|Barked: Wed Oct 10, '12 11:47am PST |
|I haven't experienced neutered male dogs displaying more aggression of any type. In fact, the breeders that I work with routinely have many of their returning show/trial dogs neutered once they're retired from showing. (They save and ship specimens for breeding purposes) They have far less problems integrating neutered males with a mix of younger intact males and in heat females. It appears to be easier for them to live among a large group of dogs if they're neutered. Never do their altered males attack the intact males or display towards them more frequently, that's just not been our experience at all. They make their decision on a case by case basis, and so far have been happy with their choices. Some intact males are fine in this situation, quite a few are not. I suspect that a lot of what you're seeing of neutered male aggression can be attributed to poor handling, socialization and training. I've been handling and working with dogs for over thirty years and I haven't experienced anything close to that level of issues with neutered dogs.
I've known many of these dogs before and after, loss of drive used to be the biggest concern of these breeders and quite honestly we haven't seen that at all.
I've seen more behavioral issues regarding the drive to reproduce in intact males. More roaming, breaking through barriers to reach in heat females etc. which all should be addressed by proper management. But if you've only got a couple house dogs that you're able to supervise and contain and don't have a rotating group of in heat females around most of the time, that wouldn't be as much of an issue. Intact males certainly can get frustrated with a lot of exposure to breeding females when they're not the lucky ones. If they're rarely exposed, I think dogs are outta scent outta mind.
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