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Will my Shepherd lose his "bite"?

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Posted about 4 years ago

 

I have a full blooded German Shepherd, over 4 years old, that is not an officer, just a great home protector. I also have a Rot- Lab mix that is as big as a small horse, going on 2. Lately my Shepherd has been really irritable, low growling and bristling, towards my other dogs, esp the Rot. And more noticeably when the other dogs want to hit the food bowl.


My wife wants to take him to have him neutered, figuring this is probably the reason. Me not so much. She's worried since we have a new granddaughter that will be crawling in about three months, and agreeably, definitely don't want her getting snapped at.


My worry, hence my question here.......will my home protector lose his sense to protect, or at least will it not be as intense? This is my first exposure with male dogs, I've always had females before due to my ex-wife not willing to tolerate the spraying/ marking territory issue.


Anybody have an answer for me?


Thank you much in advance,


R. Myers, EMT-P

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

most bites will come from intact dogs. Having him nuetered might help, but he might get a reverse hormone kind of result that will make him worse for awhile. I would talk to my vet, but I think its definitely something you should strongly consdier. I have a rott that is a alpha with a prey drive that is off the charts, and it helped him. He is still a fighter, and will bite, but it helped take the edge off.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

neutering an adult male dog is not really going to have that much of an impact on aggression. If the dog is being aggressive, it's not his "nuts" making him that way. If the dog isn't suitable for breeding stock, it's probably a good idea to have him neutered anyway, but don't expect that to have much of an impact on his aggression.


 


 


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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

I've had two male service dogs who were nuetered after working the streets for awile. Neither showed any signs of losing any aggressiveness. In fact you could not tell the difference. Still sniffed and marked like they were still intact. Good luck.