Spaying and Neutering

Unless you're new to dog ownership, you've probably heard someone talk about spaying and neutering your pet. Maybe it was the breeder from whom you purchased your rottie or maybe it was a worker in the shelter where you found your rottie. If you haven't planned on spaying or neutering your dog, and he is a pet that you are never going to show, you should rethink your decision.

With spaying and neutering, a pet's reproductive organs are removed. There are many health benefits including the elimination or reduction of certain cancers and tumors. Contrary to common belief, spaying or neutering doesn't make your rottie fat, though you may have to cut back a bit on feeding him. It also doesn't ruin his personality. In fact, with most dogs, spaying or neutering improves your dog's personality and attentiveness.

But, if you're like many purebred owners, you may be thinking that because your rottie is purebred, you should keep him intact and maybe breed him. This is not a good idea, for several reasons:

  • Most rottweilers sold to pet homes are pet quality, at best. By breeding a pet-quality rottweiler, you're breeding mediocre puppies and contributing to the pet overpopulation.

  • Although you might have paid a lot for your rottweiler, adult purebred pet-quality dogs aren't worth a lot in the pet marketplace. Purebred rescue and shelters have adoption fees to ensure that they place the dog in a serious home and not with a wholesaler who will sell the dog to research facilities.

  • You will have to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to prove your rottweiler clear of hereditary diseases.

  • If you don't spay or neuter, you must be careful enough to prevent another dog from jumping into your backyard and mating with your rottie (or to keep your rottie from jumping out). Accidents happen all the time.

  • You run the risk of not being able to sell the puppies. How is your rottie more special than other dogs? Does he have Schutzhund, conformation, agility, herding, or obedience titles? Why would anyone want to buy your puppies when there are hundreds of other sellers?

  • You must be willing to be responsible and screen buyers and take back every rottweiler you've bred.

  • You could lose your rottweiler female if she has problems during whelping. Puppies are born dead or malformed all the time. There may be a blockage that requires veterinary intervention. Even then, whelping pups is a risky business.

When people think about keeping their dogs intact, they usually think that it is better for the dog or that they should show their kids the “miracle of birth” or some other misguided notion. The miracle of birth is best watched on a videotape — don't use your rottie as a lesson. Things go wrong; puppies and dogs die. And when the pups are older and no one wants to buy them, are you going to show your children irresponsibility by dumping them in the shelter or having them euthanized?

Dogs don't enjoy sex, so you aren't doing your rottie any favors. Sex is an automatic drive, and when they can't satisfy that drive, it manifests itself in bad behavior. Spaying or neutering is healthier than leaving a dog intact. So spay or neuter your rottie. It is the right thing to do.

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