Should You Neuter Your Dog?

Wow is that really a question, Neuter your dog?

YES, and a very important one to consider!

If you take a look in any animal shelter today you will see many unwanted dogs. Maybe there's only a few today, thats because probably the day before or the hour before many had to be euthanized to make room for the ones that will ARRIVE today.

I am a Dog Lover, I have been to shelters and seen people looking for a pet and heard them say, “ Wow, it costs that much to adopt a dumb dog(dumb: lacking the power to speak). Why do we have to pay to get them fixed”.

My heart would sink, and of course I would proceed to explain why many of these Dogs were here in the first place.

I tried to hold my tongue about the "dumb" remark, Dogs may not be able to speak but they certainly can and do communicate, sadly many owners are unwilling or haven't the time to learn that communication.

I am not only a Dog Lover but also a Dog Breeder. We breed Chihuahua's, and consider ourselves responsible breeders. Our Chi's are members of our family and very socialized. We are very selective in the breeding process.

Read my page on Dog Breeding

The canine part of our family aside from our Chihuahua's consists of an 11 year old American Eskimo female, she was fixed at 6 months, we were not into Dog Breeding at that time, and then we have Harry, a “Heinz 57” as they say.

Harry showed up on our door step 5 years ago, he was about about 2 years old. The owners said they "didn’t want him anymore because he wouldn’t stay home".

I asked if he was fixed, "NO", well DUH, they said "we could keep him". We weren’t looking for a new dog, but with a response like that we knew what would eventually happen to Harry; so we did.

Harry was fixed and has been a loving and loved member of our family ever since.

Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sure there are many of you out there with a similar one, maybe like this one:

You just came back from the supermarket, but this time you brought home more than groceries and your kids. This time you came home with a puppy that someone was giving away in the parking lot.

AHHH what an adorable little face, how could anyone resist!
Of course your home is not ready for a puppy (read Puppy Proofing) but the kids (read Children and Puppies) will take care of it, “they promised”, again DUH.

You get all the puppy shots and worming done, good for you.
But, did Spay or Neuter come to mind YET?
6 mo to a year down the road this may be a mute question!

Now back to my original question. Should you Neuter your Dog?

Neutering (spaying females and castrating males) refers to the sterilization of animals, usually by removal of the male's testicles or the female's ovaries and uterus, in order to eliminate the ability to procreate, and reduce sex drive. Neutering has also been known to reduce aggression in male dogs, but has been shown to occasionally increase aggression in female dogs.

Animal control agencies in the United States and the ASPCA advise that dogs not intended for further breeding should be neutered so that they do not have undesired puppies.

Because of the overpopulation of dogs in some countries, puppies born to strays or as the result of accidental breedings often end up being killed in animal shelters. The hormonal changes involved with sterilization are likely to somewhat change the animal's personality

It is not essential for a female dog to either experience a heat cycle or have puppies before spaying, and likewise, a male dog does not need the experience of mating before castration.

DO IT NOW. That’s the simple answer!!!!

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