A Great Dane breeder friend of mine is trying an experiment. In her latest litter, she had two black bitches. The one she has decided is the better quality for show has been left with her natural ears; the other has been cropped.
She will show both girls and learn whether the ear cropping makes any difference in finishing order. Since she believes the natural eared girl is of better quality, by default she should win more often.
She’s also going to assess other things, such as frequency of ear infections and approachability when out on walks. Should be an interesting experiment! Watch for updates.