Having a litter will help her grow up................False.
Raising a litter of puppies will not change her personality. She
may not even be a good mother, or she may need emergency medical attention, such as a
Caesarean section. In fact, spayed dogs usually make better pets.
It will change his temperament.......................True and False.
Neutering the male dog at an early age will help him be less
aggressive regarding his "territory". He will also not be tempted to follow the
scent of any female in heat in your neighborhood. Early neutering will also help in
house-breaking and training by decreasing the incidence of urine marking for territorial
reasons. An added benefit is a decrease in the chance of prostate cancer. But it won't
turn your dog into a "wimp", and he'll never know what's missing!
It will reduce her risk of
If spayed before her first heat (about six months), her risk of
developing breast tumors is substantially reduced. Mammary cancer is the number one
malignancy of the older female dog. Surgery in the immature female is less prone to
complications. Spaying totally eliminates the possibility of ovarian or uterine cancers.
I plan on making
enough money to recoup my investment in this dog.
Experienced breeders will tell you that they often lose money
due to stud fees, veterinary care, food, advertising, and time spent caring for the mother
and litter. They all place enormous demands on your resources. Responsible breeders spend
a lifetime learning about the bloodlines, genetics, and history of their breed. And this
still doesn't guarantee a market for the puppies.
It will make my dog lazy
Overeating and lack of exercise make a dog fat, not missing
AKC registration is not an indication of quality,
and neither is the presence of champions in the pedigree. Very few dogs have the
outstanding qualities necessary for breeding. Each puppy you produce should be an
improvement over the parents. You may feel your dog is perfect, but is it a model for the
future of the breed? Read the AKC standard for your breed and show your dog in competition
to see how it measures up to others. Research the common health problems in your breed and
discuss testing for genetic defects with your veterinarian.
Many cities are considering expensive fees and licenses for keeping unaltered
Dogs recover from spaying or neutering in about a week, with minimal discomfort. Speak
with your veterinarian or a reputable breeder about your concerns and the benefits
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