Some pet owners crop their dog's ears. This procedure ends with the ears standing straight up. I get the impression that this is genearlly tailored towards specific breeds (stronger ones), though I don't truly know. There are various laws prohibiting these procedures in certain locations (even entire countries) because of animal cruelty. Here's a before and after photo of what I'm referring to:
I can't help but wonder if there are any upsides to it at all. Either medically, sensory, or functionally. As far as I can tell, it looks like some owners do this strictly for appearences. Upon further research, they apparently have a lot of different styles, too. Like so:
- Does this provide any legitimate benefit?
- Why do people do it?