he is 6 months old.
thanks in advance for any advice!
he is 6 months old.
thanks in advance for any advice!
Why would you not want to neuter him? It is worth exploring the answer to this in some detail because generally speaking spay and neuter is the way to go.
I have two entire males so it would be wrong for me to say that you absolutely must neuter him without asking why you might not. Then we can discuss the relevant issues.
I am a "pro" spay and neuter advocate, but feel that it should ultimately be left up to the owner's discretion. Neutering can sometimes deter males from marking in the house. (ie, if they have not started marking before they are neutered, they generally don't, BUT that is not always the case).
I encourage spay and neuter so much so that my son was anxious to leave home. lol He said he was afraid I'd get him neutered too!
I also favor spay and neuter unless you plan to show him.
Unless you are showing an animal with thoughts to breeding to improve the breed ... spay and neuter is the best option.
I, too, believe in neuter/spay if the dog is not being shown in confirmation classes.
If there are no health reasons for him not to go under and anesthetic.....he's just the right age!
This seems to be a cultural issue. In my country, dogs are rarely neutered or spayed unless there are medical reasons to do so. Few vets would recommend it. I have a feeling that the strong pro-spay and neuter sentiments in the US are motivated by the the fact that there are many stray and abandoned dogs. That is something we rarely see here. I've never heard of anybody here abandoning a pug. Personally, I feel that as long as dog owners are responsible and make sure that there are no occasions for male dogs to meet females in season, there's no reason to neuter. Pugs are rarely, if ever, aggressive towards other dogs. There are no major health benefits to neutering and any benefit must be weighed against the risks involved in sedating a flatfaced dog. Also, a neutered male will be more prone to weight gain, which can be a problem with pugs in any case. At any rate, I would not neuter any dog until fully grown (more or less), which in pugs means at about 1 years of age.
Is there any particular reason you would want to neuter?
Given all the unwanted dogs in shelters and abandoned on the street, Pugs and many other dogs as well as cats, I say yes you should do it. As others have said if you want to avoid marking by the dog, I would do it now. No garauntee he won't mark, but he will mark if you don't.
the only real reasons that i would neuter are:
1. most people say i should, and some of my friends swear there are health benefits to the dog;
2. he is a bit agressive/scared of other dogs and people, and i wonder if neutering would prevent him from becoming more aggressive in the future.
thank you for your comments. i don't plan on showing or breeding the dog, but i just feel terribly cutting off his nuts!
He won't miss them. Honestly he won't. Perhaps it is a cultural thing, Hellas, but there are a lot of myths about the dangers of neutering, too, such as the weight gain. Every single male dog I have ever owned has been neutered, and not a one has been the slightest bit pudgy! All of them lived to be of a ripe old age.
My most compelling reason to have a dog neutered is that it does cut down on the kinds of negative behaviors that cause dogs to end up in shelters--inappropriate marking, aggression, territoriality, wandering. I've seen determined male dogs chew through doors to get to a female in heat, to the point of breaking teeth and bloodying muzzles. The earlier it is done, the less testosterone will flood his system, and the less prone he will be to the very negative behaviors most folks can't tolerate.
My son-in-law told me a story the other day. He had "the best dog in the world" that was his "best buddy." He firmly disagrees with neutering. He then proceeded to tell me about this dog. He spent literally hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars bailing the dog out of the pound. The dog would run off at every opportunity. He could not be contained and found ways to escape, no matter how much they tried to keep him home. He was hit several times by cars in his urgency to run after females. he proudly talked about how the dog "sired hundreds of pups." Eventually, he had to rehome the dog. he was happy to have found the dog a home in the country. Dog continued to run off, and eventually dragged himself home with a bullet in his spine and had to be put down. He was five years old. Who knows how many of the hundreds of pups ended up euthanized due to lack of homes.
Even if you are willing to cope with the behaviors, what happens if you find yourself in changed circumstanced and are unable to keep him? And why would you want to subject your best buddy to a life of sexual frustration? and even if you are very careful and keep him from producing unwanted puppies, can you guarantee that someone else will be as responsible?
