If you do not intend to breed from your dog, surgical desexing has undoubted advantages in both the male and the female dog.
In the male dog it removes the sexual urge and decreases the incidence of many territorial and aggressive behaviours.
In the female it stops seasons or oestrous cycles and prevents unwanted pregnancies. Owners are often tempted to have at least one litter from a bitch. There is a misconceptions that having a litter will improve temperament. There is no scientific evidence to support this theory, whereas it has been proven that desexing prevents diseases of the uterus and also reduces the possibility of breast cancer.
A common fallacy is that desexed dogs will become fat and lazy. Remember that all service dogs such as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs are routinely desexed. Sensible feeding without excessive titbits should adequately control any problems of obesity, just as it does in the entire dog.
Another fallacy is that the desexed dog loses character. Admittedly, desexing may be carried out for certain behavioural abnormalities and often dogs will become more gentle, but they lose neither their spirit nor their intelligence and, provided they are not allowed to become obese, are just as active as their entire counterparts.
From Club Newsletter, June 1997, reprinted July 2005
Australia has one the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Almost two-thirds of Australian households currently own pets.
Despite these figures, hundreds of thousands of healthy cats and dogs are euthanased each year in pounds and shelters nationwide simply because there are not enough homes available.
One of the best things a responsible animal owner can do is to have their cat or dog desexed. Pets that are desexed no longer add to the heartbreaking tragedy of overpopulation.
Extract from Wentworth Courier, June 2005, quoted July 2005