• Neutering Impact

    Many husky owners wonder, does neutering and spaying a husky dog impacts behavior and growth? You can hear many sides of the story and different people will tell you different things. It’s hard to say for sure as there hasn’t been any study conducted, but husky enthusiasts sure notice some changes after neutering or spaying a husky dog.

    For starters you should know that neutering a dog to reduce aggression isn’t the only way to make your puppy less aggressive. There are many training methods out there to make your puppy less aggressive and improve overall behavior. Some people do say that neutering a male dog will decrease aggression and although that could be true you shouldn’t rely on neutering your dog in order to fix a behavior problem such as aggression.

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    1. WyrDachsie
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      Studies have shown that it doesn’t make dogs “larger” as it does make them “leggier” or taller.

      Dogs no longer want to roam when they are spayed/neutered. Statistics have also shown that most dogs bites are caused by unneutered male dogs. It will calm them a little, but depending on the breed, they may still need exercise. It’s not going to turn an active dog into a couch potato.

      edit:

      Let me clarify. Studies have shown that juvenile spay/neutering has an effect on when the growth plates close, causing the dogs to become “leggier”. Hormones are needed for a dog to grow correctly and by removing these hormones at such a young age is effecting the way dogs are developing.

    2. hpenlife
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      spay and neutering does calm them down a bit and with a female it can make her overweight if you don’t watch her diet.

    3. MamaB
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      Castration usually affects the temperament of a male more than spaying a female does. However, in the case of a male, neutering in the hope of sorting out an aggression problem doesn’t always work. It has been my experience that whereas my males have usually gone ‘softer’, both in temperament and physically, and also their coats were marginally heavier, my spayed bitches haven’t changed at all, apart from perhaps also growing more coat. Breeds, and individuals even, do differ however.

      Growth – not noticed the slightest change, although this is probably because my bitches were not spayed until they finished their maternal duties, and my males were only neutered because of prostate problems in later life. Haven’t heard that neutering affects size however.

    4. aussiegenes
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      Neutering before puberty does result in a taller animal because the growth plates on the long bones do not close as soon as they do in a male that reaches puberty and the accompanying testosterone surge. You can see this in horses and dogs fairly often. In a litter of Border collies a friend had, the 3 that were neutered at 9 weeks grew 3″ taller and longer legged than the 4 who were not neutered at all. The effect is less noticeable in females.

    5. jujukitty
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      Not necessarily. There can be a tendency for some dogs to put on weight, but that’s easily taken care of with diet and exercise. It shouldn’t change the dog’s personality and won’t necessarily “calm down” an active dog. If it’s a male dog or cat who are “active” because they’re chasing females or being territorially aggressive, neutering can help that.

    6. David J
      Oct 7th
      Reply

      From 50 years of experience with dogs, I can say that having dogs neutered does make them put on weight. It can help with males from being a wanderer ans aggressive. With females it can prevent ailments of the sexual organs. But personally I have a GSD who is 4 yrs old and I would never have him neutered, he is friendly, slim and has a problem with arthritis due to being beaten by a previous owner. Any extra weight gain would make his problem worse. Ask your vet if it should be done given any other problems with the breed

    7. Brent M
      Nov 13th
      Reply

      I have a husky that is nine years old and we just had him neutered yesterday. A couple days ago I was taking him for a walk and noticed a growth above his anus. Upon taking him to the vet it turned out to be a testosterone induced tumor. The doctor said that Huskies are known for having this problem and it would go away once the procedure occurred. He is still his spunky self right now though he just has a hard time getting around because of the cone on his head. lol It comes off in a few more days.

    8. masoud omidi
      Feb 17th
      Reply

      we have a 7 months bitch siberian husky and wondering when to spy her as we dont think we could possibly breed her.
      Thanks.

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