Hi,
I have a 3 month old female Doberman puppy and am looking for a reputable ear cropper in the the Memphis, TN area.

Please send me any recommendations and I will check them out.

What age should I crop the ears?
I hear 3-4 months from some, 6 months from others.

Thanks, Jeff.
Breeders tell me it's best done at about 10-12 weeks. Friends who breed Dobes travel over 150 miles (one way) to a vet who is very skilled at doing ears for this breed.
However!! Not many vets are very good at ear cropping and many flat feel that it's abusive and will not do the surgery.

Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Breeders tell me it's best done at about 10-12 weeks. Friends who breed Dobes travel over 150 miles (one way) to a vet who is very skilled at doing ears for this breed.

No, earlier. 7-9 weeks is best. At that age the ears heal extremely quickly.
However!! Not many vets are very good at ear cropping and many flat feel that it's abusive and will not do the surgery.

Loads of hideous crops out there. We flew one in from several states away. It's not any more cruel than any other surgical procedure, and significantly less painful than a spay or neuter, which is also optional alteration of the dog.
However, I always recommend that first time buyers or people who have gotten their dog from a non-reputable breeder not crop ears unless they are SURE they want to take on the commitment to proper after care. It's a PITA to deal with, and though it is not a big deal for the puppy if done correctly, badly taped ears can result in disaster.

All good, responsible breeders crop puppies before placing them in homes so new owners don't have to deal with it. A good number will also leave your puppy uncropped if you request, though a few won't mostly older breeders. However, no responsible breeder in the U.S. would ever leave a puppy undocked. Almost all will also do dewclaws. That's done at 3 days of age.
Hi, I have a 3 month old female Doberman puppy and am looking for a reputable ear cropper in the ... out. What age should I crop the ears? I hear 3-4 months from some, 6 months from others. Thanks, Jeff.

Dr. Ruth Wilburn in Olive Branch works closely with Dobie rescue and would be able to advise you if it were too late for your dog to have this done. She'd also be able to advise you if you have a quality dog that would be worth spending the money on having this done, or whether or not your dog is the product of a back yard breeder and is likely to be a poor genetic specimen who will have expensive health issues down the road that you should save the ear crop money for. Obviously if you had obtained the dog from a reputable breeder, you would not have to ask this question in a newsgroup.