You stated it much better than I regarding cropping the ears. I totally agree with the "look at me I'm tough" description. I don't like the thought of cropping the ears in general. As for across the board including the Dobie, that is an interesting comment because I can't recall ever seeing one that didn't have the ears cropped. Is there a functional purpose?
When I think of the Dobie and Bandog, I think guard dog and the intimidating look sort of makes sense. With the Pit Bulls and all the other spin offs, it does seem to me to be about looking like the badass on the block. It made sense when they were fighting, but I hope most people no longer do that. That was what I meant by my comment about trying to look like a pit/bandog want-a-be. I personally don't look at an Olde as only a guard dog or needing to look like a hard ass. I hadn't thought about a hog dog. I have no experience with that. The few tv shows that I have seen about hog hunting, I don't recall the dog's ears being cropped.
So the short answer for me is "no". I don't like the thought of inflicting pain for cosmetic only reasons.
Personally, I think most of the breeders on this board breed "BAD ASS" looking dogges that are popping with muscles! You don't need the ears cropped to make your dogges look hard. Just my opinion.
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