Many people are concerned with the question of when to spay their Havanese. Not only that I will explore with you on this topic, I will also talk about why you should or should not have your Havanese neutered.
Three to Nine Month Old is the Right Time to Spay
Before we talk about whether your should spay your Havanese or not, let me just give you a straight forward answer on the optimal age to do it. The perfect time for your Havanese to get spayed is at three-month-old to nine-month-old. In fact, this mark is roughly right for most dogs. You have to understanding that doing it too early or too soon can both cause problems. By doing it too soon, it can cause health issues and affect the growth of your Havanese puppy. By doing it too late, you simply will see your Havanese pee on everything. The problem is solved when they are neutered. There are a few more problems that you can solve by having them neutered which I will talk about later in this blog post. Some vets would recommend you to do it at three month and some would recommend nine months. Even at this current moment, there is no perfect answer for this. You can only count on your vet but, generally speaking, between 3 to 9 months is reasonable.
Should I Get my Havanese Neutered?
Whether to have your Havanese neutered or not is a slightly more complicated question than it may seem. To answer this question, we can actually look at it from a few different angles.
Neuter for Population Control
Do you know that there are government policies in different countries that control the population growth of the country? That doesn’t only happen in the past. There are still countries like China that allows only 1 child per family. (I am not sure if it has been loosen yet but that’s the policy that I have seen from the news just a few short years ago.) Population control is important in the world of Havanese and other dogs too. I would argue that it’s even worse to have too many dogs than to have too many people. People are smart and greedy enough to have enough resource for themselves. Too many dogs simply mean too many dogs that are not going to have owners and wander on the street.
Having Your Male Havanese Spayed Can Avoid of Their Crazy Behaviors
When it is the reproduction season, you Havanese will simply trace every female dog if he is not spayed. He will find a way to get out of your home. That can mean running out of the house before your door is completely close when you leave home or go through a crack at your backyard during playtime. Yes, he can be very very creative. He will go out if he senses (smells) that there is a female dog within a few miles. You can try your best to stop him but there are times when he can outsmart you. There is a good chance that you will very soon become a grandparent if you let your Havanese leave the house.
Unspayed Male Havanese is Aggressive to Other Male Dogs
Needless to say, it is animal instinct to fight with others to get what we want. We, human, have that part of animal instinct in us too but luckily we also have other parts of our brains to provide us with rational thinking and control. Your Havanese do not though. It’s too natural for your Havanese is an enemy and an obstacle that reduces his chance to get the lady he wants. They simply get into fights and it is really annoying to the owners and it can also cause them injuries.
Unneutered Havanese Pees Everywhere
Back in the old days, I think that having your Havanese or your dogs pees anytime and anywhere he wants is not a big problem. They do live outside of the house most of the time anyway. There were only farms and roads and peeing on them is no big deal. As our culture and cities grow, Havanese and other dogs have not evolved in a way to prevent them from peeing inside the buildings. Fortunately, having them neutered can almost stop this annoying behavior of them right away.
Reducing Chances or Health Problems
Having your Havanese spayed means getting some of their body parts removed. In the case of a male Havanese, it is the testicles that are removed. By getting them removed, your Havanese simply cannot have testicle cancer. Not only that, your Havanese will also have a much lower chance of having a few different types of dangerous health issues.
All Female Havanese Should Get Neutered While Not All Male Should
For a female Havanese, it is too much trouble to not get neutered. Imagine the amount of male dogs that can bother her during the reproduction season. So, just get them neutered at the right age. On the other hand, there are some arguments supports a male Havanese to not get neutered. Let’s take a look at the reasons.
Male Havanese Put On Weight After Neutered
A neutered male Havanese has a tendency to put on more weight. Don’t underestimate this issue as Havanese generally has joint problems that can easily be triggered when they are overweight. What you get do as the owner is to provide more exercise and make their diet more healthy after they get neutered to balance things out.
Higher Chance of Cancer for Neutered Havanese
Although testicle cancers and related sickness are prevented by having your Havanese spayed, there are recent studies that show there are other types of cancers that tend to have a higher chance of happening to a neutered Havanese. It’s really tough to know whether, overall, having your Havanese neutered make your Havanese healthy or the opposite, it is worth nothing that the old belief of having your Havanese means a healthier life is currently being challenged.