The ear crop is not only used for a aesthetic reason, it is vey important to the breeds that it used for. The dogs can show their feelings, their own personality. Fear, agressiviness, attention, charity, pain, sadness, submission, happiness are expressions easily seen trough the movement and position of the ears.
If you crop the ears of the puppy at the age between 55 to 75 days it is too much easier to get the proper ear set up high. The later you get it done, the harder to get it right, and even impossible, because the ears cartilage breaks as the dog grows older.
The time home after the ear crop is fundamental. Never leave a dog with had this surgical intervention unattended or with another dog. The partner will problably chew all the stiches and the bandages out off the head. And also pay some attention to the place he will be during this time, do not allow him to bang his head on anything that can do interfere on this healing process that is very important to the final result.
Finally, we should consider the fact that there are many "ear butchers" ou there. But only a Veterinarian, whom deeply studied the breed and the dog anatomy is capable to realize the proper surgery. It is not really hard to cut an ear. The hard task is to do it right and optimyze a Boxer good ears set.
Some exemples of correct crop-eared Boxers.
Transleted by Joanna de Assis.