Why should you consider spaying or neutering your Golden? What if you are interested in breeding?
Our advice to golden owners who ask this question is a whole hearted "Yes" to spaying or neutering your dog.
Breeding golden retrievers properly requires much knowledge, skill and money. Breeders that follow breeding practices endorsed
by the Golden Retriever Club of America don't make big profits from breeding.
In fact, they are fortunate to break even.
Another reason to spay or neuter your golden is to help make Rescue obsolete. There is a huge population of unwanted golden
retrievers in the State of Florida.
GRRMF has rescued nearly 3000 golden retrievers since we started operation and we still are
unable to help all the golden retrievers needing homes.
The cold hard truth is that golden retrievers die in animal shelters every day. Beautiful dogs lose their lives
because there aren't enough homes. Goldens are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. You see them everywhere on
TV - everyone thinks a golden is for them. But, as the dog matures, they decide to give their dog up for various reasons.
Many people are unprepared for the responsibilities of dog ownership or face lifestyle changes. The outcome is they
choose to give up their dogs. Why breed when so many dogs are up for adoption?
A third reason to spay or neuter your golden is to avoid the hassle of placing puppies. Good homes are hard to find.
We have seen an increase in partial litters of puppies coming into rescue because people bred their dog and found they
couldn't sell all the puppies. We can only conclude that there is an overabundance of supply and not enough demand for puppies.
In a typical year, GRRMF takes in at least two litters of golden puppies that their breeders were unable to sell
or give away.
The fourth reason to spay and neuter your dog is for health and behavior reasons. Spay and neuter reduces the risk of
mammary and testicular cancer in dogs. Neutering male dogs calms their behavior and reduces the urge to mount. Breeding
a female is risky. Are you willing to put your companion's life at stake? Females do occasionally die during the birthing
process or suffer expensive medical complications.
The best and last reason to spay and neuter is to put us out of business! We at
Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida hope that one day there will be no dogs to rescue because all golden
retrievers have loving homes.
Read "Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering" for additional information.