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Is breeding harmful?

I have been asked a buddy of mine if he could use my dog as a stud. But them I was told that it will cause harm to your dog if you don't continue to use him for that. They said it causes some kind of anal problems. Does anybody know if this is true? I was cosidering getting him fixed but if he could breed and not be harmed by it, then I would maybe re-consider.

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All dogs should be fixed... We don't need anymore new dogs at this point in time... Animal shelters are overflowing with dogs... Please fix your doggy :)

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yes, to amy's post. each dog that is bred is one more dog in the shelter that becomes euthanized.

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I have no idea if it is harmful to your individual pet but, as amymylove and little2ant have said, it is harmful to the other homeless animals in the world. 

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

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I agree with spaying or neutering your dog.  Dog breeding is cruel and not just for homeless pets. Most breeders drown or otherwise kill extra or undesirable puppies to keep the prices up.  Also, forcing an animal to continue to breed causes hormonal and reproductive organ problems later in life.  It can shorten your dog's life.

We always fixed our cats, dogs and rabbits.  They enjoyed healthy long lives.

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Personally, I think you should fix your dog.  He'll be more content that way.  I don't know about the anal damage though.

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Don't breed and buy whilst shelter animals die. Make sure you get him neutered and educate your friend on why breeding animals is wrong in most cases (helping an dying species is different)

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5 MILLION animals are put to sleep in "shelters" every year, so yes, breeding is very harmful, it is creating more animals - for every dog that is "bred" another one has to die, waiting for a home. And if you think being a "pure bred" will mean that this dog won't end up in a shelter, think again. LOTS of "pure breds" end up in shelters. Breeding is totally irresponsible in my opinion, while we kill millions every year for no reason, other than that there are too many.

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Neutering should not affect the anal region, because they are innervated by separate branches of nerves. The innervation of the testes comes from T10-L2 of the spine (around where the ribs end), whereas anal innervation comes from the sacral region (around the pelvis). Neutering involves cutting out of the testes at the level of the vas deferens, no further into the abdomen.

While they used to think that castration reduced the risk of prostate tumors, it looks like now there's either the same risk, or even in some cases, an increased risk. Of course, the risk of testicular cancers is taken away by cutting off the testicles : ) But, testicular cancer is often benign for doggies (not always).
I think most of the risk of breeding lies with the bitch, not the male dog. Still, male dogs can get STDs and UTIs as well.

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I don't think breeding animals is always bad, but it should be left to people with a LOT of experience. Basically, and I don't mean to be rude, if you don't know that answers to your questions you shouldn't be breeding. Plus, there are so many more questions. How old is your dog? Does he have good temperament and structure? Did his parents? Things like that. Breeding will not harm a healthy dog. However, in the long run it's no good for other dogs. If your dog is healthy and old enough, neuter him. Neutering will also cut his risks of testicular cancer to nearly zero.

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As other people have pointed out, shelters are overflowing with dogs, so why make more?  To preserve/better a breed.  How do you do this?  Not by breeding any random dog.  Your dog should be judged to have proper conformation, and extensively health tested, which includes x-raying their joints to try and decrease the chances of hip/elbow dysplasia (http://www.offa.org/ http://research.vet.upenn.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.vet.upenn.edu/pennhip) as well as their eyes (http://www.vmdb.org/cerf.html) and various other things, such as breed specific genetic diseases and STD's.

Here is a good site:  http://www.learntobreed.com/

In short, I don't think you should breed your dog, and I think your friend sounds like a BYB (http://boxermap.com/reputablebreeder.html).  You don't HAVE to neuter, but you do have to be responsible if you leave him intact.

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