Rather than hijack the Cat Declaw thread, I thought I would open another can of worms ask your opinion on some surgerys for dogs, that are usually not medically necessary, but are frequently requested by owners: Ear cropping: commonly requested for Dobermans, Pitbulls, Boxers, Boston Terriers, Great Danes, Miniature & Giant Schnauzers, Bouviers. Tail Docks: commonly requested for Cocker Spaniels, Pointers, Weimeraners, Vizlas, Bouviers, Boxers, Dobermans, Schnauzers, Rottweilers, Pembroke Corgis, many varieties of Terriers, Poodles. Dewclaw removal: many hunting and working breeds. Ear piercing: mostly small breeds. Declaw: sometimes requested by people with fragile skin and/or expensive floors. Tail docking and/or ear cropping is not required by the AKC in order to show a dog, and is not supposed to decrease the dog's score. Elective tail docking and/or ear cropping has been banned in some countries. Your opinions, please?