Hi everyone! My pup has his scheduled neutering surgery tomorrow, and I'm still not convinced that it's the right thing to do!! I"m so unsure about this whole thing. (He is 9 months.)
There are arguments as to whether your dog will continue to "fill out" after neutering. That is a huge concern of mine! I don't want a gangly dog, I want him nice and muscular like he should be! There was even a debate on this very website about that, and both sides of the argument were strong.
I have done a lot research as to the "supposed health benefits" of neutering. Then I reasearched Not neutering also. There is just so much support out there for both sides.
I've read and re-read the discussions on this website as to pros and cons of neutering. I've talked with professionals, and different vets...but everyone has a different opinion.
Is it possible to raise a behaved, obedient, social non-neutered dog? Even if you have no plans to breed him? I just don't think that I believe enough in neutering to actually go through with this tomorrow! I have seen non neutered dogs at the dog parks that are great, and social and obedient.... I grew up with a non neutered dog who possessed all those characteristics also.
I understand the long term committment that raising a non nuetered dog would take. I am aware of all the "what if's" involved with a non neutered dog. I still think that it's possible... I ususally "go with my gut instinct..." and it's telling me not to do this tomorrow!
It is possible to have a great non-neutered dog, but I've seen dogs break through glass doors, chew through drywall, and nearly impale themselves on fences to get to a bitch in heat. It is upsetting and maddening if you can contain your dog, and a nusiance to the neighbours if you can't.
Between the health benefits, and the piece of mind that your dog won't seek out every female dog in miles, I see the benefits far outweighing wanting to keep a dog intact just because.
I would wait until the dog is 1yrs old. I am assuming that the dog version of the gH (growth hormone) is present through the pubescent age, which i belive last up until a year or so..not sure. But i think if you neuter the dog, the testosterone levels will plumit, and his growth, as well as physical development will be stunned. But then again, I am thinking about this from a human developmental point of view.
But then again, maybe not. I dont know..But I am going to paly it safe and wait a year....This has also been an issue that I was contemplating. Tough one.... I would wait...
I've seen dogs do all of the above from having seperation anxieity.
While spaying and neutering is most convent and stops 'mistakes' I am not one to say that it must be done for the dogs health and unaltered dogs are fine to live with. It is normally the time one takes to train them. It is the owners responsibility to know, understand, and control their dog. Not to let their dog rampage around, altered or unaltered.
The majority of the dogs in my house are unaltered and they are normal happy, healthy pets.
My brother's lab/chow mix, Baby Boy, is neutered and he is pretty good looking. He's a gorgeous dog and very much muscular one, too. He has awesome character and is such a joy. If you're not going to breed him, I would advise neutering. Like Mafia said, males could smell a dog in heat a mile away and they will go get her. Good luck with your decision!!
***Edited By: cecile on 4/6/2005 7:41:41 PM*** Reason: Sorry, another correction...
I believe that you should hold off on the surgery since once it's done it's done. If your not sure then wait to you are sure. It's your pet so it's your decision. Don't let other people talk you into it or talk you out of it.
If you are not showing the dog and not breeding the dog, get it altered. There are already enough oopsie litters in the world to keep everyone supplied.
A dog that is neutered is less likely to start marking and peeing in the house. He is less likely to be aggressive around other dogs, pets or people. Do you have children? You certainly don't want an overly aggressive male dog humping the kids. How traumatizing.
I can't think of any good reasons not to get your dog spayed or neutered, unless you have a fantastic show dog. Then you may want to keep the dog intact, to be able to participate in some of the shows.
Is the dog a show dog? Or is it a family pet?
Dogs that are neutered still develop muscle tone. Neutering is done to remove the less desireable qualities in a dog, cat, horse, rabbit or whatever.
Vets used to say to wait until the dog is 6 months old, but now they will neuter them as soon as both testicles are descended.
How old is your dog now? We just had our dog spayed on March 22nd. She recovered very nicely, had her stitches removed last Friday. You can barely see the scar now.
Good luck and do him a favor, follow through with the neutering appointment.
I see that you mentioned that you grew up with a non-neutered dog. Me too, wish we would have known about neutering male dogs back then. Our dog would just wait for the front door to open and then would run out. He would look for a female blocks away. I spent many hours chasing that dog, when I was young.
Wish someone would have advised us to have him neutered, it would have saved a lot of heartache.
I disagree with the mind set that if a dog is left unaltered there willa tuomaticly be accidental litters. It happens, but I don't feel it happens to the majority of homes out there. The same people that it happens to time and time again are the same ones who would have the dog altered and running the streets killing the neighbors cats.
Some dogs need to be altered becuase of harmonal agression, but many live fine, politly, and well trained unaltered. It is about what the owner wishes to put into the dog and yes, its a matter of watching the dog constantly, but just as many altered dogs escape the yard and plot how to get out of the house every day.
Though he is perfectly suitable for "showing," it's just not something I'm interested in doing....so no in answer to your question, he won't be a show dog.
He's 9 months now. He's a big boy for a weim, he's 75 lbs now. He is developing a nice full neck and hind legs...and he has that nice broad head also. He's just very long and "gangly" through the middle. I really just want to make sure he continues growing appropriately!
He is a family pet, a big ol' lapdog! He will be a hunting dog once my husband returns from Iraq, and I'm beginning the training myself now.
Oh- I don't know. I'm at 50% right now. I'll show up tomorrow and talk to the vet once more. If my instinct tells me not to.....I can always walk back out that door.