Posted : 1/1/2007 2:21:29 PM
I might be wrong, but I think with the Dobie, it was more scaring people into paying their taxes. I think some of the war-mastiff type dogs were cropped and docked so that the people they were attacking could not grab onto the ears or tail as the dog attacked, maybe that's what you were thinking of, Cassie? Dobie tails are fun, they're prone to happy tail, which is a condition where the dog whacks its tail against things and eventually the tip will break open and bleed. It's just because of the long, whiplike tail with very little fur covering. As far as Pit Bulls go, I've heard it's best to leave the ears natural for fighting, because if their opponent gets a hold on them, it is better for them to grab an ear than the neck. I've never seen it, of course, but if the other dog got ahold of an ear, the dog that's being held should have an opening for the neck. I might be completely wrong, but it makes sense to me. That, and if you look at pictures of most of the old time fighting dogs, they've got natural ears.