There are three different types of ear cropping for Doberman Pinschers which are largely left up to the owners depending on their taste. The smallest version is called the military crop, in which the ears are shortest in length but has a wide base, or bell. These crops usually don’t take as long to stand as the others.

The medium crop is slightly longer than the military crop with a smaller bell. The longest crop is called the show crop, which is both longer in length and narrower at the base.





Doberman Military Crop
Doberman Show Crop
Doberman Medium Crop



FIRST THREE WEEKS of Doberman Pinscher ear taping


Teaching Cropped Ears to Stand
~ by Deb Stover

Supplies Puppy,(LOL)
Dr. Scholl’s Mole Foam(not mole skin)
Skin Bond surgical glue(from medical supply)
tape…I prefer Sports Tape or any of the white cloth tapes sold in drug stores. The mole foam comes in a rectangular piece like the diagram below:

1. cut the mole foam on the diagonal

2. peel the sticky backing off and bring the two bottom corners together producing a cone shape.

3. paint glue on the inside of the ear leather

4. paint glue on the back of the mole foam and around the bottom front (where the two pieces form the base

5. easily place the mole foam down in the ear to the little knob and pull the ear up straight.

6. don’t stretch the ear, just pull it up like it would be standing naturally.

7. wrap the ears in tape over night….not taped together.. just each one wrapped from base to tip.

8. take tape off next morning and don’t worry about it until the foam comes out in about 2-3 weeks.

This works much better than the old tampon applicator method. The tampons would rub sores, get real dirty and cause discomfort to the puppies. The mole foam is soft but rigid enough to hold the ear vertical and it allows the ears to be used independently of each other.

You can also use the foam tubing you put around doors and cracks in your home in place of the mole foam. This can be purchased at any hardware store with the insulation materials. It comes in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch sizes.

The mole foam works great for large breeds until the pupsters around 9 weeks old. The mole foam isn’t long enough for long ears once they pass this age. That’s where the foam tubing comes in handy for the big guys.

Once the ears are standing we’ll have an occasional tip that wants to curl over. You can take a single piece of tape and tape flat over the tip of the ear to help straighten that out also. Or if one ears wants to fall over at the base you can wrap a single ear at the base to help teach that to stand. Vitamin C also helps a lot getting ears up early on. It’s best to get the ears up before puppy starts to teeth if possible. How quick a puppie’s ears stand depends on several factors; ear set, how thick or thin the ear leather itself is, the length and most importantly the age when the ears are cropped.



* The Dobermanns and Ear Taping *

Over the years we have received and replied to many inquiries from people who needed help in ear taping of Dobermanns. We would like to post these several pages as our small contribution for all Dobermann fans and present and future puppy owners.Our first recommendation is to make sure that ear cropping is only done by those who have a great deal of experience with this procedure. This surgery should performed by a vet who specializes in cropping of ears. Also, please note that this is just a reference guide, it is highly advisable that a novice Dobermann owner watch and assist someone who is experienced in taping ears several times before doing it alone.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Dr. William V. Martin DVM introduced this method of Ear Posting to me. Dr. Bill (as he is commonly called) resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and though retired, still retains a practice for Ear Cropping and Corrective Ear Surgery primarily for Dobermans, Great Danes, and Pit Bull Terriers. He has clients come to him from all over the United States, and is considered by many to be the definitive “expert” in Corrective Ear Surgery. Although he uses a “Styrofoam cup” immediately after cropping young puppies, this method is used after the cups are removed and on any dog older than a young puppy until the Ears are standing. *** Note: Altobello puppies have for a long period of time now used Styrofoam cup after surgery, instead of the old method with the wire frame, and new page with this is in preparation; but usually when you get your puppy it is already over the “Styrofoam cup” phase – all stitches are healed and you need to start taping/posting ears.***

