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What are the pros and cons of neutering a dog?

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A pro of neutering a dog is that it decreases the risk of health problems, while a con is that it affects growth and maturation. An owner should discuss the issue with a veterinarian and possibly a dog breeder to get a handle on potential ramifications and effects.

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What are the pros and cons of neutering a dog?
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Some other pros of neutering a dog include decreasing the chances of the dog developing testicular cancer and prostate problems and decreasing the dog's sexual behavior and aggressiveness. Some hypersexual behavior includes mounting. However, an owner who wants to neuter a dog to modify behavior should know that this is not a reliable method. Neutering might not reduce aggression or dominant behavior. Some other cons are that neutering affects a dog's growth rate, maturation and hair texture. A neutered dog can also gain weight more easily later in life.

Before neutering a dog, an owner needs to discuss the decision with a veterinarian to decide on the right time to neuter or other options, notes The Kennel Club. An owner also needs to consider several factors. For one, this procedure is irreversible so the owner needs to be certain. Another consideration is if the owner wants to breed the dog, because if the dog is purebred or has endorsements for breeding, the owner may want to hold off on the decision for a while.

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