|Barked: Fri Jul 20, '12 1:18am PST |
|Just thought I'd chime in with my own experience owning an intact male.
Nix is a great boy, He's a typical marker outside, and... he lifted his leg indoors once. Only once! He was caught in the act and taken outside immediately. Seemed like the message was loud and clear to him (fiance scared him half to death when he yelled and chased him up the stairs before picking him up to carry him out) and he's never dared do it again. I still keep a close eye on him at Petsmart, and he's fortunately never tried marking there either. The marking thing, like others have said, is all about training.
As for getting along with other dogs? Nix's social skills are incredible. I watch how he interacts with others, and I'm constantly amazed to realize that he's probably one of the most polite dogs I've ever witnessed, with only a few exceptions (Like my friend's female BC, who he was very flirty with when we visited.) The problem I find is actually with neutered males. These days I've actually become really wary of neutered males, because SO OFTEN they do try to attack Nix after getting a good sniff and realizing he's got something they don't. Oddly enough, I can't think of any time where we've ever had a problem with other intact males. They seem... I dunno... surprisingly unconfrontational. A sniff, a sideways glance, and they go their separate ways.
Our experience is probably different from the norm, but it's definitely made me re-think what I thought I knew before about intact vs. 'fixed' dogs behavioral-wise. On the other hand, I work at a grooming salon, and some of our worst clients are intact males. It's probably safe to say it has mostly to do with training/socializing, as well as breed.
I'm most likely going to keep Nix intact unless a medical issue arises from it. Oh yeah, as for wandering? Honestly, I have to say my spayed female wanders more than Nix ever will. He's the definition of mama's boy who never strays far.
Edited by author Fri Jul 20, '12 1:19am PST
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