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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 04-16-2007, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question To neuter or not???

I am really confused..
Do you need to neuter your dog.?/ Is it necessary?Can someone please fill me in on the pros and cons of neutering?
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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old 04-16-2007, 09:20 PM
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I don't understand your confusion, If you don't plan on breeding your dog it should be neutered or spayed. This is the simple answer.

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Good subject to start. I'm really torn on whether or not I want to do it to Capote too.. On one hand there's the positives of it.. It will make him calmer later on with less possibility for aggression. He'll be less likely to mount and it's healthier for him in the long run. The only reason I wouldn't do it is if I decide to show or breed him and both of those I'm still not sure if I'm wanting or willing to do. It's a really hard decision..especially at this stage in the game.
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If the dog wasn't sold as breeding stock (or with show or breeding potential), can I ask why you wouldn't want to neuter your puppy?

Neutering a male makes things so much easier.
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I think the biggest problem would be the marking. Unless you want to keep a belly band on him all the time. My daughter was going to keep her dog intact, but tomorrow he is going to be neutered, because he is lifting his leg all over her house. Hopefully this will stop it.


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And if you do it soon enough he'll never lift his leg to pee..which is another positive. Capote is a candidate for breeding..and the fact that I paid so darn much for him makes me think about it..lol. The positives far outweigh the negatives when it comes to neutering. I'll probably do it..he has about 70 percent chance of being neutered..
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Capote is a candidate for breeding..and the fact that I paid so darn much for him makes me think about it..lol.
Do you plan to show Capote? Breeders can look at a pup and make a judgement on whether the dog has show potential, but from what I understand, that isn't a guarentee that the dog should be bred. By showing the dog in the ring and competing against over dogs you will see from an impartial judge whether the dog has good conformation. You will also need to do the appropriate health testing to be sure the dog is clear from genetic problems that could be passed on to their puppies. Breeders also need a good mentor and do plenty of research in advance. There's so much involved! I know our pups can be expensive, but that is money well spent for all the work that's been done to assure that they are as healthy and well adjusted as possible.

Gee, I forgot to add... their are many reasons to neuter and only one I can think of to not. My dogs have always been spayed and I've never seen it as a disadvantage. (only had females here)

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There's definately a LOT that has to go into breeding...even showing. Most of the time I think I'm crazy for even thinking about it. But I am, so it's the only thing that makes me hesitant about neutering. If I decide not to breed him then he'll definately be neutered.

Oh..and I may be going to my first show in May..so I'll get to see how that world is then..and probably make my mind a the same time.
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If you decide not to show/breed your puppy, I can't recommend neutering enough. First of all, if you ever go to the dog park other dogs, big dogs, that have been fixed can/will go after your unneutered dog. I have seen it happen too many times and a little guy doesn't stand much of a chance against the big ones. I had all my dogs and cats fixed, as it makes for a much better and happier pet.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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I have no plans of breeding or showing my Hav. I just kind of feel that's it's a surgery,and with surgeryt there are complications.
As for marking,I have spoken to several people who have had or have male dogs that have been neutered and they still mark there territory.
I guess it's a subject that needs to be discussed and researched some more since this will be my first time owning a dog.
Thanks for the input all!
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