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    Wow Riley, that's some very interesting reading, thank you so much. Now I'm very hesitant to do it at all. I'm still concerned about bitches on heat roaming around...

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    Everything leans to leaving it as long as possible. Unfortunately Brian being a rescue had to be taken back at 6 months to be neutered. I did ask (plead) for him to be left until 18 months but the organization was very much against the idea, said just imagine how many unwanted puppies he could sire in that time. I can completely understand this, now at 13 months I have a very tall, lean, fluffy Rottweiler

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    can't say i am a fan of such articles, not becuase they may not have truth value but they cause doubt and provide ammunition for the people that will just hear the bits they want to hear to justify themselves.

    overall dogs would be better off if less dogs were bred period. better off individually in the quality of the breeds and better off in general welfare issues. spay em all is say unless you got a dam good reason not to.

    too many whoopsies litters and "i just wanted my kids to experience the miracle of life" litters and similar such short term self serving rubbish.
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    Muttboy that was precisely my opinion, and to some degree still is. What bugs the hell out of me is that because people are irresponsible idiots, and in general can NOT be trusted to grasp the basic concept that the last thing the world needs is another backyard litter, we are putting our animals health at risk. Mind you, it's only the responsible dog owners who are faced with the decision of whether or not to possibly compomise their pet's health, the ones who cause the problem in the first place don't give a crap, and will continue to perpetuate the cycle anyway. Grrrr...

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    Well, we have always speyed and neutered all our dogs (about 40) for as long as I can remember. So far have never had any health problems at all, same with many friends dogs. Apart form a couple that died accidental deaths they have lived to between 14 and 17 years old with no issues so I dont enteirely buy into the whole putting your dogs health at risk thing, there are a lot of variables that go unaccounted for in a lot of that research. Where I live now I often have to leave them during the day and there is a real danger of wild dogs attracted in by a bitch on heat.

    Good genetics, sound structure, good diet, plenty of exercise and keeping the dogs in lean condition to my mind are the big influencers of good health.

    I think if you decide not to sterilise you just have to be aware of surroundings, have a safe place to contain them and be totally aware of the breeding cycle.
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    My vet will not desex before 6 months of age and I respect his opinion with regard to my own dogs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I read somewhere (very possibly on this forum)
    that 82% of dogs hit by cars are unsterilised males.

    Chubb used to go wandering a few times each day until 7 months old
    when I said "thats enough" so he was de-nutted.
    He stayed home after that, only occasionally going to visit the kids
    next door.

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    Our first male we didnt neuter. Trouble is we lived on a farm and he had a very high sex drive. We had to have him under lock and key all the time as there were a lot of unsterilised bitches around on neighbouring properties and we could always tell as he would become restless and start looking to go. He only escaped twice in 5 years, the first time the ranger bought him back, the second time he was shot and killed. Our next males we sterilised and they all stayed home and had a much freer and less troubled life till old age.

    One of my bitches that I was going to wait for a couple of heats to sterilise because she has a congenital bladder problem that sometimes a couple of heats will fix., Unfortunately 6 weeks after her first heat I nearly lost her to pyometra. So there are risks in every choice. You just have to assess logically where the greatest risks lie for your breed, dog, situation and lifestyle.

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    My Bordeaux lived with an entire bitch his whole life. I passed him as a therapy dog for the disabled and he was a 60kg entire male, guarded very well too at home and even resisted an attack by an intruder that almost meant losing an eye.

    Dogs will do what you let them. I didn't let him carry on like a pork chop and frankly, my bitch only had to chase him with teeth bared once for him to get the idea ... sexy time not allowed lol

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    I think that males can vary. I have had friends with generally well behaved entire dogs that would scale a 6 foot fence at the scent of a bitch on heat and only then. I have had friends with not so nice mannered or behaved entire males that were not particularly interested.

    Our boy was a lovely natured and behaved dog in every other way but he was very determined no matter what we did if a neighbouring farm dogs were on heat. I think it is almost easier if the bitch is under the same roof.
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