Disclosure: This is one of those questions, no matter what I say, some people will not agree with me and that’s fine; but since you asked, I’m asking to respect the fact that I took the time to answer and I know that not everyone shares my opinion on this matter.
1. Reproduction is one of the biggest reasons vets and breeders convince people to spay/neuter their dogs and with so many poor animals in shelters, who can blame them? But I know I am a responsible dog owner, who will make sure there is not an unwanted pregnancy. We are actually not planning to breed Max at all, for those concerned about dogs in need of homes.
2. People who say your dog will develop behavioral problems are obviously not good dog handlers. If you properly train your dog, it will most likely not have any issues and resorting to neutering in hope that it’ll fix a behavior problem just seems a bit silly. If Maxen does, at any point of his life, develop aggression towards dogs/people (which is not a problem IMO), I will gladly avoid dog parks, before I get him neutered.
3. If need be and there’s some health concern that calls for neutering, I will absolutely not hesitate to do so. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Note: Our vets and breeder agree with me and I was very clear about this with breeders when I was looking for a puppy.
Like I said, I am not opposed to it, it is just not something we choose to do with our dogs, unless needed.
Always happy to help in any way I can!
So apperantly Max has jealousy issues, because when I pet other dogs, he just recently started growling at them, which is something he never does in any other situations.
I don’t know if it’s jealousy or signs possesiveness yet, but definitely something I have to start working on right away.
This is not a behavior I want him to ever display, we want kids in the future and who know if we’ll decide to get another dog at some point. He’s usually fine with Sushi (our cat) being pet, but I’ve noticed him trying to divert the attention to himself recently.
I am making a mental note to be more aware of this and not let him get his way.