is boone neutered? what are your opinions on it? I have a dog who isn't neutered, and I have no plans to breed him, I just havent neutered him because he's always supervised and doesnt show any behaviour problems, but I read a lot of opinions on the subject and both sides say you should neuter or you shouldnt
LOL oh man conditioned weight and neutering, we’re just hitting all of dogblr’s hot points today.
boone is neutered, yes. the rescue group vetted, neutered, and did a dental cleaning as part of his adoption package. they (and most rescues in the US) will only adopt out speutered pets due to concerns about accidental litters. i honestly think this is a good thing for greyhounds as in the US, they are virtually impossible to find in shelters/BYB litters because the population is so strictly controlled. Lurchers really aren’t a thing in this country.
as for whether or not your own dog should be neutered, that’s entirely a personal choice and i don’t believe there’s really a 100% right or wrong answer here. its really up to the dog’s individual needs and lifestyles. if you feel completely, forever-and-always, unquestionably accurate that he will never accidentally get out one day or otherwise be put in a situation where there’s a potential for him to sire a litter, it’s not a concern. if he has zero behavior issues (ie no marking, excessive humping, doesn’t go crazy around intact bitches or bitches in heat), it’s not a concern. if you haven’t run into any situations where you’ve thought you wished he was neutered, it’s not a concern.
some dogs do get behavioral issues that get better with neutering. however, just as often it can be solved only with consistent training. i think intact males certainly can pick up some of the less pleasant habits, but neutering isn’t an automatic fix for that, you have to actively work on it.
really the ultimate goal of dog ownership is to ensure your dog lives the longest, healthiest, happiest life it can. but all dogs will die of something, there’s no cure-all. you don’t pass away from “old age” you die because something in your body fails, that’s inevitable. and I don’t believe there’s any concise evidence that intact or neutered dogs live any longer than the other.
so like i said, your choice. personally, if boone had come to me intact i would have neutered him regardless. i do not have complete faith that he will never slip a leash or run into an intact female at some point, especially with how dog-dense this city is. but if he were intact, i really doubt he’d be much different. so you just need to do what you feel comfortable with. but there’s no right or wrong answer.
i will say that i would always spay a female. i hate dealing with heats, and females i do believe live longer on average if spayed. but for males, it’s much more minor.