Ear Cropping and Tail Docking of Dogs

Comment on this policy

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.

Literature Reviews:

Welfare Implications of Ear Cropping-Dogs (PDF)

Welfare Implications of Tail Docking-Dogs (PDF)

Additional Resources: 

History of Policy on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking of Dogs (PDF)

Canine Tail Docking (FAQ)

Ear Cropping and Canine Otitis Externa (FAQ)