Ear cropping is a veterinary surgical procedure called cosmetic otoplasty. The surgery removes part of all of a puppy’s auricles or pinnae, which are the external, visible flap of the ears.
Ear cropping was once performed for perceived practical benefits. However, we now know that ear cropping offers dogs no physical, medical, or environmental advantage. Ear cropping is not medically indicated and is a completely elective procedure. Ear cropping is performed solely for cosmetic reasons with the intent of meeting certain breed standards.