Originally Posted by NesOne
Of course I'm going to say crop 'em. But since you're also asking for advice/suggestions, I will say that if you're not the type of person to get your hands dirty (especially with blood) then you might want to think twice. But if you're ok with cleaning your pups ears and tuning out the crying, then go for it.
Now this all depends on the vet that you choose. Some will wrap the ears, and you won't have to deal with much after care, but if the vet is like my vet, he had me cleaning the scabs off daily (after the 1st 3 days) with hydrogen peroxide.
When I got my dogs ears cropped, I was told NOT to touch them at all. There was no cleaning, no blood, just leave them alone for 10 days until the stitches come out. They were taped up. Also, hydrogen peroxide kills germs but also living cells, so from what I know, it would be damaging to use. Something like chlorhexadine might be better IMO.
I have known of some dogs who got their ears cropped and were bothered by it and ripped out the stitches, had to get re-stitched, sounds like a nightmare to me. I think a good crop looks great, but a bad crop looks TERRIBLE, so if you do decide, find the best vet you can for crops and do not price-shop. If you can't find a really good vet for crops then just leave them be. Also request pain meds, IMO it's cruel to not give pain meds after surgeries. Studies show dogs will heal faster with pain meds.