Spaying or Neutering
Spaying or neutering Bichon dogs is something you should seriously consider if you have no intention of becoming a reputable breeder. Why? There are a number of different reasons, but the main ones will be discussed below:
Reduces aggression – It is a proven fact that male dogs that aren’t neutered have more aggression than Bichon dogs that are. Dogs that aren’t neutered are more likely to bite, and get into fights with other male dogs. Furthermore, dogs that are not neutered are also more prone to roaming and hyperactivity.
Fact: It is estimated that 80% of dogs that are struck by cars have not been fixed.
Prevents the creation of unwanted dogs – Every year, millions of dogs all over the world are euthanized because they are abandoned, abused, or unwanted. If you do not spay or neuter your dog, you run the risk of your dog becoming pregnant or impregnating another dog. If a liter of puppies are born because of the carelessness of two owners, what happens to these bichon dogs? Who will care for them?
Fact: A single female dog and her offspring can breed over 65,000 dogs within six years, and only 1 in 4 dogs finds a good home.
Prevention of health problems – When you spay a female you will prevent potential medical problems such as ovarian and breast cancer, and uterine infection which can occur from problems in relation to her heat cycle and unwanted pregnancies. In fact, female dogs that are spayed before they reach one year of age are 99.9% less likely to develop reproductive cancer.
As far as male dogs are concerned, males who are neutered are less likely to develop prostate problems, and will never suffer testicular cancer.
Fact: Spaying or neutering Bichon dogs improves their overall health and on average, increases their life span.
In addition, here are two other notable facts about spaying or neutering that you may find interesting:
- Bichon dogs that have been spayed or neutered display better behaviors and are more focused when it comes to training.
- Pet licensing fees are often lower for dogs that have been spayed or neutered.
You should have your dog spayed or neutered as soon as she/he is old enough for the procedure. Speak to your Vet and find out his recommendations.
Your dog shouldn’t be someone else’s problem. Take responsibility of your dog and have her/him fixed if you don’t intend to use them for responsible breeding. This will make the world a better place for Bichon dogs and all animals in general.