I will step down now off my soap box. Having worked in animal rescue for most of my adult life, I have seen way too many tragic situations and seen way too many wonderful dogs with no homes, through no fault of their own. I would get SO frustrated and angry with folks who thought neutering was awful, yet then abandoned the animal due to the intolerable behaviors neutering would have alleviated!
There are pros and cons. Coming from a European perspective I can see where Hellas is coming from and I am aware that in Scandinavian countries neutering is frowned on unless there are compelling medical reasons.
I agree that the weight issue is a myth.
I don't agree that all entire dogs are doomed to a life of sexual frustration as I live with 2 entire males myself. What is unkind, imo, is to allow a male to mate just the once, as many owners contemplate, as you have then shown him what his bits are for. If you have an entire dog I also think it is imperative to keep him far, far away from females in season. This is not always easy to do. Mine are never let off leash in the park because you just don't know what idiot is walking their in season girl.
I think it is better for the male dog's physique and ongoing health to neuter after growth plates have closed - which I think is by 1 year old; however if behavioural problems are starting to surface earlier might be warranted. Remember that neutering is not a panacea, though. You need to address his aggression/fear with training as well as neutering.
Boy MrsGreen is right on and said exactly how I feel so beautifully. Please listen to this advice for the sake of future unwanted puppies.
I agree with Mrs. Green too. Please have the little guy neutered. He won't know the difference.
**Also, a neutered male will be more prone to weight gain, which can be a problem with pugs in any case.**
In all the years and all the dogs I have had ... never, ever seen this happen. We are in charge of their calorie intake ... and their activity level. My five boys (three doxies and a lab and a catahoula) are all neutered and all at a perfect weight. I have to up their feed in summer :-)
MrsGreene has stated it beautifully.
I agree with Anne about the weight gain.... It's a struggle to keep our boys at their ideal weight because they're so active.. we're topping them off now so that they have a bit more padding for the winter!!
Male dogs can smell a female in heat up to three miles away. Even if you never allow your dog to "use his bits" they will still be able to smell females from a long distance and will be stimulated.
All our dogs are neutered.
I have 2 males and a female.
A vast majority of dogs in Scandinavia are entire, and we do not have any major problems with unwanted puppies. Stray dogs don't exist here. So it's not something that automatically happens just because the dogs are not neutered. I think responsible dog ownership is more important. Bitches in heat should never be left unsupervised outside and should only be walked on a leash. If everybody keeps to those simple rules, most accidents can be avoided.
If a male dog suffers a lot of stress because of his longing to mate, or if he is aggressive towards other male dogs, I agree that neutering can be a good thing. But a vast majority of male dogs don't belong to either category, in my experience. I have yet to meet a dog aggresive pug. One should also be aware, that if the aggression comes from insecurity, this can sometimes increase after neutering.
My male pug, Winston is neutered. The reason for our decision to neuter him was that one of his testicles didn't descend. As often happens, he was extremely fixated on females and we could see that this caused him stress. So it's not that I'm fanatically opposed to neutering. I just don't agree with the philosophy that it should be done as a matter of routine.
In the US, we euthanize between3-4 MILLION unwanted dogs and cats every year. 6-8 million end up in shelters annually.
One in four animals in shelters are purebreds. Most are abandoned due to "behavioral issues." Which, imveryho are 99% of the time the humans neglecting to properly socialize/train the animal.
Also very sadly, that 3-4 million number is way down over the last 40 years.
Logically, the situation in the US won't improve because of the responsible dog owners neutering their dogs. Their dogs aren't the ones causing the problem with dog overpopulation and abandonment. I believe that the situation will only improve when everybody starts being responsible. Puppy mills need to be outlawed. People need to be educated about when to breed and not to breed their dog. They need to be educated about what keeping a dog entails, so as to avoid impulse buyers. Dogs need to be given a higher status, as the intelligent, sensitive beings that they are.
To me, not wanting your dog to scent mark is a poor reason for neutering. The same thing can be achieved with proper training.
I absolutely 110% agree with you, that there are a lot of irresponsible dog owners in the US. That is the problem. However, we kill...forget the polite "euthanize"...more dogs in a year than there are dogs in all of Sweden. According to pubmed, there are an estimated 800,000 dogs in Sweden, and over 9 million people in Sweden. An estimated 15% of households have dogs. There are 72.8 MILLION dogs in the US, way more than there are people in Sweden! Almost 40% of households in the US have at least one dog. That is a LOT of dogs, and a LOT of people.
