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Should he get the snip?
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Date: 4/15/12 2:37 AM

Dear dog lovers,
My daughter has a two and a half year old bull mastiff/pit bull/boxer cross. He is a large dog, 41 Kilos of muscle, usually beautiful natured and gentle UNTIL he sees a certain other male dog in the neighbor hood that he does not like. He got away from me during a walk and ran across the road to fight with this dog and it caused quite an uproar. I was quite shaken by it and told my daughter she should have him desexed. She says it will ruin his character.
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Date: 4/15/12 3:25 AM

I don't know much about dogs, but I have some experience in human snipping, and it seems to make no difference at all in men.

In cats though, neutering has only positive aspects. The boys are easier to live with; less aggressive, less prone to fighting, less prone to roam. Plus, there is no longer a chance that they might get out and create even more kittens who will end up competing for good homes, only to end up in a shelter which will euthanize them.

A dog like your daughter's is too strong and aggressive to leave whole. I would get him to the vet asap.

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Date: 4/15/12 3:31 AM

Ruin his character? I don't think there is any reason for a mongrel pet dog to not be desexed, whether they are male or female. We really don't need any more unwanted puppies in the world.

If he behaves like that towards a male dog, how will he be when there is a female dog in heat within smelling distance? No-one will be able to stop him.

Actually you are lucky there was only an "uproar" this time. One of my dogs was bitten when we were out walking last year and the vet bills came to over $1,000. Has your daughter got a spare thousand lying around to pay for the vet bills of any dog hers attacks? If he actually causes injury, the council can take legal action against her. What if there had been a small child near the dog her dog doesn't like, and they'd been caught up in the fight?

I'm not surprised you were shaken. But I think your daughter needs to take her dog-owning responsibilities a bit more seriously than she seems to be. Just my two-cents worth! Hope you don't regret asking for opinions...

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Date: 4/15/12 6:37 AM

Yes, he should be neutered. There are way too many dogs without homes now. My daughter was out walking her dog yesterday and her dog was attacked - $300 to stitch up her dog's leg.

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Date: 4/15/12 7:26 AM

I don't think dogs should be owned by people too physically weak to restrain them. Sorry, that's come out a bit blunt, huge strong dogs are a danger. Every year it seems, we get news reports of children mauled by a dog out of control. A help in restraining any large dog is the sort of harness which goes around the chest, and a muzzle isn't a bad idea either. The vet's the best person to advise on neutering.

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Date: 4/15/12 7:28 AM

Thank you for commenting ladies. These are all good points.
I thought someone here may have been in a similar situation and could comment from the dog owner point of view.
-- Edited on 4/15/12 7:46 AM --

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Date: 4/15/12 7:30 AM

Petro he already has a harness and is not required by the council law to wear a muzzle. I have already suggested that we go talk to the vet.

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Date: 4/15/12 7:48 AM

I would like to say that once I had a sheltie collie who wasn't desexed. This dog would literally look for fights with other dogs in the neighborhood. He passed before we had him "snipped", but had we not waited the few weeks he had left, we would have done so. This dog would literally spin in his kennel if we drove our car nearby, he would spin if we opened the garage door, and heaven forbid should you take him on a walk. And he wasn't the size of dog your daughter is dealing with.

My all time Guru of the Dog World is Cesar Millan. He's an advocate for all dogs to be neutered. Which at first surprised me, because of the "manly thing" associated with dogs and Cesar is certainly that. But he's shown how their behavior DOES change--for the better. Click here for some info

I can say my dog was frustrated, confused, and aggressive. Thankfully, he's no longer with us (died of prostate cancer).

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Date: 4/15/12 8:08 AM

Thanks Miss Fairchild, Part of the problem is the fact that with most people and children and even dogs for that matter he is just fine, the proverbial gentle giant .. and he is utterly devoted to 'his' humans.
I think however that he has been slow to sexually mature and is just moving into alpha-dog status mentally. He is not undisciplined but is pushing the boundaries - sort of like a teenager. Maybe the question I should be asking is how to convince my daughter of the very real potential problems?

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Date: 4/15/12 8:13 AM

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Maybe the question I should be asking is how to convince my daughter of the very real potential problems?
Send her the link I sent you. Raider, our dog, was sweet in the house; even would prance around when he got back from the groomers, showing off his new look. But his demeanor changed quickly when the other influences appeared. Once while in this state, he bit me and left me with a serious wound. I would hate for your children, depending on their size if they are small, to be bit in the face or worse.

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