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This page has been created in an attempt to address concerns surrounding male puppies. Often times we hear our new puppy owners state that they are not interested in a male puppy because of all the problems they heard about. When asked, "what problems" the overwhelming majority of concerns has to do with the males "marking of territory" by lifting their leg and spraying an object with urine.

Fact Dogs are territorial animals!
Fact Dogs are pack animals and at the core of pack life is a system of rank order. One male and one female will establish a dominant leadership role.
Fact Once a male gets old enough, he will attempt to gain the dominant leadership role and stake his claims to his new territory.

The territory is already established for the puppy - it is our home where the puppy lives. Once the male puppy gets old enough, his natural instinct will then be to gain control of the dominant role and then to mark his territory. If there are no other pets or just one or two others, he could move to this position very quickly and begin the undesired behavior.

Unless you are planning to show the puppy, the absolute best way to address the problem is to neuter the male puppy early in his life before nature kicks in. By neutering the male puppy, you eliminate the need to establish dominance and thus remove the need to "make his mark".

Fact Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment rather than by sex hormones.
Fact Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

Over time we have noticed that male puppies squat to urinate just like female puppies do. They continue this behavior until they reach the point in their lives where they begin to explore their role as leader. If you neuter the puppy before he ever begins to hike his legs, he will very likely continue to squat for the rest of his life. If he ever begins to hike his leg and mark his territory, he will establish a habit that will be hard to break - neuter them while they are still puppies.

Male puppies make great pets! In fact there are many people who believe males make better pets than female puppies. We believe both male and female puppies make great pets and encourage you to spay or neuter any pet you get.

Some other facts about spaying and neutering pets:

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering makes dogs less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a dog eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

Remember - both males and females make great pets and once a male is neutered - he will generally loose his need to mark his territory.