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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-21-2008, 02:36 PM
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All six of the dogs that I have had have been spayed females. This will continue unless I decide at some future date to get a "show" puppy and then I might decide to breed her to improve the breed. At this point, that doesn't appear very likely.

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Can someone post a list of reason NOT to spay or neuter? Besides intent to breed of course, I'm having trouble understanding why anyone would choose not to, and I feel maybe I'm missing something.

We did Midas early, he was a bit aggressive for a golden and the vet felt it was a good idea to neuter him to try to nip that in the bud before it became an issue. It did seem to help a lot.
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I would not have a dog that had not been altered.
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The best reason I can think of not to neuter would be if you had a contract with the breeder that the breeder would use your dog as stud providing he passed health clearances and earned titles. And then there is the obvious reason that the dog would be shown in breed.

I personally believe that every family pet/companion should be altered. There are variations in opinion on the age which to get it down. I do not support early spay and neuter, personally. I wish I had the opportunity to wait with my younger bitch... Aubrie was spayed after a couple of heat cycles.

I would advise that you wait ONLY if you are very responsible. If the dog is left in the backyard when no one is home or you don't think you can handle an intact dog around other intact bitches, you may choose to neuter earlier.

Talk to your breeder and get his/her opinion. If you chose a good breeder, they will have somewhere in their contract about their rules regarding spaying/neutering.

Also, in my opinion, once a dog reaches the age that you choose to neuter/spay, there is no excuse for not having a limited registered dog kept intact. You cannot compete in breed with the dog or bitch and no puppies from a limited registered dog may be AKC registered.

This is a very controversial topic, and I have just given my honest opinion.

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Can someone post a list of reason NOT to spay or neuter? Besides intent to breed of course, I'm having trouble understanding why anyone would choose not to, and I feel maybe I'm missing something.
There are many reasons why people do not believe in routinely castrating of spaying their animals...with such a strong spay/neuter climate it is quite interesting to see how people are almost shocked at the thought of not going down that route...sometimes even hinting that you are possibly an irresponsible owner if you don't. Although I chose to with my dogs there are many people that choose not to. In some European countries it was actually illegal (until quite recently) to castrate/spay your dog as it was seen as a unecessary mutilation of a perfectly healthy animal...I mean when you look at it that way, you could say exactly the same thing...if you have a completely happy and healthy animal what reason would there be to put them through such an operation? An operation that takes away vital hormones for a dogs development, hormones which also could change your dogs coat (which happened to Tilly) and possibly make a bitch incontinent, and of course possible weight gain (caused by a slower metabolism) There are a whole host of other reasons why people may not want to neuter their pet (there are some other interesting pros/cons in this article http://users.lavalink.com.au/theos/Spay-neuter.htm#vacc )

Even though many feel that neutering a male will stop every behavioural problem under the sun (which is just not true) I also feel there are issues to do with behaviour that are brought about by neutering...my own dog Harry was a very confident dog with all other dogs and mixed very well, it was only after castration that issues to do with fear aggression occured...of course it can't be proven that it was to do with castration but he certainly did change quite alot aftwewards, and now he is somewhat snappy with dogs he does not know....I definitely feel it could be to do with a lack of confidence brought about by a lack of testosterone!
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Spaying spooks me. The first pet we had fixed never came home. The surgery killed her.
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I'll always have my pets spayed or neutered. I have no interest in breeding, and there are far too many homeless dogs stuck in shelters. I would feel horrible to contribute to an "oops" litter.

To quote Bob Barker - "remember to spay and neuter your pet"

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Another reason to get your dog altered is that you can take him/her more places. The dog park in town doesn't allow unaltered adult dog because of possible fights and I know that some doggie day cares / boarding facilities also require that all dogs be altered.
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Can someone post a list of reason NOT to spay or neuter? Besides intent to breed of course, I'm having trouble understanding why anyone would choose not to, and I feel maybe I'm missing something.

We did Midas early, he was a bit aggressive for a golden and the vet felt it was a good idea to neuter him to try to nip that in the bud before it became an issue. It did seem to help a lot.
Some people believe it is healthier over all for the dog to leave them intact. I tend to believe this....

But I still believe in nuetering.
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Spaying spooks me. The first pet we had fixed never came home. The surgery killed her.
Oh gosh...I'm so sorry.....
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