Ear cropping is a controversial procedure, outlawed in Europe for humane reasons. The AKC (American Kennel Club) no longer requires ear cropping for show dogs. Ear crops are a cosmetic surgery, purely a matter of personal taste. Veterinarians ask the owner’s wishes, and explain the surgical process fully, including the extensive aftercare (ear wrapping) required on the part of the owners. Veterinarians explain the surgical risks and possible complications.