Ear cropping and tail docking of dogs

UNDER REVIEW

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

Welfare implications of tail docking-dogs

Additional resources

History of policy on ear cropping and tail docking of dogs (PDF)

Canine tail docking (FAQ)