Just curious I have a 7 month old Akita.He is around 80 pounds, I am thinking of getting him castrated soon, but some have said to wait alittle bit (till he is a yr)and let him develope more.(testosterone is needed to build muscles etc)He isnt showing any dominant male behaviours as of yet.Does neutering too soon affect size or developement of a large breed? Any thoughts?
I'd say go get it done, unless something prevents it, which it hasn't with me yet, I get it done at 6 months, the day they turn 6 months. Thats what I'm doing with Stump, he's already a pain in my butt without the added hormones. :P
Animal control agencies and shelters receive approximately 6 to 8 million animals annually. Those who are not adopted within about a week or two (3 to 4 million of them) are killed either by painless lethal injection or by inhumane methods, such as the use of carbon monoxide or decompression chambers.
Umm did you post to the wrong link, exotic love? Awww really sad statistics - I agree, fortunately for me I am a responsible owner who has NO plans of breeding my dog for any purpose so I will not be contributing to the unwanted puppy population.(If that was what your post was meant to imply.) Also edit to add, I didnt state I wasnt going to get him neutured at all, I merely stated I was thinking about waiting alittle bit until he has grown properly alittle more.Thanks for the concern though.
It will also help keep him from marking the house. I hear (but have not personally experienced) once they start peeing in the house... they NEVER stop. Also it makes them prone to more kinds of cancer.
I am all for responsible ownership and feel spay/neuter is a great way to keep the pet overpopulation down. That being said though, I feel everyone should have a look at the following article on the potential health risks of spaying and neutering.It is a big eye opener!
He has NOT run off to find females in heat. He has NOT ever marked in the house (except on two occasions, on the same day as a pup). Has NEVER happened since. He was EASY to housetrain. The only thing he does MARK is dog urine outside.
As long as you are an educated person, and knowing that you have to always keep an eye on him around other dogs, being outside alone, etc. I do not see a problem with waiting until he is finished growing (if at all) to get him fixed.
I have learned from experience. My female was altered at 6 months of age. Her coat is flat, thin, not anything like his. She was black as a pup, and now she is a blue/grey color from the hormones not there to support her coat. She is disproportioned. 100% it was because of getting her altered.
Him on the other hand, he is proportioned nicely. Has a wonderful coat, and is still as black as the day I got him. He does not wander looking for chicks, or like I said, mark in the house. As long as you nip it in the bud when you first see him do any of the behaviors, you should be fine.
I find the same with my Akita. He has NEVER marked in the house, when he was housebreaking he wasnt even lifting his leg yet.Now that he does lift his leg he ONLY lifts it outside. He has never lifted it in the house.Ever.He doesnt mount every dog he sees, nor does he try.At the dog park he sometimes gets kinda excited & frisky with the females but thats it.No mounting or aggressive behaviour, just tails them more than the males, sniffing at them. Speaking of the dog park I wont be frequenting there anymore anyways, due to ignorant owners that give me too much grief because he isnt neutured yet.(He is only 7 months too.)(They give me grief even though he hasnt done a single thing to anyone.) Its pathetic. So I found a nice quiet solitude place to go, with no other people or dogs, and its quite nice. No one to complain or carry on.You would think its LAW or something having to have your pet neutured or spayed, at 4, 5 or 6 months old! They are still growing for gods sake,let them develope into a dog the way nature intented them to. I understand the whole theory of unwanted litters but they dont just get together by devine conception! lol.If you are responsible and keep your dog always under control and under supervision there shouldnt be an issue of unwanted litters everywhere.Thats my take on it, I have read of the health concerns FROM being neutured, and weighed the pros and cons. There is also evidence to support them not growing properly when they are altered too early.Personally I am going to wait till he is fully developed, and if behaviours I cannot control DONT crop up, I wont at all. Sod everyone else who doesnt like it.Its my dog, who I am VERY responsible for.Its my right NOT to have him done, and its sad so many people try to cram it down your throat that it is totally neccesary.Its nice to see the other perspective, for a change. :)
I think MericoX is the only one who answered the original question for soulbird. And Bullymom, that was a great article you posted, thank you, very informative. I believe the majority on here are Bob Barker advocates, so preaching the spay/neuter speech really should be directed to the irresponsible pet owners and I don't believe soulbird falls in that catagory. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, of course. But no one should be coerced into spaying and neutering if they don't feel that is the right thing for their own dog. Give someone the facts of the matter and let them decide on their own. Personally, I my dog will not be neutered before the age of two, if at all.
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Even if you don't plan to show your dog in confirmation size and structure do matter for performance dogs. Many people get their dog involved in dog sports. Most of these dogs love the games in agility and have real drive, but their structure is poor causing the owners to spend time and money on treatments so the dog can continue to play.
I know over population is a big problem, but I would love to see the results on number on dogs turned into stelters from accidental breeding vs. dogs turned into shelters by people who bought or adopted the dog and no longer want it. I hope some one here has that information because I'm very interested in knowing the facts.
Breeders, rescue organization, and shelters need to do a better job of screening owners. Education is key to reducing the large number on animals who are killed each year.
Excellent point Denim.The problem isnt always accidental pregnancies, leading to unwannted puppies that get abandoned.Alot of times its people just not wanting thier pets anymore (for whatever reason).Lots of dogs in shelters are purebreds even,and that isnt an accidental breeding.