Last Updated on February 19, 2021
When you get a dog, you’ll notice that the world is divided into two kinds of people: the ones who say you should neuter your dog and the ones who say you shouldn’t neuter your dog. At the end, it will be your decision, but you should seek the veterinarian’s opinion about that, so you have a more informed idea of what you should or should not do. In this article i’ll give you a list of 10 reasons why you shouldn’t neuter your dog, either if he’s only a puppy or already an adult. You see, when you neuter a dog, not only you’re changing his anatomy, you’re also changing him in terms of hormones. And that can be challenging for him and for you.
1. Dogs that were neutered have a higher rate of hip dysplasia
Studies have shown that dogs that are more prone to develop hip dysplasia, after they get neutered, that risk will be 1.5 times higher than an intact dog. Dogs like German Shepherds Dogs are among these, so you need to be extra careful if you’re thinking about this breed and neuter him. So, if you want to neuter your dog, you should only do it after he reaches sexual maturity, and never when he is just a puppy. Why? To see if he tends to have problems in his hips during his development.
2. Altering A Dog Doesn’t Fix Their Behavior
There is a myth, or a stereotype, among dog owners that a neutered dog is less aggressive than one that isn’t. This stereotype gets a bigger impact when some veterinarians recommend it, especially for male dogs and even before they reach 6 months old, in order to stop any aggressive behavior that may occur. But studies have shown that aggressive behavior on dogs is influenced by his genetics and how they are educated by the owners. So, instead of paying a veterinarian to neuter your dog, you should pay a trainer to help you with your dog’s behaviour.
3. They are more likely to get cancer
You probably heard that you should neuter your dog because this will decrease his chance of developing cancer, but a study performed by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart at the University of California says it works the other way around. He says that neutered dogs have a higher chance of getting cancer, especially osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumours and lymphoma. And the Whole Dog Journal made it public that neutered dogs have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer.