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Old 10-27-2004, 09:04 AM
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My fiance is concerned that neutering a protection breed will inhibit his protection abilities. Does anyone have any thoughts or info on if this is true. I really don't want an intact male dog because I feel he will be harder to control as he matures and especially if he encounters females in heat. Someone told us to at least wait until 2 years of age. Do you think this would enable his protection instincts to fully mature? The dog will be obedience trained and possibly trained for k9 pro sports. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:27 AM
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Neutering should not affect his protective instincts. You're absolutely right about him being easier to handle, and as far as being around females in heat, well, if he's intact you WON'T be able to handle him. Attempts to override such a strong, uncontrollable (yes, I said uncontrollable) and instinctual action can have very, very bad results, and an intact male dog shouldn't be held accountable for what happens in the throes of that situation, but the owner certainly would be.

Many men have a real problem with having a male dog neutered. It's a guy thing. But you're absolutely right, especially if you want him to participate in any kind of group activities.

That doesn't even begin to address the health and safety issues.

As far as when to do it, well, most of my dogs have been rescued as adults and were neutered after they were grown. I can see the point of waiting until the dog is through adolescence; possibly two years old as testosterone levels do have an impact on muscular development; on the other hand, you'll need to stay on top of everything to make certain you curtail any possible dominance issues within your pack family. It's imperative that those kinds of attitudes aren't allowed to become problems, especially in a guardian breed.
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:20 PM
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Thanks so much for responding. I'm printing a copy of your reply as I type to show my fiance. I also think of the health of the male dog in terms of neutering to prevent cancer.
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Old 10-29-2004, 10:53 AM
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I was so worried about having Hammie neutered..sooooo afraid he'd change somehow (as folks on this board will tell you..I fretted alot) Well, I haven't seen any changes in his behavior at all. EXCEPT, I now know he won't have the need to run off in search of a female. He still acts like he is King Kong when someone comes to the door. My hubby and son made groaning noises and faces (as if it were THEM being neutered)...lol...so I guess it is a guy thing. Hammie and Addie seem so much calmer together....because she has remained alpha, and he has stopped trying to control her. Peace in the dog pen!!!
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