Tail Docking and Ear Cropping in Miniature Pinschers

Ancient Romans invented tail docking and ear cropping for dogs, believing the surgery to prevent rabies. Now, of course, we know that rabies mortality is very low, and thus the surgery is common. At one time, ear cropping and tail docking were thought to protect dogs from being attacked by other dogs.

Tail Docking and Ear Cropping in Miniature Pinschers


Miniature pinschers are one breed that commonly has ear cropping and tail docking. They are often perceived as hiding carriers, despite their small size. They were at one time used to hunt rats and other vermin. In fact, the word " pinscher " means "biter" in German.


Miniature pinschers are typically 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh about 6 to 9 pounds. In some countries, they are allowed to be housed with other companion dogs, but not with other dogs.


I had heard about readers who had opposed tail docking and ear cropping on dogs for years, but after being contacted by a dear friend who is a vet, I have changed my mind. I am a different person now. I am fully aware that these procedures can be painful for the dog. That's why I'm coachable that I am willing to speak out against them.


Miniature pinschers frequently encounter health complications as the result of unnecessary surgeries. If a tooth needs to be extracted or an ear canal needs to be cleaned, sometimes extensive damage can be done to the dog's ability to move and function normally.


For a dog as small as a miniature pinscher, the risk of complications is very small, but health problems can result. Daily brushing of their teeth can prevent any damage to the dog's ability to help them function normally.


Pinscher health problems can includequinidia, which is a fungal infection of the ear. This can result in crusty ear swimmers and, if it becomes severe, can result in a  secondary bacterial infection.

Some fungal infections of the ear are also accompanied by a shaking of the head, irritability and a  change in hearing.  Your dog may need ear drops to combat the infection.


Another health problem that can arise is a hairless syndrome also known as Strengthened accusations. This is an infection that plagues the dog with hair loss. It can affect the dog's ability to move and can be a symptom of stress. The hairless syndrome can be caused by a number of things, including hormone imbalance, cancer, and stress.


The hairless syndrome can be treated with an anti-inflammatory anti-dandruff shampoo therapy. This medicated shampoo is very rich and must be used for a long period of time.


Dr. Pedunno was a researcher for the Mexican government who discovered the existence of the Potentially Dysplasticiating Anomaly in Mexicanozos.  The abnormality allows for the correction of the blood coagulation process, just as is possible in humans. The results of the blood coagulation abnormality are often urinary incontinence and skin and coat conditions of such poor quality that it is often mistaken for hypoglycemia. The skin condition resembles dry skin in humans. While the diagnosis is controversial, treatment is in order.


Preventative measures to avoid these medical problems include the use of vaccines.  Vaccines protect the dog against such diseases as distemper, parvo virus, coronavirus, and rabies.

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