It is an absolute bloodbath for dogs here in the US, to put a fine point to it. And as I mentioned earlier, the euthanasia statistics have plummeted in the last 40 years, due in large part to a HUGE campaign on the part of shelters and humane organizations to spay and neuter. The surgery is simple and in the US, fairly inexpensive. many shelters and veterinarians do low or no cost spay and neuter clinics. You cannot, in most circumstances, adopt an unaltered animal from an animal shelter. Dogs are not valued by a huge percentage of the population, and are considered as disposable as an unwanted sofa or sweater, cast off with little more thought than that. Many dogshere, particularly in rural areas, never see the inside of a house, and are lucky to have the minimum required food, water, and shelter. They are not considered living, breathing beings with feelings and needs. Get a puppy, get tired of it, toss it out. Dogs are seen as plentiful--you can always go out and get another one.
I 10,000,000% agree with you that many, if not most, behaviors could easily be rectified by a little training. People seem to think that dogs should innately be born knowing how to behave, and are shocked when the puppy poops on the carpet or chews up a shoe. A recent story in our local newspaper chronicled the short and brutal life of a puppy who was litereally bludgeoned to death because it "would not stop digging holes." The dog was chained in its back yard its whole, short little life in a backyard, and got the minimum of care, as reported by the next door neighbor, whose young son was a witness as the dog owner beat the dog to death in front of him. Lolo man accused of killing puppy pleads not guilty to animal cruelty
A couple of minutes a day of training would have made poor Roscoe a wonderful companion. But Roscoe was tossed out with the trash and only got any attention at all because the neighbor stood up for him. I worked mostly with rabbit rescue (and if you think DOGS have it hard, try rabbit rescue) but daily encountered the dozens and dozens of wonderful dogs that were in the shelter because people were fed up with digging, barking, running off, having puppies, peeing in the house, marking. If neutering improved behavior even 5%, that is hundreds upon thousands of dogs who may not have been surrendered.
So I am very very glad for the dogs in Sweden that there are a whole lot of responsible dog owners in Sweden. But in the US, I will continue to froth at the mouth about the profound need to spay and neuter animals. Until you have lived it, you have NO idea whatsoever, what it is like here. It's like comparing a train accident to the Holocaust.
We are very glad indeed that we do not have the problems that the USA clearly has.
However, when somebody asks for advice it is always going to be the case that whoever is giving the advice is going to be coming from their own experience.
It is worth bearing in mind that the OP does not live in Western Europe or the USA and as such the pressures will differ.
With this, I can totally agree. I do understand that advocating spaying and neutering on a broad scale can be a good thing in the US, considering the situation. I does amaze me, however, that there can be so many ignorant people in a civilized nation. I remember watching an episode of The Dog Whisperer and being horrified by the (well intentioned) dog owners who didn't walk their dog. At all. And were wondering why the dog was "misbehaving". I called my husband to the TV and we shook our heads, thinking that they must be some sort of freak occurrance. It took a couple of seasons of watching the show for me to realize that there are actually a lot of people who have dogs, often several of them, and who have absolutely no idea of how to fulfill even a dog's most basic needs. And these are people who actually love their dogs. (I'll add here that I don't agree with the dog whisperer's methods, but I do agree with the need for dogs to exersise daily.)
My initial response was to the person asking the question. He or she is not living in the US. The fact that he/she asks about what to do tells me that they are a responsible dog owner. That's where I was coming from.
Yes, it is amazing to me as well, but I doubt you have puppy mills either....sigh. it is a cruel, cruel world for animals here.
A quick google search shows that animal welfare is not much better in Israel, where the OP lives:
Cruel solution sparks controversy - Israel News, Ynetnews
A quote from the article: "“The Society does everything in its power to find adoptive homes for the hundreds of animals staying at the shelter,” he said. “Unfortunately, the grim reality in the State of Israel shows that only 1 in 10 deserted animals will find a loving home.”