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Keeping an Ancient Roman Tradition Alive PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2008 00:04
Ear cropping has a long history believed to date back to the early Romans. It’s therefore tragic that the Italian’s, creators of our breed and the ear crop are now banned from practicing this rich tradition. With future aspirations that one day the ban is lifted from Italian law, it is the responsibility of countries who have no prohibitions to continue the tradition of cropping, both in legal battles in the case of California AB418 defeated bill introduced in 2004 by Rep. Paul Koretz, as well as educational battle to teach veterinarians, and breeders outside of Italy on how to make the difficult style in crop. In the United States, the reasonable stand on the issue on cropping:Azim Di FondoAnfossi

The American Kennel Club recognizes that ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw removal, as described in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health. Appropriate veterinary care should be provided.

has proven that anti-cropping and docking advocates can be defeated with proper organization and action while staying true to this belief. Therefore by following the AKC example we can continue to win these legal wars in the United States and other countries.

Fanciers have to come to the realization that Italians, in time are in danger of loosing the tradition which Dr. Loris Pazzaglia mentiones in his interview with Kim Slater, and the know how of this ancient art. It’s imperative that old and new fanciers/owners demand on the cropping of your puppies, this is especially true with “show quality dogs,” where greater visibility is usually given at confirmation and working events. If your Breeder does not give an option to crop prior to placing their puppies, ask them for a referral on a good practitioner of ear cropping, you can as well reach out to the Neapolitan Mastiff community whom can usually provide advice as to possible options nearest to your area.

The demand on cropping will in turn help the educational battle of teaching veterinarians and breeders on the two styles (Naples style or Querci and later known as Southern style due to common style practice from breeders in Sicily, Italy) of cropping which enhances our Mastini in giving that incredible unique expression and look. The demand on cropping however can only help if it is parallel with good communication, and a willingness to help one another from those whom know of good practitioners of the Neapolitan Mastiff ear cuts. In this breed, like so many others, secrets are revered and cherished, but for the common good of our breed, these selfish secrets should be tossed out for the good of the Mastini world wide.

For more information on cropping and docking visit:

Animal Legal and Historic Center

Selected Photographs from Mastini with ear crops

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 00:39