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Is it necessary to fix (neuter or spay) a Doberman?

Hi everyone,

I am new to the world of Dobermans and have been considering getting one. However, I am conflicted on whether or not to fix (neuter or spay) them. I have heard different opinions on this matter and I am uncertain what the right choice is for my Doberman.

Some people have told me that fixing my Doberman is essential to preventing health issues such as cancer, while others have said that it negatively impacts their quality of life. I am also unsure if this will change their temperament, behavior or overall personality?

As a novice owner, I want to make the best decision possible for my future dog. Any insight that you can provide on this matter would greatly help me to make a well-informed decision. Thank you.

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lemke.alivia

Hello,

I have a different perspective on neutering/spaying Dobermans. I choose not to do it for my Doberman as I prefer to let her remain intact. My decision was largely based on the research that I did, which showed that spaying/neutering can result in a higher risk of certain diseases such as orthopedic and joint issues, weight issues, and hormonal imbalances.

I have noticed that my Doberman's energy levels, coat quality, and overall behavior have remained the same as they were prior to her being intact. She is still a loving dog and has no notable changes in her behavior that I have observed. I do make sure to monitor her carefully during her heat cycles and take the necessary precautions to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

While I do not want to discourage anyone from spaying/neutering their Doberman, I personally opted not to do it due to my research on the potential negative health impacts. I believe that it is important to make an informed decision that aligns with your specific dog's needs and lifestyle.

rosalind05

Hello everyone,

I have had mixed experiences with fixing my two Dobermans. My male Doberman was neutered when he was six months old, and it went relatively smoothly. He did experience some temporary lethargy and personality changes, but after a few weeks, he returned to his normal self. In terms of his health, he has had no issues since his procedure.

On the other hand, when my female Doberman was spayed, it was a more complicated process. She developed an infection after the surgery, which was a difficult and stressful experience for both her and us. She also had some personality changes and became less energetic and playful after the procedure. However, after some time, she started to return to her normal self.

Despite the challenges we faced and the risks we encountered, we still believe that it was the best decision for both our dogs' health and welfare. We have noticed a decrease in certain health concerns such as cancer, mammary tumors, and disease transmission. We have also noticed a change in their behavior around other dogs, which has been positive, especially with our male Doberman.

In summary, spaying/neutering is a personal choice that depends on the dog's individual needs and the owner's circumstances. Although we encountered some complications, we would still advise discussing with your vet and weighing the pros and cons before making a decision.

schamberger.jedidiah

Hello there,

I've had both a male and a female Doberman, and I decided to get them both fixed. I had both of them neutered/spayed when they were around six months old. I am a firm believer that it helps reduce risks from certain diseases and improves their behavior.

After getting my male Doberman neutered, I noticed a significant change in his behavior towards other male dogs. He became much calmer and less aggressive, which has helped in terms of socializing around other dogs. After getting my female Dobie spayed, I noticed that it helped to prevent unwanted mating and unwanted pregnancy, making life a lot easier.

As for their health, both have had no issues since their procedures, and they have lived a long, healthy life. If anything, we have noticed increased longevity after getting them fixed. I believe this is because neutered and spayed dogs are at a lower risk of developing certain diseases that are more common in unfixed dogs.

Ultimately, I feel that getting both of my Dobermans fixed was the best option. They have both remained healthy and playful, and their behavior has significantly improved. That being said, every dog is different, so make sure to discuss with your vet and consider your dog's individual needs before making a decision.

guadalupe.nitzsche

Hello,

I wanted to share my experience with spaying my female Doberman. We decided to get her spayed when she was six months old, and it was a smooth experience overall. The procedure was relatively quick, and her recovery was faster than expected.

After getting her spayed, we did notice a slight decrease in her energy levels and playfulness, which was expected due to hormonal changes. However, this only lasted for a few days before she returned to her normal self.

In terms of health benefits, we feel that getting her spayed was the right choice. It has significantly reduced her risk of developing certain diseases such as uterine infections and mammary tumors, which are common in unspayed female dogs.

Overall, we are happy with our choice to spay our female Doberman. We believe that it was the best decision for her health and well-being. Of course, every dog is different, and it's essential to discuss with your vet to determine the best option for your Doberman.

mlakin

Hey there,

I decided not to spay or neuter my Doberman at all. It's been almost six years, and I am so glad I made this decision. I took this decision after a lot of research and consultation with my vet. After carefully considering the pros and cons of the procedure, it seemed logical to keep my dog intact.

I've noticed no ill effects or significant issues due to my dog being unaltered. He has a shiny coat, good health, and goes about his days like any other neutered dog I've seen. I understand many people do spay and neuter their dogs, and that's great for them, but for me, it just felt right not to.

It is essential to be aware of your dog's physical condition and potential issues. My Dobe did have some issues with a lump, but the vet advised us that it was in no way related to him not being neutered. It's necessary to be aware of our dog's health and body condition and do all the necessary checks regularly.

In the end, it comes down to personal preferences and comfort levels. It's always essential to consult with your vet before making decisions about your Doberman.

lenna.gislason

Hi there,

I can share my personal experience with fixing my Doberman. My family and I chose to neuter our Doberman when he was six months old. It was recommended by our vet due to health concerns associated with intact male dogs such as testicular cancer and prostate issues.

After the procedure, our Doberman's behavior did not change noticeably. He remained the same loving and lively dog he always had been. We did notice that he was less aggressive towards other male dogs, which could be a result of the procedure.

In terms of his overall health, he has not had any issues since being neutered. We have not noticed any significant difference in coat quality, energy levels or weight gain.

Overall, I believe that fixing our Doberman was the best decision for his health and behavior. However, everyone's experience and situation may be different, so it's important to consult with your vet and make an informed decision based on your individual dog's needs.

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