“Should I neuter my French Bulldog?”
This is one of the many common questions new owners ask when it comes to neutering their Frenchies.
My answer? Yes! You should get him fixed.
The reason being is that there are many benefits both you and your Frenchie is able to gain once you get him neutered.
One of it would be increasing the life span of your French Bulldog.
A research done by the University of Georgia in 2013 suggested that dogs that have been spayed or neutered live longer.
On the other hand, there are also a few disadvantages to neutering that you would want to know.
In this guide, I answer concerns you might have to help you decide if neutering your French Bulldog would be the right choice.
Neutering vs Spaying: The Common Misconceptions
One common misconception many new dog owners have is not knowing the difference between neutering and spaying.
Both of these terms are relatively similar but there is a difference between these two.
Neutering is the term used to remove the reproductive organ of a male dog.
There are a few reasons why many dog experts and behaviorists would recommend you to neuter your male French Bulldog.
One of those reasons would be to control unwanted behaviors both at home and outdoors.
When your Frenchie is unneutered, he will naturally look out for females to mate during mating seasons.
This is why you will often see him trying to hump on female dogs when you bring him out for walks around the neighborhood.
Spaying, on the other hand, is the term used to remove the reproductive organs of a female dog.
Just like unneutered male dogs, female dogs could also develop unwanted behavior when they are not spayed.
Especially when a female dog is in their heat cycle, it causes them to have mood swings.
The Pros And Cons Of Neutering Your French Bulldog
Apart from preventing behavioral issues, there are other reasons why you want to get your dog neutered or spayed.
Le’s take a deeper look at the pros and cons of neutering your French Bulldog.
Pros #1. Preventing Unwanted Behaviors
• Territorial Marking
In your eyes, you might see your French Bulldog as a family member or even your own child.
However, your Frenchie is still a dog and dogs are territorial animals by nature.
Often times, dogs that showcase territorial behaviors will urinate on areas or items they deem as their personal space or belonging.
The term ‘marking their territory’ is used to describe this particular behavior and this is common to see this behavior among insecure dogs.
They feel the need to do this action when they feel threatened by someones or other animals presence.
Although neutering does not stop this bad behavior permanently, it is highly recommended.
A report done by the Humane Society indicates that neutering could help decrease the chances of territorial marking.
• Dominance & Aggression
Regardless of the breed, dogs are pack animals.
And in any pack, there will be that dominant one that leads the rest of the pack.
This is not the case for every dog but your French Bulldog might be that dominant dog that is assuming the leader role in your family(the pack).
Because a dominant dog uses aggressive actions to control the pack, your Frenchie can really hurt you and your family when he takes charge.
You can prevent dominant behavior from developing by neutering your French Bulldog when they are still a puppy.
Apart from that, neutering could also deal with your Frenchie’s aggressive behavior.
One common thing that causes aggression is the frustration he has when he is not able to mate.
Getting him neutered helps by reducing his sex-related hormones.
• Sexual Behaviors
Mounting and humping are some examples of sexual behaviors your French Bulldog might display if they are not neutered.
You might experience your dog trying to mount your leg or humping on your daughter’s toys.
This behavior is embarrassing and totally unacceptable.
Neutering your French Bulldog might help diminish this mounting and humping.
Dog experts recommend owners to get it done as soon possible.
The reason is that this behavior might develop into a habit which requires additional steps to get rid completely.
In other words, your Frenchie might still mount and hump even after being neutered.
Pros #2: Reduce The Risk Of Prostate & Testicular Cancer
Prostate and testicular cancer are diseases we commonly hear among dogs.
Although it’s rare for dogs to have these diseases, it can be very serious as there is no cure for diseases.
However, neutering your French Bulldog reduces the risk of suffering from prostate and testicular cancer.
It is also recommended to get your Frenchie neutered at a young age because of the lack of testosterone.
Having low testosterone prevents prostate gland from developing.
Pros #3: Population Control
Not only in the United States but in most part of the world, overpopulation has always been an issue.
Based on ASPCA, about 670,000 dogs in the U.S get euthanized each year.
With a high number of dogs being homeless, it’s almost impossible for dog shelters and animal welfare groups to help.
Every single time a puppy is brought to this world, hundreds of dogs are either abandoned or left homeless.
You can play a part in this problem by neutering your French Bulldog
Cons #1: Weight Gain
After your French Bulldog is being neutered, there’s a high chance that you will see an increase in his weight.
The reason for this is due to the fact that neutering affects your Frenchie’s hormones and lowers down his metabolism.
And because of his weight gain, it increases future health risks like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and joint problems.
These are diseases that we typically see in overweight dogs.
However, obesity is a problem that dog owners can overcome and fix.
If you are able to manage your French Bulldog’s meal according to his weight and he is consistently getting daily exercise, this is definitely not an issue you should worry about.
Cons #2: Other Potential Health Risk
Neutering removes certain reproductive hormones that are vital for his growth and development.
It is recommended that your Frenchie reached a certain age before he is neutered.
He could suffer from hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, and bone cancer if his bones and joints are not developed properly.
Reproductive hormones also protect your French Bulldogs from aggressive cancer like Hemangiosarcoma even though it is only common among large breed dogs.
No matter the risk, you can prevent your Frenchie from suffering these illnesses.
Seek advice from your vet and ask them if it’s the right time your him to be neutered.
What Is The Best Age To Neuter Your French Bulldog
The best age to get your French Bulldog neutered is at the age of 4 to 6 months.
Below are two reasons why.
1. Before Developing Bad Habits
Just like what I mentioned earlier on in this guide, dogs that are not neutered tend to display aggression and sexual behaviors later on in their life.
To prevent this from happening, dog experts recommend that you neuter your Frenchie in his early stages of life before he starts developing these bad habits.
It is easier to prevent bad habits from developing rather than trying to stop bad habits that have already been developed.
2. His Size Do Matter
The other reason that would be taken into account is the size of your French Bulldog.
Because neutering involves risks, requirements must be met to ensure that the procedure could be carried out safely.
With the use of anesthesia, your French Bulldog needs to be at least big enough for the procedure to be safe.
To get a clear answer before neutering, I highly recommend you to visit your local vet and ask them about the risks and complications involved.
What To Expect After Neutering Your French Bulldog
After the surgery process, your vet will provide you with detailed instructions to help you with your French Bulldog’s recovery process.
Your Frenchie will be prescribed with medications depending on how the procedure was being carried out.
It should take roughly about two weeks for him to fully recover.
Your French Bulldog’s behavior and personality will go back to normal by this time.
Although there is nothing much you should worry about, there are a few things you should avoid after the surgery.
Try your best to avoid any form of exercises when your Frenchie is healing. The only time you want to bring him outdoors is during his potty time. Exercising might irritate the surgery area cause your French Bulldog neuter recovery process to be delayed.
It is also recommended that you avoid bathing your Frenchie during this period of time. You would want to keep his surgery area dry to prevent infections. If by any chance he gets dirty, Wagwalking.com has a great guide on how to bath dogs after the surgery.
You would also want to separate your Frenchie from other dogs at home. Dogs can be rough when they are playing among each other and it might affect the incision area. At the same time, you wouldn’t want your French Bulldog to play or move around too much during this time. Running and jumping around is definitely a big NO after neutering.
- To take safety precautions, call your vet if you notice any swelling on the incision area. You should also call your vet if you notice that your Frenchie is acting strangely.
It is definitely recommended that you get your French Bulldog neutered.
The best age to get your French Bulldog neutered is at the age of 4 to 6 months.
Because neutering involves risk and complications, seek your vet’s advice if you have an adult or senior dog.
Not only are there many great benefits, but researchers have also show that neutering increases the life span of dogs.
Some of the advantages of neutering include prevention of unwanted behavior.
Territorial marking and aggression are some of the behaviors you wouldn’t want your Frenchie to develop.
On the other hand, there are some disadvantages to neutering.
There is a chance that your French Bulldog might gain weight after you get him neutered which might lead to other illnesses in the future.
However, this is a problem that you can manage by providing him with proper nutrition and daily exercise.
After your Frenchie is neutered, your vet will provide you with a guide that will help you with the recovery process.
One of the things you want to avoid after his surgery is exercising during the recovery process.
At any point in time, you notice swellings on the surgery area, do not hesitate to call your vet.
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