I never intended for this blog to become a forum for debating cropping and docking, but apparently some critics are not content to let it be (see comments to previous post). So, since this is my blog, I guess I should be entitled to express my own thoughts.
If we're going to address "how a Dobe should look," we cannot avoid discussing conformation. To that end, I submit that the physical requirements detailed in the breed's standard are far more relevant than the ears, as conformation and temperament are genetically determined and passed to future generations, while cropping and docking are not (sorry, Jean Baptiste Lamarck).
When we've achieved a stable breed without CVI, overangulation or cardio problems, etc., with universally correct temperament and sound conformation, and when every specimen of breeding stock can pass the ZTP, then we can afford to debate whether cropping should be required or merely optional, as it is now.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I'm not opposed to cropping and docking. But I am consistently amazed at those who say, "I have a right to crop and you can't tell me what to do!" who then try to tell me what to do. /sigh/
I will NOT tolerate comments which attempt to argue in favor of or against c/d, in response to this post. I'm not interested in hosting that debate. If the main thrust of your comments is to promote cropping or to protest cropping, your comment will be deleted.
Further comments on my personal qualities will still be cheerfully accepted. /grin/