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View Poll Results: Why did you spay or neuter?
Spayed - required by rescue/breeder 26 29.21%
Spayed - to protect their health 11 12.36%
Spayed - to modify behavior 4 4.49%
Spayed - for birth control 23 25.84%
Other (please explain in comments) 17 19.10%
Neutered - required by rescue/breeder 27 30.34%
Neutered - to protect their health 4 4.49%
Neutered - to modify behavior 16 17.98%
Neutered - for birth control 18 20.22%
chocolate orange! 11 12.36%
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SizzleDog View Post
Kaylee - spayed at 5 yrs old for convenience. Seasons got in the way of lure coursing events and training. I hated taking 2 months off every year.

Talla - spayed at 2 yrs old because she got terrible false pregnancies all the tie.

Poison - will probably spay her after she's finished and has had a litter or two (pending health testing and titles, yadda yadda yadda) for the same reasons I spayed Kaylee.

Tabby - not neutering the dude!
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:58 PM
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Cricket was spayed at 5 years old for convenience - she had already had two litters and we had no further plans to breed her. Heat cycles got in the way of shows and trials, and she's also living with her intact son, so it's easier to not have to worry about that. She had to go under anyway for her tail amputation, so it made sense to spay her then as well.

Journey is intact and will probably be spayed sometime in the future, for similar reasons, but we'd like to breed her once or twice before that happens.

Newton is intact and we have no intentions of neutering him.

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by yv0nne View Post
Honestly? Penny was spayed because I didn't want to deal with heat. I know, I suck at being a cool dog owner.
If I ever have a breeder bought female dog and get to choose when to alter, honestly, I'd do it after the first heat or two. No way would I want to deal with having an intact female all of the time. I wouldn't mind a few heats...but no way all of the time. That, and pyo.

And if I were ever to have an intact female that I was allowing to mature before spaying, any male I'd have in the house would be getting neutered asap. No way in hell do I want to deal with female in heat and intact boy in the same house.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:13 PM
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Daisy was spayed around 4y due to a pyo, so to protect her health. This was before I got her, and a lot of decisions not in her best interest were made...

Liz I had spayed 8y for health AND behavioral issues. She was having awful false pregnancies and I had finally decided I wasn't set on breeding her. She also got really nasty and cost me a lot of money in repairs to Daisy's face when she got bitchy during her heats & false pregnancies.

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:23 PM
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Diesel came neutered, Gage was done because I had an unaltered female Shiba Inu and that would have been very very bad. While I trust myself I don't live alone. And he was becoming very hard to deal with, which was compounded when Ruffian went into heat. And Bristol was spayed for my convenience, I spend 15 years with an unspayed bitch and I didn't want to do it again.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Saeleofu View Post
Gavroche was neutered before I got him.

Logan will not be neutered, and if his breeder ever requires me to sterilize him (unlikely), I'll probably opt for vasectomy.

Most of the people I know IRL neuter because "Ewww, balls are gross!"
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by JacksonsMom View Post
Dog balls ARE gross at least the ones I can see clearly anyway
I kind of agree with this when they're like... huge and swinging. I wouldn't neuter just because I think it's gross, of course But some can be kind of unsightly!

edit: To be fair it's also at least partially because I've spent little to no time around intact dogs, so it still just looks weird to me. I'm sure that'll lessen with time.

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:44 PM
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Both dogs were basically altered for birth control. I just didn't want to have to worry about an oops litter.

Any breeder dogs I get will be allowed to fully mature if male and I'll probably wait after the first heat if it's a female.

Honestly, if a person's biggest concern when it comes to owning an intact male dog is that balls are gross, then it's probably better for everyone if the dog is altered anyway-lol!

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:21 AM
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Um, I want a Poison baby. Srsly.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:33 AM
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Mine were done for birth control/convience. My 2 younger ones are intact and will for awhile
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