neutering males?

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Re: neutering males?

Postby Nickdawg » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:45 am

Neutering I think is positive for many reasons and I think it helps to a degree (see below) but also know this is a breed known for dog aggression and many neutered dogs of all breeds also can have issues with other dogs - another good resource around managing dog aggression here http://www.badrap.org/dog-owner-bible see links within on dog-dog tolerance, keeping the peace, etc.

knowing your dog and good management is key.


The only behaviors influenced by neutering are related to male sex hormones. Neutering won’t affect your dog’s working abilities, friendliness, playfulness or personality. However, hormones like testosterone are reduced by neutering, which can reduce behaviors associated with them. You may see a reduction in the following behaviors after neutering your dog:

•Urine marking. Testosterone makes a dog more interested in advertising his presence by urine marking. Neutering your dog will reduce his desire to excessively mark his surroundings with urine. This includes areas outside and around your yard, as well as inside your home.

•Roaming. Unaltered dogs often try to leave home in search of females in heat, which puts them at risk of getting lost and being injured or killed on roadways. Neutered dogs tend to live longer than sexually intact dogs, probably because they’re less likely to engage in risky behaviors like roaming. Neutering will lessen or eliminate your dog’s urge to roam.

•Aggression. Some studies suggest that neutering can decrease aggression toward other male dogs because testosterone might increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior. Other studies have found no significant relationship between aggression and neutering. It’s possible that competition for mates results in aggression between male dogs, so a dog’s urge to fight with other males might go away when his desire for females is eliminated by neutering. However, there are many complex reasons why dogs fight, and you may not see any changes in your dog’s aggressive behavior simply because he’s been neutered.

•Social problems. Other male dogs can easily detect an unneutered dog’s high testosterone level and become aggressive. This can make your intact dog a target of harassment by other male dogs. Neutering can reduce or eliminate this undesirable attention.

•Inappropriate mounting. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. However, mounting is a complex behavior. It can be a sexual behavior, but it can also be a playful behavior or an attempt to assert social control. Only sexually motivated mounting can be reduced by neutering. And although a dog’s interest in females in heat will diminish after neutering, it might not be completely eliminated. He might still become aroused and try to mate if he encounters a receptive female.

this is from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual- ... nge-my-dog

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Re: neutering males?

Postby Nickdawg » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:18 pm

yes he is probably re-directing, but also not uncommon for dogs who grew up together of this breed to not get along as maturity hits... good to feed separate and eliminate triggers (toys) and so on. separate when not home, to sleep etc. get a break stick, in case the fight gets bad. I would still neuter. just my opinion.


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