Cropping ears is not the horrible thing everyone makes it out to be. There is a good health reason for cropping ears. Over the dog's lifetime, he/she will have fewer ear infections because moisture does't get trapped in their ears like it would if they were left floppy. The actual process of cropping and training the ears to stand up doesn't actually hurt the dog, it's more like a minor annoyance. However, ear cropping should ALWAYS be done by a professional!!!