Considerations for people thinking of Breeding their pet:

"But My Dog..."  

People give a number of reasons for not spaying or neutering their pets - most of them based on misconceptions.

But My Dog... is a purebred. That dog has a lot of company in shelters around the country. According to the Humane Society of the United States, at least one-fourth of the millions of animals found in animal shelters each year are purebreds. Registration with the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club is no guarantee that a dog is well bred. Only dogs free of hereditary defects, with good temperament and conformation should even be considered for breeding.

But My Dog... should have a litter first. All medical evidence indicates just the opposite. It is much healthier for a dog to be spayed before the first heat cycle.

But My Dog... is a male. Perhaps your backyard won't be filled with puppies, but your neighbors might not be so lucky. Your dog may sire many litters, contributing to pet overpopulation. His urge to roam may also take him on dangerous adventures in the streets and yards of your neighborhood. Neutering your male will not make him feel like "less of a dog" - and will probably be a lot happier. (Editors note: Additionally, male dogs that are neutered no longer run the risk for prostate problems.)

But My Dog... should be protective. Don't worry, most dogs are instinctively protective of their homes and families, and this trait is not affected by sterilization. In addition, neutered animals are not distracted by turbulent hormonal influences and respond just as well, if not better, to training.

But My Dog... will get fat. Just like its human companions, a dog gets fat because of overeating and lack of exercise. While it is true that neutering slows a dog's metabolism, a slight adjustment at dinnertime should eliminate any problem.

But My Dog... is special. Of course it is. You will never find another dog just like it, even among its offspring. Even professional breeders who work with several generations of well-planned litters are not able to completely control the outcome of their efforts. It's best to appreciate your dog for its unique qualities. If you want another pet, look among the many already born and in need of homes.

Even a pet owner who finds loving homes for any puppies his or her dog gives birth to has still contributed to the problems of pet overpopulation. The number of animals as well as the potential for many more has increased, and fewer homes are available for those already waiting. Simply put, more animals will die.

Parents who want to illustrate the facts of life for their children should consider how much easier it is to find a good book at the library to rent an appropriate video than to clean up after a litter of busy puppies and pay for their health care. Responsible pet care is a wonderful way to teach respect for all living beings.                                                                                                   ~  author unknown  ~    

Links to visit before breeding your dog: devoted to “mixed breeds”