I spent 1/2 hour on a post and lost it...crap!
Look Occy...we have a prefix and we intend to breed in 3-5 years time if our girl is any good to improve her bloodlines (which are very good). She is an "old-fashioned" looking Staffy that looks like the Terrier type. This is something we would like to continue seeing due to a fair bit of the showdogs nowadays looking more like the bulldog type than the terrier type. I agree 100% that there are millions of dogs in pounds etc. Some of them are from "registered breeders". The thing is...there are "registered breeders" and then there are registered ETHICAL breeders. Breeders who do it for the right reasons...whether or not you agree with those reasons. Breeders who take their time in finding the right family for their puppies...screening them...asking for references...breeding from the best stock etc. I refuse to justify why I might breed from my girl! If she contains the qualities a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is supposed to have...then a Champion quality male will be found to "service" her when she is 3-5 years old.
The subject regarding desexing and early desexing is obviously a touchy subject. I will however investigate! To me it is not just about "bulking out"...it is also about making sure the puppies develop and grow healthy bones and growth plates. Our society's pets suffer from allergies...cancers...premature deaths...obesity etc etc etc. The lack of sex hormones might just play a role in this and I will try and find out. Does sex hormones have other uses in pets other than sex drive maybe? Does it help in the production of other hormones like growth hormones...antihistamines...immune system etc.
When women have hysterectomies...they require hormone replacement treatment after. Why should that be any different in our pets for them to be healthy, happy and balanced? It didn't use to be common practice to desex our pets and still isn't in the country where I was born.
I will try and ask my Vet (if he has time) tomorrow when I pick Sumo up from having been desexed. There must be some literature regarding this and will try and find it.