To crop or not to crop?
Ear crops are sometimes thought of as cosmetic, and there is a push by certain groups to outlaw cropping of ears because it is thought of as cruel. These ideas are based largely on misinformation and lack of knowledge about the canine. On the contrary, ear cropping actually protects the dog's health.
For those struggling with the issue of whether or not to crop the ears of their new puppy, please consider that maintaining the health of your dog is very important, and cropping the ears plays a big part in maintaining his or her well being. Erect ears are natural in some breeds and have proven to be healthier overall. The erect ear is more difficult for parasites, yeast, and other little beasties to infiltrate. This type of bacteria and yeast can lead to serious ear infections or worse. The heavy-hanging ears of the mastiff provides a leather like flap covering the ear canal which prevents air and sunlight from penetrating into the ear. This results in moisture being trapped inside and creates a breeding ground for parasites and bacteria.
I urge anyone interested in a Cane Corso puppy to thoroughly research this topic.
I have posted some photographs of our dogs, some with ears and some cropped, to give you a better idea of the differences in their physical appearance. All of these dogs are from my breedings except for the bottom photos who are a father and daughter.