Glenbern Golden Retri​evers

Myths About Intact Male Golden Retrievers

Myth #1: They pee in your house. Not true. None of my intact dogs pee in my house or anyone else’s. 

Myth #2: Fight with other males.This is not true, actually the opposite, most intact males get along better with other dogs than neutered boys, at least in the golden retriever breed. Although if you like to go to dog parks an intact boy might not be for you.  It is not the intact boys that are the issue it is the neutered boys that tend to go after the intact boys.  I suspect because they smell different.

Myth #3: They roam. If left unattended outside, and a female is in heat, they might roam. Any dog, whether intact or neutered, should not be left outside unattended. 

Myth #4: Mounting people. Not once have my dogs mounted me or any other human.  I have other intact boys that live in pet homes that have not done this either. I have seen neutered dogs mounting people. This is a training issue. I have intact boys living in my house and none of them pee in my house, mount me or fight. This includes the times the males are around intact girls that go through heat cycles. There are some great benefits to keeping male dogs intact for the duration of their lives, such as a reduction in the likelihood of being diagnosed with some types of cancers. 

For more information, please see this article:Spay/Neuter Considerations, written by Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CC, CCRT, CBSMT, CBA.

Are There Behaviour Changes When Dogs Are Spayed Or Neutered , article by Dr.Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC

Neutering Causes Behaviour Problems in Males, article by Dr. Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC