To Neuter or Not to Neuter - That is the Question!
I recommend spaying and neutering your dog if you are not into
conformation showing. Breeding dogs is an art, or at least it should
be. One should only breed after studying the breed thoroughly,
showing and having the best stock available and making sure you are
familiar with the breed's hereditary problems. There are plenty of fun
things you can do with your neutered dog.....like obedience, agility
and lure coursing. Your dog will not be proned to mammary, uterine,
ovarian or testicular cancers or injuries from fights with other
You won't have bloody spots all over the house and furniture
when your female comes in season and you won't have to worry about an
unplanned pregnancy and can relax when she's out in the backyard by
herself. Your dog won't be lifting his leg on your favorite plants,
furniture or your leg!
Your dog won't be as aggressive with other dogs and can focus
all its attention on you - the love of its life!
Best of all, you won't be adding to the overpopulation of
animals. The fewer pups that come into the world, the fewer will have
to be destroyed! Many unplanned breedings result when unaltered dogs
are left to roam and mate with strays or a neighbor's dog and the poor
puppies wind up in the pound to be put to death. None of us want to be
responsible for loss of life to these poor innocent creatures.
Unfortunately, some people have a bunch of common reasons why
they shouldn't have their animal neutered! Here are a few of the usual
- We want another dog just like King/Queen.
NOT! Just as your children are not like you or you are not like your
mom or dad, neither will the pups be. Besides, each and every dog has
his or her own unique personality as a result of breeding or
environment and to expect a puppy to be just like old King would be an
unfair expectation of the puppy and an insult to the memory to that
cherished old dog! Each animal should be valued for it's own
contribution and enrichment to your life.
- My dog will get fat and lazy. NOT! As we
all get older, we become more sedatary- dogs, too. Dogs get fat and
lazy from the same thing we do......overeating and not enough exercise!
- My dog's personality will change. YES!
And for the better! Male dogs won't be as aggressive, neither males nor
females will be as proned to roam and they will be more willing to
devote themselves to you and what you are doing.I always say that dogs
roam for 3 reasons;1) For sex....there are too many animals without
homes in the world today to let that happen, 2) for food.....you do
feed your dog so no need for that and 3) for companionship.....Bring
that puppy inside and make him/her part of your family. It satisfies
the pack instinct. Also, DO something with your dog....work with him
and teach him something or play with him! Dogs are not mindless
creatures! Many breeds were developed to work or for a specific
purpose....Just like us, they need a purpose in life!
- We want our children to witness the birth.
HOGWASH! The whelping process usually takes place at night and
sometimes for hours and hours and into the next day. Who's gonna let
some kid stay up all night? First time moms need their privacy,
otherwise, she's going to be confused as it is, in pain and all that
intrusion could cause her undue stress. She could be screaming or
biting, she might reject the pups, try to kill and eat them......What
kind of message would that send to the kids? The birthing process
although a fact of life is not without danger. The children's favorite
dog might lose her life, causing more grief than joy.
- We will sell the pups and make money.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! By the time you pay the stud fee, the vet's fee for
pre-breeding requirements of OFA or PennHip and any other tests to rule
out hereditary problems, the vitamins and food for the bitch and pups,
the post-whelping vet fees for taking off dewclaws, whelping supplies,
food, food and more food, shots, worming, your hard labor of cleaning
up after them ( For every one pound of food that goes in their mouths,
two pounds come out the other end!), talking to people on the
phone....many long distance...advertisements, gas for trips to the vet
or having to lose work to take them to the vet.....you will barely
cover expenses, that is, if you can find them good homes by 8 weeks of
age and there are no unforeseen mishaps! And what if you can't find
them a home? Are you prepared to keep them as long as necessary? What
happens if the mother dies or rejects the pups? Who will feed them
every 2 hrs. and stimulate them to eliminate? What if they all get
Parvo or Corona at 4 weeks? Who is going to stay up with the sick
babies? These are some hard questions that should be asked - and
answered - before breeding your dog.
- We are afraid of our pet having surgery.
A common concern and always there is a slight risk. Talk with your
veterinarian. There are many new anesthetics now that are very safe.
The medical benefits far outweigh the risks.
- All that said, I must add that I do not recommend neutering
the dog's long bone growth is completed. Why? Because neutering too
early can cause rapid long bone growth that has been linked to bone
cancer. Neutering females under 6 mos can cause aggression later in
females and shyness in males. Please follow the recommendations of your
breeder before you make the decision.