@tanza said in Should I neuter my Basenji?:
If in the US it is typical that spay/neuter is done as we have way too many backyard breeders or puppy mills.
Can you explain this to me? I don't get the connection between neutering one's pet and backyard breeders. Sounds to me like good breeders just don't want buyers to breed the dogs they buy from them. Sally, being a breeder opposed neutering, seems to be objective since it's not in her interest in this regard.
Helle Devi posted a link to a UK-published book claiming that there are many negative health side effects from neutering. At first, I wasn't sure I trust that source, but according to the AKC,
"An increasing body of evidence shows that neutering (including spaying) male and female dogs can have adverse health effects such as an increased risk of certain joint disorders (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cranial cruciate ligament rupture) and cancer (lymphoma, mast cell tumor, hemangiosarcoma, and osteosarcoma). However, this risk varies depending on the breed, age at neuter, and sex of the dog. With funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), researchers examined medical records from the University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to analyze these risks. They have created guidelines based on breed, sex, and body weight regarding when to neuter a dog in order to avoid increasing the risks of these joint disorders and cancers."
Curiously, contradicting this information, the title of the article is, "What is the Best Age to Spay/Neuter Your Dog? It Depends." It ought to be, "Evidence that Neutering has Adverse Health Effects"
There is more. From one of the links to Frontiers in Veterinary Science, there is this:
"Neutering (including spaying) of male and female dogs in the first year after birth has become routine in the U.S. and much of Europe, but recent research reveals that for some dog breeds, neutering may be associated with increased risks of debilitating joint disorders and some cancers, complicating pet owners' decisions on neutering."
From "Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence"
Indeed complicating pet owner's decisions, to put it mildly. No Basenji's in this study.
It is widely assumed in the US that one should neuter their dog. The main reason for this to my knowledge is to prevent homelessness, disease. According to the ASPCA, about 3.3 million dogs enter shelters, and 670,000 are euthanized each year. Yikes.
But if one is a responsible dog owner, and doesn't let their pet wander off, then why neuter? I think I'm the only Basenji owner in my town, so wandering shouldn't be an issue for me if there are no females. One thing is for sure, it won't hurt to wait. Once done, there's no going back.