When a male dog is neutered at the recommended age, he is much less likely to develop aggressive and territorial behavior patterns. When a male dog is not neutered, he may become prone to “marking his territory” with urine, (very problematic for indoor dogs!), prone to running away from home in search of a female, and prone to fighting with other dogs. He may develop a tendency to exhibit aggressive behavior towards people. Intact male dogs are also at risk for testicular cancer.

Intact male dogs can smell the scent of a female in heat from a great distance and will travel to her, so we highly recommend spaying your female dog to reduce the risk of an accidental pregnancy. Intact female dogs are also at risk to develop pyometra, (an infection of the uterus). The bleeding from a heat cycle can also be problematic for indoor dogs.