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Kimmelot

by Kimmelot on 22 January 2019 - 15:01

Would an Importer/Breeder remove the top tip of the ear with a U shaped, or W shaped, or even right across to mark it as one of their animals prior to importing it ? Or is it more likely that a dog had the ear tip bit off by another dog prior to shipping ? Especially today when dogs need to be permanently ID to import ?

Argument comes on the hands of a found Malinois puppy in the countryside of California that obviously has both ear tips bit off. Certain dog trainers of fluffy dogs are claiming this is a breeder/import marking.
malndobe

by malndobe on 22 January 2019 - 15:01

Never heard of it, and myself and friends have imported quite a few dogs. Not to mention many European countries have now banned both docking and cropping, I can't see them OK'ing this as a means of identification.  Chances are better the pups ears were injured at some point, or someone here in the US did it thinking it would make the dog "cool". IE they may have thought it was a "thing" to indicate imported dogs, or someone told them it was common in the breed, etc. I remember years ago there was someone in Oregon breeding Malinois and docking all their tails. When asked why he said "all working Malinois have their tails docked". Because he'd seen a bomb dog with a docked tail. Umm, yeah. No.

Kimmelot

by Kimmelot on 22 January 2019 - 15:01

Considering Ear tipping markings could be changed, or malformed later.. this wouldn't seem like a very good way to ID a dog. Especially when it's easier to tattoo, and less likely to get infected by leaving an open wound. Anyone being sought after on the internet would likely have Microchip system in place also for those dogs being imported ? This is the 21st century.

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