I currently work part time at a kennel and see many male dogs that are are not neutered. I really can't understand this. These are not purebred dogs and some that may be are not very good representations of their breeds. IMO Also, I know a few people that do have AKC registered dogs that also, IMO don't need to breed their dogs because they don't represent a good example of their breeds standard. Why don't they just neuter them and accept the fact they have great family pets and not breed quality pets. I just don't understand it. Can anyone explain this to me?
Yeah, this topic can really get under my skin as well. There are multiple reasons why people do not spay and neuter (especially). Here are a few off the top of my head: 1) Just plain ignorant 2) To breed just for $$$$, and do not care what happens to the pups 3) They feel like they are taking their dog's "manhood" away, 4) they just simply can't afford it. It can get pretty pricey in most areas, and 5) They "think" it is more healthier for them, which cannot be further from the truth.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Even though this is not a popular openion in this forum... I do not neuter our male dogs. We only have male dogs. Before you get upset, our dogs are inside dogs, walked on the leash, play in a fenced in yard supervised, never reproduced anything and will always live with us. We had dogs for the last 30 years, always males.
I believe if an owner is responsible with their dogs there is no need of spaying or neutering. However if they can't keep the dogs apart then the dogs should get spayed or neutered.
Another reason many males dogs aren't neutered is that some (not all) men who own them have a serious aversion to it. When I worked at the vet some men would literally turn green and look like they were going to pass out at just the thought of it.
I understand that in Europe it is very common not to spay/neuter. Always make me wonder if they are more responsible than we Americans are.
I assume that part of the reason that people do not neuter their pets is because.... they have to get off the couch. It requires planning and follow-through. If inertia strikes at any point, it doesn't get done.
There might be people who have had dogs who have puppy litter accidents...I DO NOT.. none of our male dogs for the last 30 years have EVER produced a litter. ... they don't even come in contact with female dogs...I AM a responsible dog owner and know how to keep our dogs supervised.
I dont see anything wrong with not neutering a dog as long as someone is a responsible owner.
I agree. It's just that living up to the standards of a "responsible owner" of an intact male requires a level of discipline that *most* people can't manage. There are exceptions, though, and Dachshund sounds like one of them.
I asked my sister in law why her mutt, who had probably mated with almost all the females in the neighborhood with in 2 mile radius, is not neutered. Her answered was "I don’t want his quality of life to suffer, to lose his will to live." Seriously, those were her exact words. Every time I drive with her, she points out every other dog we see and say with pride “that’s Berly’s… that’s Berly’s… that one is knocked up by Berly…”
But on a serious note, there are some legitimate reasons for not neutering.
If done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis. Increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6. Triples the risk of hypothyroidism. Increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment. Triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems. Quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer. Doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers. Increases the risk of orthopedic disorders. Increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations."
The essence of hypocrisy is the tendency to make an exception of oneself.