“Females should have a litter before being desexed.”
This is not necessary for your pet’s benefit. Spaying a dog before her first heat will reduce the risk of mammary cancer to nearly zero. Every season/heat a female has, significantly increases her chance of developing mammary cancer.
“Desexing my pet will make him/her fat.”
By removing organs that produce hormones your pet’s metabolism may be slowed, overfeeding your pet will make it fat.
“Animals become lazy after they are desexed.”
There is generally no change in the character of your dog. Young males will be less inclined to mount objects and jump fences in search of a female mate. However, they will still be happy to chase their favourite ball or participate in their favourite activity.
“Desexing a trained guard dog will reduce his/her ability to guard.”
Guarding results from instinctive territorial behaviour… it is not changed by the removal of testicles.
“I don’t want to desex my dog because he will miss it”.
Desexing animals at 6 months means they do not have a chance to develop mating behaviours. This is also “humanising” what your pet feels. Dogs are an important part of the family, but remember – they are not human!