The answer is no. While some may say that the Boxer standard is cropped ears, just about every recognized dog club, including the AKC accepts Boxers with or without cropped ears.
Should you Have Your Boxer's Ears Cropped?
This is most certainly a personal decision. Cropping is not clinically proven to reduce ear infections or reduce the chance of a dog getting ear mites. Dog shows allow Boxers with their normal floppy ears.
The only valid reason an owner would have is that they prefer their dog to look a certain way. It is a myth that puppies do not feel pain...there are nerve endings in the ears. Is that worth the discomfort that a Boxer puppy
will need to endure? While we must stay neutral on this subject, we suggest that an owner carefully think about this issue before deciding.
Taping Boxer Ears
Even with cropping, precise symmetrical ears does not always happen. It is common for 1 ear to stand more erect than another...or even both may not stand as one desired.
The experience of the veterinarian has a part in this...But also the muscles at the base of the ear, if not strong enough, simply will not hold them up as one may have wished. When this happens, one wonders if taping Boxer ears is a method that truly works. The answer is: Sometimes. You will have a better chance of success if it is:
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