Having a litter will help her grow up…………….False.

Raising a litter of puppies will not change her personality. She may not even be a good mother, or she may need emergency medical attention, such as a Caesarean section. In fact, spayed dogs usually make better pets.


It will change his temperament…………………..True and False.

Neutering the male dog at an early age will help him be less aggressive regarding his “territory”. He will also not be tempted to follow the scent of any female in heat in your neighborhood. Early neutering will also help in house-breaking and training by decreasing the incidence of urine marking for territorial reasons. An added benefit is a decrease in the chance of prostatic cancer. But it won’t turn your dog into a “wimp”, and he’ll never know what’s missing!

It will reduce her risk of breast cancer…………………..True.

If spayed before her first heat (about six months), her risk of developing breast tumors is substantially reduced. Mammary cancer is the number one malignancy of the older female dog. Surgery in the immature female is less prone to complications. Spaying totally eliminates the possibility of ovarian or uterine cancers.

It is commonly believed that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  One should not confuse the word “Trick” which is associated with the “Circus”. This is in fact untrue, you can teach an old dog obedience, but it will take some time, so if you have chosen an adult from a rescue shelter be prepared to show a great deal of patience and love.

Many believe that it is good for all members of the family to train a dog. This is untrue and will cause confusion to the dog. Every member of the family will have their own ideas. It has been found that it is better that a dog should attend training sessions with only one member of the family. As that person returns from a training class he can demonstrate this to the members of the family.

Most people believe that one year of a dog’s age is equal to 7 human years. Again this is untrue. At three months of age the dog is 5 in human years. At 1 year he is like a 15year old, 2 years would be 24 years and for those wondering 4=32yrs  6=40yrs  8=48yrs 10=56yrs  12=64yrs  14 =72yrs.

Very often one hears “My dog only understands English, French, or Spanish etc” this must be true! Well again this is false a dog cannot speak or understand a language. Our dogs are unable to form ideas and therefore have no conception of orders, obedience, duty, guilt, or blame. It is the tone of voice and your body language that they understand.

Do dogs do have a sixth sense? Yes, but not in the way that is generally envisaged. Dogs are capable of predicting earthquakes and thunderstorms due to their sensitivity. This sensitivity is a response to changes in barometric pressure and also possibly to alterations in the level of static electricity. A dogs nose is 250 million times more effective than the human nose.

Is it true that the police and customs give their dogs drugs to make them identify drugs?  This is not true; the art of tracking and using their nose is all done in play. A very small amount of drugs are used to enable the dog to get to know the odour.  Police and customs dogs are likely to consume illicit drugs. Cannabis is the most common poison and half of the cases of cannabis poisoning in the UK last year involved sniffer dogs. The dogs are trained to sniff the drugs but sometimes they eat them too according to the Veterinary Poisons Information Service.

The average life expectancy of cats is 8 years old.  False. According to Peter Neville a leading feline behaviourists in his book Claws and Paws a cat will have an average life expectancy of 12 years if it survives the first year( Half born do not). Currently 27 per cent of all UK cats are under 2 years of age and 75 per cent are under 8 years, only  6% are presently over 14 years old.

Finally is it true that a dog with a pedigree certificate is a mark of quality? The short simple answer is no. A pedigree certificate is only a piece of paper to show that a dog is registered with a Kennel Club. This piece of paper does not guarantee that the dog is up to any show standard, or that it is healthy or will have a good temperament. Best to contact The Kennel Club and get a list of registered breeders. That is one way of getting a quality dog, which you will not find in any pet shops.

I plan on making enough money to recoup my investment in this dog.

Experienced breeders will tell you that they often lose money due to stud fees, veterinary care, food, advertising, and time spent caring for the mother and litter. They all place enormous demands on your resources. Responsible breeders spend a lifetime learning about the bloodlines, genetics, and history of their breed. And this still doesn’t guarantee a market for the puppies.


It will make my dog lazy and fat……………………………False.

Overeating and lack of exercise make a dog fat, not missing hormones.

My dog is  Pedigree-registered and ought to be bred……..False.

Pedigree registration is not an indication of quality, and neither is the presence of champions in the pedigree. Very few dogs have the outstanding qualities necessary for breeding. Each puppy you produce should be an improvement over the parents. You may feel your dog is perfect, but is it a model for the future of the breed? Read the standard for your breed, and show your dog in competition to see how it measures up to others. Research the common health problems in your breed and discuss testing for genetic defects with your veterinarian.


Dogs recover from spaying or neutering in about a week, with minimal discomfort. Speak with your veterinarian about your concerns and the benefits described above.

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