myers wrote: How would you like it if your parents decided to neuter you when you were born?
There is no 'nice' way to put this, so I will be blunt. I do not identify my sexuality with my dog's sexuality. My dog will not miss the 'right' to bear or sire offspring. Dogs do not lament the loss of reproductive capacity, they do not have a concept of longing for a family.
Males can breed through fences - this has happened time and time again, just ask a breeder who had dogs in ajoining kennels when a bitch came into season. An intact male that gets out just once is going to roam to find a bitch in season - that is why they instinctually roam in the first place.
As you said it is very uncommon, my dogs have a better chance of being struck by lightning then getting pyometra.
I did some more research on Pyometra last night, and it is far more common than I thought it was. Type in 'pyometra' in Google and the first page of surgery pictures and personal accounts will turn your stomach. The older a dog is, and the more heats it goes through without breeding the higher the risk of infection.
The worst thing about Pyometra is a draining Pyometra can mimic normal post heat discharge so often goes undetected. If your dog is a picky eater like Ruby always was, you may not notice that she is off her food more than usual. It's a long slow disease followed by a long slow recovery.
I forgot to mention that in addition to the $900 in vet bills I also had to take about 3 days total off of work. All that needs to be figured in when someone decides not to spay their dog.
If you are ok with your dogs being unaltered that's fine, but 99.9% of owners are not vigilant enough with their dogs. It is your choice and your right to have unaltered dogs, but please do not encourage others to follow suit.
Ruby was under breeding contract when I bought her - it was the only way I could bring her home so I agreed to it. Part of the contract stipulated that if she became pregnant while in my care and not under the direction of her breeder I would owe $1500
per puppy (the normal selling price) to the breeder. You can bet I was vigilant, especially as she was one of a litter of 8 and had the propensity to also have a large litter. However, yes, she did escape once when the front door did not latch completely and she opened it. She can also open the sliding glass door if it is not locked - that only leads to a fenced back yard, but plenty of dogs can just 6 foot fences. Pitbulls are smart, resourceful dogs - and we all know that if they are determined to do something they will often figure out how to do it.
And I'm just curious - you say you 'haven't had a pergnancy yet'. What will you do if and when one occurs? Is your dog from a line of dogs that has safe, stable temperaments and are free of genetic disorders? As you say that you do not plan to breed your dog, I would assume a pregnancy would be accidental, so you will probably not know the history of the male she breeds with. Will you spay and neuter all of the puppies immediately, as you will not know their genetic makeup? Are you ready and willing to take any of the puppies/dogs back at any point in their lives if the people you give/sell them to decide they don't want them? All of these questions directly relate to issues faced by every ethical breeder - and every owner of an intact dog.
This is not an attack, but honest questions. If you are encourageing people not to alter their dogs (which it sounds to me like you are, as you call it an unnessary surgery) you need to also inform them of all of the responsibilities that an untered dog intales.