What Is Min Pin Ear Cropping?

Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) ear cropping is when the ears of a Miniature Pinscher are cropped so that they are shorter on top. Cropped ears require a medical procedure and usually accompany another procedure to make the ears stand up straight as well.

There are many different breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers, Boxers and Great Danes, that typically have cropped ears with or without standing ears. The reason for the cropped ears is often due to the American Kennel Club (AKC)'s breed standard for particular breeds. However, cropped ears can also be a health benefit for dogs that have an increased risk of getting ear infections. The American Veterinary Medical Association points out that the studies do not show that ear cropping has a medical purpose and the current health benefit is primarily speculation.

The AKC, however, does not demand that the Miniature Pinscher have its ears cropped and owners are left to make that decision on their own. Any owner who wishes to crop his or her Miniature Pinscher's ears will need to make an appointment with a veterinarian. For these dogs, the ear cropping will likely take place around 3 or 4 months of age. If the puppy gets too old then the veterinarian will not be able to successfully operate, so it is advised that owners consult with their veterinarian during the initial puppy visits for vaccinations.