I'm getting mixed responses on whether I should get Teddy neutered.
one vet says its important, another says it only helps with preventing scent marking in the house but has no other major benefits ....
There's mixed responses from other dog owners that I've spoken to in the neighborhood too...
Anyone neutered their dogs? Was it worth it or does it lead to other health issues?
Teddy is likely to get operated on this weekend to get his baby teeth out (they aren't falling off and vet is keen to get it sorted). The vet said he could get him neutered at the same time... not sure on whether to get him neutered or not?
Unless you are planning to breed him (which means he should have an excellent pedigree, you should show him to his championship and do all necessary health testing. THEN you need to know enough (or have a very experienced mentor) to be able to choose potential mates that are a good match for him, both in terms of conformation and pedigree) he will be easier to manage, and both of you will be happier if he is neutered.
While I'm not a big fan of early spay/neuter, (before one year) if my dog was going to need anesthesia for another reason, and there wasn't a STRONG reason to keep him entire, I think I'd probably do it then.
If you keep a dog entire, you have to deal with MUCH more marking than a neutered dog, they have a much greater potential for wandering, and you have a really serious responsibility to keep them from producing unwanted puppies. In the case of a very small dog like a Havanese, you also have the problem that he may attract unwanted, negative, attention from other, larger, loose male dogs, which could go very badly for him.