February 18, 2016
Doberman Pinscher Club of Canada:
As further bans have recently been announced we have released a statement.
The GDCC feels that presentation of Great Danes with cropped ears is representative of our breed's heritage and, should we no longer be allowed to present our Danes in this manner, an important part of our breed history could be lost. Consequently, the GDCC has chosen to support our members' right to choose whether or not to crop their Great Danes.
CKC Supports Freedom of Choice Regarding Ear Cropping Following recent changes to the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia bylaws, banning the ear cropping of dogs, CKC has participated in several media inquiries with the assistance of local subject-matter experts and members—resulting in substantial print and broadcast coverage—to correct misunderstandings and to reaffirm CKC’s position: freedom of choice.
The Great Dane is, historically, a cropped breed. Danes were originally used as war and guard dogs, and to hunt wild boar. Because their ears were often torn by the boars’ tusks during the hunt, they were cropped very short. Over the years, this short crop has evolved into the longer, elegant crop many associate with the Great Danes of today.
The Canadian Kennel Club Great Dane breed standard makes reference to both cropped and uncropped ears, and gives a detailed description of each. It is perfectly acceptable to show Danes either way, and no preference should be given to either in the show ring.
The Great Dane Club of Canada has members who prefer to have their puppies cropped, those who prefer not to, and those who will crop or not depending on the individual puppy and the home it will go to. The ears are cropped by a veterinarian, under general anesthesia. Proper aftercare and taping are required to ensure that the desired result (ie. an erect ear) is achieved.
The Great Dane Club of Canada supports the rights of their breeder-members to choose how they wish to present the Danes they breed. Either choice is acceptable according to the breed standard, and the ultimate decision to crop or not is left to the individual.
While none of the 175 Canadian Kennel Club breed standards require that a dog have cropped ears, we believe that breeders deserve the right to choose this procedure and support those veterinarians still able to provide the service. Choosing to obtain such services through veterinary professionals will guarantee they are performed under the most humane of circumstances and consistent with similar practices in the livestock industry.
CKC is attentive to changing societal values with respect to purebred dogs and affirms that docked tails are a significant part of the history of many breeds. Breeders continue this practice for historical reasons but primarily due to safety concerns with working dogs. The Canadian Kennel Club supports breeders whose breeds have traditionally been docked.
Our Club does not believe that a ban on ear cropping will stop the practice because these services continue to be available in other countries including the United States.
CKC supports the Canadian veterinary community and encourages continued choice for the veterinary practitioner to provide these services to those individuals seeking them.
Giant Schnauzer Canada is extremely disappointed that the British Columbia College of Veterinarians has banned ear cropping in the province of BC.
The DPCC was created by a group of breed enthusiasts to encourage and promote the responsible breeding of purebred Doberman Pinschers and to do all possible to bring their qualities to perfection. The cropped and docked Doberman has been a part of our breed history since the introduction of the Doberman in Canada in 1912. In the 45 years since the inception of the club it has encouraged members to support and work with veterinarians to improve the quality of their dogs lives through great relationships, and by funding and supporting research. As a group that has resulted in a substantial amount of funding poured into research and has created access to new and innovative health testing, which in turn has further improved the dogs that we love.
As the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association(CVMA) has encouraged its Provincial Associations to choose to ban their members from performing ear cropping and in some cases tail docking, it has shown a lack of respect for the relationship a breeder and it's valued professional has. It shows a lack of understanding on why we value the history and functionality of these procedures. It also further plays into the hands of those who would like to see the end of the breeder and breeds themselves.
Ethical and caring breeders spend their lifetimes supporting their owners through educating and assistance They spend sleepless nights with puppies when they are born. Spend countless hours and thousands of dollars trying to find out what is wrong with their beloved companions. Take back their dogs throughout their lifetime if needed so they do not end up abandoned or in shelters. Denying the dedicated and hardworking breeders access to veterinary care for these procedures,and creating a divide in that valued vet/breeder relationship is not the solution to ending cruelty, stopping puppy mills, educating owners, or decreasing the amount of dogs in shelters. In fact it will add to the problem by pushing these caring breeders away and into non existence.
We, as the guardians of the breed, continue to stand for the Freedom of Choice and the Right of the Owner to choose for their dog.
The Canadian Miniature Pinscher Club feels strongly in taking a stand against the decision of the Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association to arbitrarily ban ear cropping as a purely cosmetic procedure. The CVMA has not presented the actual facts to the public, there are numerous studies and reports available that contradict those used by the CVMA in support of this ban.
This Club supports the individual’s freedom of choice and by banning this safe and ethical procedure done by a skilled, knowledgeable, and qualified veterinarian, is in fact creating more suffering and pain, thereby no longer upholding their Veterinarian’s oath; “to relieve animal suffering.” The Club feels an individual’s right to make responsible, appropriate choices for their pet, should be a decision left between the owner and their chosen veterinarian.
They have disregarded the heritage of cropped breeds and have not presented to the public the true facts for both sides of this procedure. In media interviews, one person advocating cropping was heard, and four people against it were interviewed. BTW, which were people without any experience with the procedure. The college did not consult or listen to the very people who are the guardians of their breeds. These people have decades of experience by which they can provide proof that there are not the detrimental effects of cropping that the college claims there are. If there were, the breed clubs themselves would want to change the practice. Giant Schnauzer Canada firmly advocates the freedom of choice and the right of the individual to decide for their dog.
President of the GSC
March 11, 2016
The Canadian Miniature Pinscher Club