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Throw around words such as boxer and ear cropping and people will probably figure youre referring to the sport know as boxing Specifically to a notorious world championship bout in which one boxer did indeed crop the ear of another Our discussion is here though it focuses on an entirely different species of boxers and an entirely different style of ear cropping The boxer of course is the boxer dog A breed that by custom and by standards typically undergoes a surgical procedure designed to turn its naturally floppy-style ear into ears that stand tall stiff and erectAbraham 8 Meanwhile at the other end of the Boxers well muscled physique we find its tail or whats left of it The tail you see also undergoes a surgical procedure The tail is docked meaning in laymans terms that it is cut shortAbraham10 It leaves the Boxer with that characteristic stub that wiggles rather furiously when the Boxer is pleased which for this rather friendly breed is much of the time Consequently the dog we see fitting the classic mold outline in the American Kennel Club AKC Boxer breed standard is a bit different from the portrait we would see if the pup were allowed to grow up without surgical intervention These procedures lie at the heart of a rather heated debate especially in the Boxer world Unlike many other cropped and docked breeds the Boxers breed standard offers no choice regarding whether the tail or most significantly the ears may be left natural and still satisfy the standards guide linesVickers 4 This is a restriction that many enthusiasts hope to see changed in the future In the show ring if a dog is found to have been cosmetically altered to mold it into the breed standards image that dog is disqualified unless the surgeries in question are tail docking or ear cropping The reasons for cropping and docking are rooted in canine history
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