Pets are forever
I think a dog with a docked tail misses a very important communication tool and I think that must affect their interaction with other dogs. There are quite a few messages you can get just from watching a dog's tail.
I knew a SWF once whose tail was permanently paralysed after she nearly died from a paralysis tick and it greatly affected her confidence around other dogs.
A tail is not just a useless appendage for a dog...
My next dog will keep its gonads all its life.
I have finally read the whole thread and I must say I do agree with mandatory desexing laws because the vast majority of people not desexing are irresponsible owners. Surely you must see that you are the exception? I meet plenty of entire male dogs wandering around the suburbs looking for love. And I wish the council would make more of an effort to crack down on it. We have had a few people here with accidental litters or who got a pup from such a litter. And we have also had a few who thought it was a good idea to let their bitch have a litter just because 'she's such a great dog'. In an ideal world everyone would train their dogs, make sure they are properly contained and think before they breed. But unfortunately we are far from that ideal and mandatory desexing laws are an imperfect but simple solution to deal with the problem.
Hmm I personally think the majority of owners ARE pretty good owners IMO.
There are thousands and thousands of dogs about, both desexed and entire, and to be honest, I dont see all that many just roaming around willy nilly and humping every bitch in sight.
(Yes I understand shelters are full etc etc but they arent all roaming dogs)
I desex my bitches, because ovarian cancer is quite common in older female newfies...Most Breeders even desex their bitches after using them for breeding. My dogs I leave entire. I have never had a mishap and never lost control over my dogs.
But having a female in heat is often too much bother for Joe average. So i can fully understand why it is preferred to be done. Having had Katy for the last nearly three years as a full undesexed bitch and owning an entire male. I am quite looking forward to the fact i have no worries now, since she was done last Monday.......
Pets are forever
The jury is well and truly still out on this issue and it is unlikely that any consensus is likely to happen any time soon. Granted, a dog with no testicles won't get testicular cancer but they can still get prostate cancer or any of the common cancers that dogs do get. Proper bone and muscle development is a function of approriate testosterone levels and you won't get that if you lop off their nuts too early. Fortunately Hobbes was around 18 months old when I went against my better jugement and had his testicles excised. Both my female dogs had had their first heat before they were spayed and so they are less likely to develop pelvic floor insufficiency and become incontinent as they age.
Incontinence is sited as a major reason for having dogs put down. Bitches that are spayed too early will not develop a mature pelvic floor musculature and are prone to incontinence. I regret sterilizing Hobbes, and I regret spaying Lulu and Lizzie. All three actions were unnecessary and did nothing to improve my dogs long term health outcomes.
I am not an irresponsible dog owner; I am acutely aware of my responsilities. Having said that, I will never ever spay or neuter any of my dogs ever again. If you are a responsible owner, it is unnecessary.
Sadly too many dogs owners are irresponsible or do not realise what a male or in some cases a female dog will do when a bitch is in heat. 6 ft fences are no match for a male dog who wants to get to an on heat bitch, neither are plate glass windows, I know of dogs who have negotiated these obstacles and more to get to an on heat bitch. Certainly I didn't realise it, my older dog had her first heat before being desexed and I left her outside in our backyard during the day alone not realising the danger that a possible escaped male dog may pose to getting her pregnant.
I obviously know now but it doesn't matter as both of my girls are now spayed. I will always spay for various reasons including I don't like the mess of a heat and I don't think adding extra hormones into a dogs system is great for their behavioural health, especially when you keep multiple females of Bully breeds.
Sometimes I think the whole a big breed or male dogs need their testosterone to grow is a load of tosh. I know a Malamute who was unaltered up until 10 months old, he was weedy, thin, leggy and had aggression issues, within two weeks of being neutered he had put on weight, looked like a proper Mal and his aggression issues had stopped entirely, he is now a well behaved older dog who helps keep the younger dogs in line during out play groups.
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