ABOUT METHOD: I have tried almost every method available on the Internet, tampons, sticks, and Quick Brace to list a few, but Dr. Bill’s Method is by far, the easiest, most economical, most effective and better for your dogs general health, than any of those I have tried. Simple to construct, from easily found materials, Dr. Bill’s posts are the lightest, most non-invasive form of Ear Posting, which both you and your puppy will soon come to appreciate. The general idea behind the Method is “simplicity and effectiveness” and the elements which make it successful are: STRENGTH: provided by the plastic straw; PROTECTION: provided by the Adhesive Tape; DOG FRIENDLY: by being very lightweight, the puppy does not have some bulky apparatus to lug around, the straw provides an airway to the Ear Canal, and the pup’s hearing is not impaired. There are some important things to remember, and I cannot emphasize these enough. First and foremost, you use a high quality Adhesive Tape. Believe me when I say, I have searched the planet for the “right” tape, and by using the correct tape you will find that the Posts stick better, and stay on much longer. Dr. Bill recommends KENDALL CURITY STANDARD POROUS TAPE. It can be found on the Internet at several Professional Medical Supply websites, or your own Vet may be a resource. This tape is very porous, which allows the ear to “breathe”, while supplying the “best” adhesion. Trust me, don’t scrimp in this department, the tape is probably the single important piece of the puzzle. The MCDONALD’S Large Drink Straw provides a lot of strength and support, while being lightweight, flexible, and allowing an “airway” to the bottom of the Ear Canal. I asked a Manager at McDonald’s for a few, and she gave me a thousand of them. Hope I never need that many! Gauze pads are easily found at every drugstore, and I suggest you get the generic “store” brand, as they are less expensive, and will be covered with tape anyway. All you need now is a good pair of scissors, and an assistant to help you hold your subject. Study the pictures carefully, as I have illustrated in detail, so you get both the materials and the concept correct. PREPARING THE POSTS On a clean surface, fold out the 3×3 Gauze Pads in half, depending on the size of your puppy, you may need as many as three pads to achieve the correct size of the post. It should be big enough around to fit inside the ear.

Lay out the straw in the center of the gauze pads, leaving about three quarters of one inch of gauze on one end. This is the part that will sit in the cradle of the ear, so it is important that the gauze extends the straw. Now put a piece of tape, about five inches long directly over the straw, this holds the straw in place as you prepare the post.

Now roll the gauze and the straw into a tube. Starting at the bottom of the tube, begin wrapping the tape around the gauze making sure that you leave three quarters of a inch of exposed gauze on the end. This will be the “cushion” which sits in the bottom of the ear canal. As you reach the top of the gauze, twist the tape, so you can now “Back-Tape” the tube from top to bottom.

“Back-Taping” is simply reversing the tape so that the “sticky” side is now out. When you reach the bottom of the tape on the tube, cut off the tape and secure the end to the post.

For right now you should have a post that is very sticky and looks something like this, don’t worry about the length of the straw; you will cut it to fit, later in the process. Obviously, you will have to repeat this step so that you will have a post for each ear, and then you will be ready to apply the post to your pup’s ears.

APPLYING THE POSTS Having your assistant hold the puppy’s head, take one of the posts and insert it down into the pup’s ear. As always be very careful, but be sure to get the post all the way down into the ear. The soft gauze tip will sit in the bottom of the ear and protect it. Once the post is in place, gently wrap the ear around the post and begin taping as close to the base of the ear as you can get. Wrap the first piece, usually about five inches long, by first adhering it to the sticky part of the post, then wrapping in a clockwise manner around the bottom of the ear. This part requires a little bit of practice. It’s important to have the tape tight enough to secure the ear, but not too tight to hinder circulation. The tape DOES NOT have to be tight, just stuck to the ear.

Now wrap another five-inch piece of tape, in the same manner, around the top of the ear. Same rules apply in terms of tightness. Now simply repeat the process for the remaining ear. COMPLETING THE POST Now the “figure-eight” which holds the two ears together, and provides the stability for the Post. Take your tape and ”rip” a piece about one quarter inch wide, and about two feet long. I find that it is best to reserve a roll of tape specifically for this, as you can continue to “rip” strips from it.

Starting at the bottom of either ear, stick one end of the strip to the tape on the pup’s ear, and begin wrapping around both ears in a “figure-eight” motion. Have your assistant hold both ears up, and then “relax” them slightly, as this is the position that you want the ears to remain at after the post is applied. You will continue taping around both ears with the strip until you have reached the end.

Now take a piece of tape, about two inches long, and wrap it around the “figure-eight” between the ears.

This will prevent the tape from sticking to the puppy’s head. Final step, cut the top of the straw, just above the top of the ear. This method provides a lightweight yet sturdy post for the Cropped Ears.

When you notice the post is loosening or becomes wet, you can replace it easily. I have experienced great success with this method, and without messy liquid adhesives, bulky, protruding apparatus, and as little disruption to the puppy’s normal activities. I have asked for and received Dr. Bill’s permission to print these instructions, and make them available on the Internet to anyone that is interested. Many thanks to him and his staff for showing me a “better” way to post ears for my dogs. Questions and comments are always welcome.

Author: Jon Martin

Dr Bill’s Method of Ear Posting Items Required

Sterile Gauze Pads (Standard 3×3) approximately 2 needed per ear, Good Quality 2 inch Adhesive Tape, CURITY Standard Porous Tape is the BEST!; McDonald’s Large Drink Straw, Scissors