I'm not sure on some facts about cropping, and had a little debate with my dad about however cropping is nessesary and/or a health issue for the dog. I'm of the idea that its not anything but pure estetics + maybe for funneling sound bether(dobbermen for guarding.. but comeon this can't be a reason in 2009)? My dad though got all those tales about "flappy" ears being a healthrisk of great propotion for all the "cropped" dogbreeds; pit bulls/rottweiler /dobermann etc. Such as; bloodcirculation problems, painfull shaking the head(flapping ears to hard on skull to make them bleed). Etc. etc. And also some other people use the; for not having those big ears for thiefs to grab(guard dog) lol? He does agree that the tail is just for looks, and even hurt the dog more wen cropped as it serve as a link in balancing. Anyone that can clear this up for me? Most people in my "village" here is like ppl in denmark and the uk 500years ago, 90!!% of all dogs is held in a small cage or CHAIN 24/7. TY!