Gone to the Goldens ;)
Join Date: Jun 2008
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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.