Neuter or Not

I know with other breeds, particularly those more prone to aggressive behavior, this procedure supposedly helps to make them less likely to act out. However, I understand Great Pyrs are a relatively calm breed. Would this procedure be of any benefit? I am not big on altering in general so I thought I would ask. I do not plan on showing our pup.

Thanks!

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Jul 03, 2020
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Neutering
by: Donna

A well-bred Pyr will be socialized and handled by many people with the breeder and then by you. He should not become aggressive because he is intact. However, he may not tolerate other intact males.

Negative training can make a Pyr aggressive.

If you can guarantee your Pyr will not impregnate a female, you can leave him intact. Make sure you have secure fencing. Know that males/females are very innovative when the need arises.

So many irresponsible people leave their dogs intact with no secure fencing. Then, when females are in heat, they go wandering. Sadly, some are hit by cars, poisoned or shot by farmers. The ones who do make it home after being picked up by humane societies, have left a few impregnated females.

It does come down to being responsible.

Jul 04, 2020
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neuter & spay
by: Anonymous

It would be interesting to know why your parameters for altering your dog, or not, are 'aggression' and 'acting out'. Leaving him intact shouldn't make him anything.
However, if intact, he will be single-minded in his purpose if there is a female in heat of any breed persuasion within 50 miles or so. He will wander. That's what leaving him in a natural state will do. Leaving him intact and expecting him to be a happy, balanced dog in your fenced-in yard, will only feel right to you. As an intact male he will always, always be on the hunt for an opportunity to breed.
All I can say is, do what is best for HIM as your pet companion. We are in our elder years. In our youth, spaying and neutering was not done. We dealt with the consequences. I can tell you truthfully, the neutered males we have had lately (4) are happier, healthier and perfectly content to lay beside our rocking chairs and be with us.
They do not miss their 'you know whats' a bit.
The bonus for us is that they are perfect gentlemen on the walk and approach other dogs only as a new play pal potential. And we do not worry about them 'acting out' to use your words, when we take them with us anywhere!
Its your choice. Just please choose for your dog and not for yourself.

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