I can’t stress this enough, spay and neuter all you pets, both male and female. It home again to me this week. An inquiry came in about Cormac, one of our large hound mix dogs. It sounded wonderful. Someone who was used to and wanted a large dog. Her previous canine companion had been a Great Dane that she had for 9 years.
To me, this sounded like a great possibility. But, Cormac is not yet neutered. After several emails, finding out that this may be a good adopter for Cormac, she asked me to not have him neutered. She said it took the life out of male dogs.
Rest assured, that is not true. What it does is to take the fight out of them. Male dogs that have been neutered are still greatly full of life, still active and lively. They just no longer think they have to fight with every other male dog.
Having seen the number of unwanted puppies, just in my own neck of the woods, I want no dog to be responsible for bringing any more unwanted puppies into this world. Intact males (as the unneutered are called) will search out females. The scent of a female in heat can carry many miles. And a male will travel those miles to find her.
I know many people believe if you don’t want puppies, either have your female spayed or keep her indoors during her season. For some, there are good reasons to not spay a female right away. If she is sick, has been abused, might be too underweight for the surgery it’s best to hold off. When dealing with strays it’s often hard to tell if she has been spayed or not. Therefore, you wait to find out if she does come into season or not.
I’ll get off my preacher’s stand now. But, I will remind you, male dogs are just as responsible for unwanted litters as female dogs. So get your males neutered!