Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give advice in Ontario about whether I should have my male Rotweiler fixed or not. He has no papers at this time and I bought him out of the newspaper. He was an accident between two family members Rotties. He is 5 1/2mnths old and everyone who sees him want to know our breeder.He is very good looking. I bought a Rottie book called ultimate Rotwieler and he looks exactly like many of the dogs in there. He seems to have great genetics and is very smart. At 4 mnths old he could do many tricks and will even leave a steak or any traet on the floor untill I tell him OK.At dog school he was the second youngest and the only dog that could do everything be the end of the course. Being a guy it just seems to be a mean thing to do to the little fella and he has such great looks and personality.Thanks
HI, Jed, just because your dog listens to you and does tricks doesnt mean he is a good canidate to for breeding...if you hvae no papers on the lil guy i see no reason as why not to neuter him... my non-papered dogs are all spayed and neutered...and you dont know for sure if he has good genetics...but its just my opinion
I'll be the first to tell you, brace yourself for what your asking for. We have lots of members on her that are adimit about spaying/neutering of all dogs that aren't being breed by a professional breeder. Also there are a lot of adimit rescue members.
As for my opinion, you do what suits you. They say neutering helps lessen the chance for prostate cancer in male dogs and it also helps calm them down. My husky is 6 and is full intact and I have no intentions of changing that anytime soon. I have no problems with him and hence find no reason to make him have such an extensive surgery.
If it were female, I would lean more toward the spaying side, because you wouldn't want to have unplanned litters and have to deal with that. But being a male....I kind of ride the fence with neutering.
whether or not you neuter is up to you. It's not cruel, and it'squite likely your dog would be happier for being neutered, as he will be more focused on you than on following his sexual hormones when he gets older.
Just be prepared for things that may come up as he gets older. If a female goes into heat in a 1 mile radius of hour house your boy may become determined to mate or roam. I have a friend who's dog lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks when a neighbor's dog went into heat... so it went from 75 to 60 lbs. HUGE weight loss. He refused to eat. It's yoru responsibility to make sure that your dog stays contained, as if he gets loose he could get into fights iwth other dogs, or even killed.
As it is, since your dog has no papers, you dont necesarily have to have him neutered but you really should not be breeding him. There are tons of great rottweilers out there who have great temperments like yours and have papers. You say your dog has a great pedigree but do you know if your dog's parents have been OFAed for hips and elbows? Or had CERF certification done on their eyes? Since you mentioned an accidental breeding i doubt it. Tests like these greatly reduce the chance of your dog passing (and the parents) passing genetic defects like hip and elbow dysplasia, entriopion and PRA to their offspring.
I would fix your dog, I fixed both my male and Female schnauzers, they both have papers, and the thought crossed my mind at one point to let them have one litter, but I work full time and don't feel that I could devote the time to new puppies, besides, I told my husband that I would want to keep all the babies, so we surely don't need that.....I had a poodle when I was a little girl, and my parents didn't fix him, and every time the door opened he bolted out, probably looking for a mate, he got out one evening and got hit by a car...my was heart broken...I feel like if he had been fixed, he wouldn't have wanted out all the time.
You'll never find a female worth breeding to. You'd only be creating more byb litters. Fixing or not is a seperate question from studding or not. While both are up to you. I'd suggest not breeding him being he was an accident.
Only spaying female dogs will not completely solve the pet overpopulation problem. One male (breeding with several females) can create a lot more puppies than one female over it's lifetime. I believe that any dog or cat that is not to be bred should be spayed or neutered - there is really no good reason to not do it. Yes, several people think they have good reasons not to do it, but the facts are there and there is not a good reason to not spay/neuter. And since your dog doesn't have papers you shouldn't breed him so get him neutered.
Jed; Please have him fixed...It will add YEARS to his life. I had a pit bull mix and took him to the vet to have his claws surgically shortened(yes I'm diligent about clipping now) any way, Hooch was 8 at the time, and the vet strongly suggested that I neuter him while he was going to be out anyway. I asked how long was it reasonable to expect Hooch to live and he said I should have him 3 or 4 years if I was lucky, but probably not that unless I neutered him. Hooch lived to be 16 1/2. Thank you Dr. Gray for all those extra years. Jed you'll never regret it.
Hi Jed, I have a rott from a byb too. He is beautiful, stable,great temperment, all around great dog. but he is a pet that has been nuetered. I feel that there is so much to being a responsible breeder.Just be happy for what you have- a good dog.
I think the decision is up to you, and what you think is best for YOU and your DOG. Don't do it because everyone says it's going to reduce over-population, etc. But don't indescriminantly breed your dog, either. If you breed, you should really make sure that you're breeding a healthy dog to a healthy dog...don't just breed because you're dog has a great look and a great temperament. It's a huge responsibility.
There are reasons to neuter, and there are reasons not to neuter, you might want to check out this link that specifies some issues regarding dog castration:
Wow, valdeere -- I was surprised how far the argument provided by your link is slanted *against* neutering. I have to admit I'm a little put off by the tone ("shame on you" and "no-brainer"), but it makes some good points.
Wow, I honestly don't believe much of what that article says at all. Any decent veterinarian will tell you that the benefits of spaying/neutering FAR outweigh any possible negative effects (and not because they make money from the surgery).
I think my least favorite excuse for not spaying/neutering is: It will make my pet fat. Yes their metabolism will slow down some, but it will do that as the pet ages anyway. The weight gain is not due to spaying/neutering...it's due to overfeeding the pet and not making sure it's getting enough exercise. Obviously if you notice your pet is gaining weight you should reduce the amount of feed and walk the dog more or get it to exercise more some other way.
Here is a link to another article about the drawbacks to spay/neuter: http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html Unlike the previously listed article, this one contains footnotes, so you can look up each of the studies to which the writer refers.