I always opt for the neuter. Why risk adding more pups to the shelters. Plus removing the source of testosterone.
Just kinda wondering if anyone on here perhaps with some actual knowledge can answer my question on this one. I'm trying to decide if I should neuter my 2 year old Pitbull. We are expecting our first child in about a month. Does anyone have any experience with doing this or do you think it would even help. Thanks
I actually really want to breed him atleast once but dont really have the time to find a good breeder to match him up with around here. My biggest thing is that I don't want to do it and then he is exactly the same way he is now, not that he is bad or anything, he just has his moments. That sounds alot worse than it really is. It's not like he is going around humping everything or anything like that, he just tends to get super excited for no reason for like a couple hours at a time. He is well exercised and gets to go for walks and all that, leash free too. I would regret doing it if he didn't mellow out a little bit, since I would like to breed him atleast once before getting him chopped. Maybe it is just a guy thing?
Don't take this the wrong way, because I like Pitties, my dog (who is spayed, they wouldn't adopt her out of the shelter without it) enjoys playing with some of the neighborhood Pitties, and I always recommend checking them out when someone asks about adopting a dog, but shelters are overcapacity with pits and pit mixes that there is no reason to add to the population. If you had a rare breed, or it was a champion hunting dog, I could understand your sentiment, but breeding any dog 'just because you want to' is stupid.
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If it's because you want one of his puppies, please consider adopting a pit from a shelter instead. You'll be saving two lives --- that dogs life, and the life of the next dog who can stay at the shelter a little longer b/c of the new space created.
There's a reason that EVERY group that works with dogs (well, aside from breeders and show groups) recommends spaying/neutering. Spend a little time on Pit Bull Rescue Center's section on why you should do it: http://www.pbrc.net/speuter3.html
Last thought comes from this article: Dogs that bite are 6.2x more likely to be male and 2.6x more likely to be intact. With a pit, you have zero leeway. What I mean is, if your golden bites a kid in the neighborhood, you have an annoyed neighbor. That same thing happens with a pit and you're getting sued and your dog is getting put down. Why not do EVERYTHING you can to lessen the chances of that happening? Your dog may be perfect, but it really wouldn't be his 'fault' if someone got between him and in-heat female he was trying to get after --- especially if it was another dog.
Also, you said he goes for leash free walks. Think of the potential disaster that could happen if you come across an intact female --- it only takes a second for an accidental litter to happen, and then you've got 8 pit-hound mixes that you're trying to sell for $200 on craigslist to recoup vet fees. And that's not even considering what would happen if someone gets in the way of stopping him from getting to a female in heat.
I think you guys have me as someone who is just going to breed with some random breeder, there is a reason that he hasn't been breed already, believe me there have been numerous generous offers for breedings, but I am going to breed him through a good breeder, not some random no name breeder. He already plays with the neighbors kids and is super gentle with them, and the whole dog in heat thing is not a worry either. Neighbors dog has been in heat 2x since we moved here and no crazy ****nanagans yet when it comes to that. He is actually a super rare bloodline stateside, he is actual from a European blood line. He is a blue line from over in Germany, picked him up while I was in the service. I''ll find another picture that shows his size better
Just because he might be a good example doesn't mean it's a good idea to breed.
Now, I don't know you personally, so don't take offense to this, but, when I've talked with people who say things like "He's such a good example of the breed" mixed with "I'm going to breed him just once", the reasons seem to be more selfish than anything. Not saying it's the case here, but you should truly question yourself.
I'm not against keeping dogs intact, but for most dog owners it just makes the most sense to get them snipped. Not only can it tame some of their behavior, but you also wouldn't need to worry about certain health issues in relation to the testicles and the reproductive system as a whole.
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There are so many pits in shelters that need amazing homes. They are amazing with kids, they are good with other dogs, and they will die in a cage because someone bought a dog instead of adopting one. I just don't see why a dog should die because it doesn't have some pseudo-pedigree.
Seriously, spend some time volunteering at a shelter or with a pit rescue. It will break your heart and probably make you reconsider ever breeding him
But for behavioral changes, what are the potential downsides? Besides breeding him, is there any legitimate reason to not do it? Everything I've ever heard/read/seen is that it will have positive behavioral benefits ---- less chance of aggression, less humping, less dominance, etc. I've never heard anyone argue that their dog loses its personality or becomes less loyal or anything.
And sorry, but almost all breeding of pit bulls these days is irresponsible and simply adding to the problems the breed currently has
Also, for shelter volunteering
In regards to behavior: Things like roaming, marking and those seemingly uncontrollable bursts of energy can be tamed, but it's really a case-by-case basis. You don't really know until you do it.
In regards to health: Like I said earlier, you snipping removes the chance of the dog developing certain things like testicular cancer.
Let me put it this way: There are no down sides to neutering, except the obvious procedure and healing. But honestly, snipping the balls is an easy process and is not all that invasive. Spading tends to carry a bit more concern with the procedure.
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All of my JRTs have been beautiful representations of the breed. Two came from show dog bloodlines. All have been spayed or neutered. Never considered anything else. It's in their best up interest, it's in my best interests. There are plenty of people out there wanting to breed their dogs because they think they're perfect, that you don't need to as well.
Especially with a child on the way. You really need to ask yourself, what's more important, continuing the bloodline of your dog, or the safety of your child? Dogs are unpredictable, and ANYTHING you can do to decrease any risk to your child, DO IT.