We recommend the routine castration of male dogs for the following reasons.
Castration removes the sexual urge and the tendency to be attracted to bitches on heat
Diseases of the prostate gland in the older dog are reduced by neutering
Neutered dogs are less likely to show undesirable behaviours such as sexual mounting, roaming and urine marking.
Please remember, however, that neutering is not a replacement for training your dog, and does not replace the need for adequate early socialisation or prevent behaviour problems.
Careful selection of a puppy from a family environment (not a kennel or farm situation) followed by continued early socialisation and neutering at 6-9 months of age will offer the best chance of your new puppy developing into a much loved family pet.
Are there any disadvantages
It is a common fallacy that a neutered dog will become fat and lazy. Remember that all service animals, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled are routinely neutered. Careful feeding of a scientifically prepared complete diet without excessive treats should adequately control any problems of obesity, just as it does in the entire animal.
Another common fallacy is that the neutered dog loses character. Admittedly neutering is often carried out, both in dogs and bitches, for certain behavioural abnormalities and often dogs will become more gentle but they lose neither their spirit nor their intelligence and provided they are not allowed to become obese are just as active as the entire counterpart.
Thus there are many advantages and few disadvantages to having your dog neutered.
Both dogs and bitches are usually neutered between 6-12 months of age although the operation can be carried out at any time. Your veterinary surgeon will be more than happy to discuss the details with you.
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