Now that my brother is adding a doberman to the family, we have been faced with this question from the breeder. We used to have one when we were younger and it had cropped ears. That was back when we had the lovely life of no jobs, not having to take responsiblity for pets, and alllowing our parents to make all decisions. He really likes that look but we keep hearing the experience is quite a traumatic one for the puppy. How much of this is true? Is it really that horrible to clip the ears/tail? Go ahead and just be brutually honest. Hehe, I can handle it. I just need some educated opinions.