The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.
Welfare Implications of Ear Cropping-Dogs (PDF)
Welfare Implications of Tail Docking-Dogs (PDF)
History of Policy on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking of Dogs (PDF)
Canine Tail Docking (FAQ)
Ear Cropping and Canine Otitis Externa (FAQ)
2016 American Veterinary Medical Association