Cropping is the practice of surgically clipping a dog’s ears, followed by stringent taping so that they stand upright.
The whole point is to make them look “better” to humans.
The procedure makes the ears triangular and pointed up, whereas left natural, the ears are more floppy.
Two breeds well-known for their cropped ears are Dobermans and Boxers.
These breeds and some sporting breeds, like Weimaraners and German Shorthairs, also undergo tail docking, so that only a nub or very short tail remains.
At this same time, the dewclaw, the fifth claw, up higher on the leg, is snipped off as well.
These procedures are usually performed without anesthesia within a few days of birth, but on older animals, anesthesia is used.