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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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To neuter or not?

We live in Germany and got our Hav here. The German vets don't suggest you neuter your dog. She asked if he's doing anything that is bothersome. We said no. He's not aggressive. Now, he does hump his little brown bear just about every night, but NEVER one of us or anything else. He's always with us so he'll never get a girl dog "in trouble", he's not doing anything annoying (ok, the humping isn't great, but if the little brown bear is not around, he won't hump) and he's not overly aggressive....

So does everyone think it's ok to not neuter him then? We don't intend to stud him by the way...
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Our 12.5 year old beagle IS neutered and HUMPS

my kids purple floor pillow and some giant stuffed animals ALL the time. We got rid of the stuffed animals and started closing their doors when not in use. He also will hump pillows in family room. So it may not help.

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Wow, TnTWalter- your beagle humps and he's neutered? And he's not a "teenager" anymore either... Oh my gosh!

I don't see many threads on humping... I guess many dogs don't hump?
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Kodi was neutered at 6.6 mos and he humps Shelby all the time. But it's his way of saying "I'm the boss". Shelby is spayed, and the past few days she has been jumping and grabbing my leg and sort of humping. She is getting very bossy. I just push her off and say no (and then she sits down and looks up at me with those big eyes.)

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Neutering reduces your dog's chance of prostate and testicular cancer. That would be the main health reason to neuter.

Spaying a female before her first heat will greatly reduce her chance of breast cancer.

Neutering will not break your dog of the humping habit if he's inclined toward that with his toys or other dogs.

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I have two unneutered males. They may try to hump some young puppies and females in heat, but I will not let them do that, of course. Apart from that, they don't try to hump anything or anybody.

If your dog doesn't have any problems, then there shouldn't be any reason to neuter him, apart from lowered risk of cancer. But there is always a certain risk involved with surgery too, so you migth just be replacing one risk with another. I know of a dog that recently nearly died from complications after a neutering.
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