|Barked: Wed Sep 29, '10 1:21pm PST |
|Why is the general opinion that house "pets" should be neutered/spayed? Because they're adding to the pet population? Because of all the so called unwanted behaviours associated with intact animals?
Ty is intact, very well mannered and has not added to the pet population, so what are the next bunch of reasons i should have him neutered? I don't believe the health benefits ( at least in male dogs ) is so significant that it drives me to having him neutered. For a bitch it';s a bit different, but again, there is no real reason why a "pet" bitch should have to be spayed.
It all comes down to responsibility on the owners part. If owners feel they can't responsibly own an intact dog, if there is any threat of the said dog roaming/getting loose then i believe for the dogs and owners best interest that dog should be neutered/spayed.
My own decision had very little to do with health. It was purely down to the fact there was and still is no reason to have him neutered. He has never humped other dogs, never shown any "dominance" towards other male dogs either intact or neutered and he is just an all round good dog. When Ty was 8/9 months i successfully managed both Tyler and an intact Missy at the time. She was in season and Ty was a sexually mature teenager with one thing on his mind. But supervision and careful management prevented any accidents. It's not all that hard to us responsible dog owners. Obviously, i wouldn't advocate just anyone dealing with this set up but it's not all black and white.
Personally for me, i don't believe in neutering/spaying ANY dog under a year old. For larger breeds i would want to wait until at least 2 years old and depending on temperament and other factors that dog may never be neutered/spayed.
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