Why this is mandatory and not optional
The controversy over spaying and neutering will probably never end. There will always be
different points of view. My point of view is if you are buying your dog from me as a pet, it
will be spayed or neutered. Very seldom will I make an exception and if it is in the contract,
you can bet as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, I will take you to court to enforce the
contract you sign.
The reason I feel so strongly about spaying and neutering is that the majority of people are
not responsible. I'm sorry but that is the truth. How often do we hear stories of Fee Fee who
got out and was bred by Fido down the road. Not the same breed, no testing, no anything.
Just two irresponsible dog owners who allowed two dogs who have no merit for
reproducing add to the over population of unwanted and unplanned pets. Fee Fee's owners
give puppies away (or sell them to make some fast cash) to other irresponsible owners
who think breeding these cute mixes will buy them a new car. When one of these puppies is
unwanted Fee fee and Fido's owners sure don't want the troublesome pups back. So
where do the puppies end up? At the local shelter. So the problem has just been dumped
and passed on to someone else. These situations can be so easily resolved by having your
pet spayed or neutered so it can not reproduce.
Did you read some of my other pages where I make it clear we choose only the best of the
best for breeding? We spend thousands of dollars making sure each dog is worthy of
reproducing. If your dog has not done all of the same testing and training, then it isn't worthy.
Period. It is not improving anything in this breed just by pushing out puppies. We have spent
years developing tests so we can select only the very best, we do not need pet owners
ignoring all of these tests just to have puppies.
I do not have any desire to fight with any of my buyers. I have better things to do. So I spell
everything out very clearly ahead of the purchase. All of my pet owners know what their
responsibilities will be and each potential buyer can elect to agree with my terms and
purchase a puppy from me or to go elsewhere. I do not lie to you, or trick you into anything. I
make it very clear ahead of time.
I like my puppies to be spayed/neutered after 12 months of age but before 24 months.
Early spay/neuter changes how the dogs grow and makes them taller than they would
normally be, putting more pressure on their joins and grossly increasing the risk of
things like his and elbow dysplasia. So we prefer you wait until closer to 2 years old before
spaying or neutering.
Do you think it's easy to keep your intact dog away from others and prevent pregnancy?
Did you know that intact male dogs have been known to climb 10-12 foot fences, dig holes,
chew through doors, and howl or bark for hours on end, day and night if there is a female in
season in the neighbourhood. Some of them will start to mark in the house. They loose
their focus and work strictly on hormones. Doesn't that sound like fun.
Did you know females bleed for three weeks at a time, sometimes as often as every 4
months? They leave drops of blood all over the house. Their scent travels for miles to attract
intact males. So you often have unwanted males hanging around your house who have
escaped from homes in your neighbourhood. Did you know females in heat can become
very aggressive towards other female dogs and sometimes males as well, often turning
from a loving family pet to a raging bag of killer hormone. Even females who live together
as best friends often try to kill each other when one is in season. So for three weeks at a
time your female in season has to be kept secluded from all other dogs. That means no
walks, no dog parks, no visiting friends. Doesn't that sound like fun?
Breeding isn't for everyone and should not be taken lightly. There are so many things that
go on behind the scenes. It is not a casual situation. It is not better for any dog to breed
before being spayed or neutered. Those are simply old wives tails. It is no better or worse if
you as a human breed or not.
There are also risks in breeding which I will get into on another page.
Do us all a favor and unless you are planning to go the extra mile and do everything I do and
be a real full time responsible breeder, just plan to spay or neuter your pet.