by Rocky KO on 11 January 2020 - 20:01
I come here for advice from more experienced people. I don't really care for that extra $500 or something that might be charged for stud service, or the profits of one pup or something. My main reason for considering breeding him is for my dog to be happier or more content during his life, or if the lack of mating is a stressor in his life, to eliminate that. Is my male dog unhappy if he does not mate since he is intact and might have that "need"?
The dog has full pedigree and a good bloodline and is bought from a reputable breeder.
by bantam7 on 12 January 2020 - 03:01
Back on topic, dogs seemingly don't abstractly think about sex (or most other things) the way humans do; the concept or trigger, i.e. the smell of a bitch in heat or the right rubbing sensation, has to be in front of them. They seem to forget or otherwise move on fairly quickly after the trigger is removed. "Living in the moment", essentially.
You sound like a thoughtful owner. Lucky dog.
by Rocky KO on 14 January 2020 - 03:01
Thank you for the thorough reply and the kind words. That definitely puts me more at ease in the case that I do not breed him. Still, I cant help but to think that procreation is a natural instinct and would make an animal feel more content/fulfilled. No one would want to die a virgin lol, right? Maybe i'll just fish around for potential qualified healthy females near my area and see if anyone is interested.
Afterall, look at this handsome boy
by Hundmutter on 14 January 2020 - 05:01
Well yes, he is very handsome if the viewer is a person, and one who likes the type of dog; but it isn't clear that this is what a bitch sees when she looks at a male dog for a potential mate, she might not find him irrisistable at all. So I don't believe you should even jokingly be thinking about your question in those terms.
What Bantam said above is absolutely correct in my experience of keeping many neutered and unneutered males. [And thanks Bantam for your kind words about UK dogs & dog-keeping in general :-) ] We also need to remember that allowing him to 'lose his virginity' is much more interesting a concept for humans than for the way dogs' minds work; and that a mating would probably result in pups. Pups are hard work, especially for the bitch owner, and they have to be found suitable buyers, so it is way more complicated than just letting him experience sexual activity. And for my money he IS more likely to miss it, at least a bit, more, if he has a fully completed & satisfied encounter but is thereafter denied further adventures.
OTOH castration would not necessarily stop you feeling your dog was 'missing out' since it does not stop some males wanting to 'go thru the motions' of mating; I currently have a (long ago) neutered male GSD who constantly tries to 'hump' the (also neutered) little bitches who live on either side of me, one in particular of which he seems especially fond !
by ZweiGSD on 14 January 2020 - 09:01
I have only had one male GSD (I prefer females) but he lived to the age of 14. He was intact but was never bred even though he was around females in heat. From what I could tell he was a very happy dog and enjoyed his work in obedience, narcotics and bitework. He was also included in all family activities.
Most intact dogs I have known have never been bred but they do not seem any less happy than dogs that have.
by Rocky KO on 14 January 2020 - 16:01
That last point about missing it more after experiencing it versus never having experienced it is the biggest concern for me as I've thought the same thing when considering mating him.
by Hundmutter on 15 January 2020 - 03:01
by apple on 15 January 2020 - 06:01
by astrovan2487 on 15 January 2020 - 07:01
There are many, many, many good looking, well bred, titled, health tested males that will never be bred and are most likely just as happy as the dogs that are studs. No ethical owner that has the best interests of the breed in mind is going to want to breed their female to your male for the reasons you listed.
Unless your male is constantly around females in heat i doubt not mating him will make him any more stressed or unhappy than if you mated him.
by Koots on 15 January 2020 - 08:01