Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Millions of dogs are subjected to euthanasia each year for a variety of reasons. Among them are the following: incurable illnesses or injuries, aggression, unmanageability, and unplanned pregnancies. Many people are simply not willing to accept the responsibilities of dog ownership entails, so they abandon their dogs. 

There are many things that can be done to help alleviate these problems. Solutions to this problem are to spay and neuter all pets or impose a ban on breeding. Certainly, there are too many unwanted dogs. Both purebred and mixed breeds can be found in local animal shelters. Therefore, imposing some restrictions on breeding may be warranted to eliminate the destruction of healthy, adoptable dogs. These restrictions should apply to irresponsible breeders, such as those that own puppy mills or other profit-making endeavors. 

Those who breed purebred dogs should have some stake in their breed.
Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. For example, they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed. They show their dogs in breed or performance events. These endeavors help them to learn more about their breed. They are members of the national breed club for their breed and subscribe to a code of ethics. 

Being a breeder means that you are well educated and dedicated to your breed.  The majority of AKC dog litter registrations came from pet dog owners. Many first-time purebred dog owners believe that they should breed their dog because it is a registered purebred. They may have paid several hundred dollars for their new pup and see breeding their dog to get a return on some of the money they have spent. Additionally, purebred puppies can be quite expensive, therefore, if they breed, they’ll never have to buy another puppy. Others believe that breeding their puppy would be a great family experience. 

These are grave misconceptions about breeding.
Firstly, not all dogs, purebred or not, should be bred. Before breeding, prospective parents should be healthy, have a stable temperament, be strong and well built, and typify their breed. Responsible breeders carefully research their dog’s lineage in order to find the “perfect” mate. They spend long hours, at first educating themselves, and then, educating prospective buyers about their breed. 

If you but or adopt a dog, be it mixed or purebred, spay or neuter it before it reaches puberty. There are many benefits to this practice. Neutered dogs are less likely to wander, mark their territory, become aggressive with other dogs, challenge the dominance of their owners, and vent their sexual frustration through inappropriate behavior, like chewing, barking, and mounting. 

Females have less chance of getting mammary cancer or infections of the uterus. Both of these conditions can lead to death.  Altered animals are better dogs because they can concentrate more fully on their work, even if that work is to be a well-behaved companion. Some people believe that spaying or neutering their dogs will change their personalities or increase the likelihood that they’ll become lazy and fat. Indeed, their personalities will change, for the better. Additionally, dogs that are properly fed and exercised do not become lazy and fat.

Every mixed breed can be traced to a purebred. Therefore, accidental breeding does occur among unaltered animals. You can do your part to help eliminate the dog overpopulation problem, and all of the incidental problems that accompany it, by spaying or neutering your pure or mixed breed dog. By doing so, your dog will enjoy many health benefits, like reducing its risk of cancer and you are more likely to have a manageable companion. (See the flow chart to better determine whether or not your dog should be bred.)

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Breeding is a BIG responsibility. 
Do you have the time, money and commitment needed?