Should I Spay Or Neuter My Bull Terrier?

Should you spay or neuter your Bull Terrier? This is a common question many pet parents ask.

As the responsible Bull Terrier owner, you have the right to decide whether or not to have your dog sterilized.

A very important factor in the Bull Terrier temperament is whether or not they have been fixed. When Bull Terriers are not spayed or neutered, their instincts can be amplified. Intact dogs require extra supervision to prevent escape attempts and unplanned pregnancies.

Spaying or neutering Bull Terriers

Hormones play a huge role in the physical and behavioral characteristics of a Bull Terrier and are different for each gender. Many of the biological differences between Bull Terrier boys and girls are tied to their reproductive hormones.

Non-spayed Female Bull Terriers

Female Bull Terriers that have not been spayed can have issues that are harder to deal with. Not fixing her means she will go through a regular heat cycle. This can cause behavioral problems and physical variances. Below are some of the things non-spayed Bull Terrier girls will go through.

  • A Bull Terrier female usually has a bloody discharge during her heat cycle that attracts male dogs. The discharge is usually messy and the amount varies depending on the female. 
  • Female Bull Terriers are likely to experience some pain and cramping during the heat cycle.
  • Female Bull Terriers might experience mood swings and exhibit anxious behavior during heat cycles. They might exhibit anxious behavior, low tolerance to being touched, and withdrawal.
  • During a heat cycle, female Bull Terriers shed more than usual.

Non-neutered Male Bull Terriers

Non-neutered male Bull Terriers have their own set of personality characteristics. Here are some of the most common traits:

  • Once an intact male Bull Terrier reaches sexual maturity, he will feel the need to mark their territory. He will do this by urinating a small amount on different items.
  • Male Bull Terriers will have the urge to hump or will start to lift their leg to urinate.
  • A non-neutered male Bull Terrier will look for ways to mate and can even smell a female dog in heat 3 miles away. That being said, you may not be able to see the reason why your Bull Terrier abruptly gets anxious or wants to take off.
  • The increased hormones might lead to behavioral changes such as aggression.

Reasons why you should spay or neuter your Bull Terrier 

Spaying or neutering will benefit your Bull Terrier medically and behaviorally. Whether you are doing it for the greater good or for the good of your Bull Terrier, spaying or neutering your pet has many advantages.

  • Increases your Bull Terrier's chances for longer, healthier life

Neutering your male Bull Terrier eliminates his risk of testicular cancer. Spaying your female Bull Terrier slashes her risk of mammary cancer, which is fatal in many dogs.

  • Limits overpopulation:

Millions of animals end up in shelters every year. Spaying and neutering limit the overpopulation of dogs. This will help decrease the number of animals in need of shelter. 

No family wants to cope with an unwanted pregnancy. Spaying prevents your Bull Terrier from giving birth to unwanted puppies.

  • A better pet for the family

Unaltered Bull Terriers often exhibit temperament problems more than those that have been spayed or neutered. Spayed and neutered Bull Terriers are less likely to bite. Also, spayed and neutered Bull Terriers are less likely to roam, breed, and fight.

Spaying your female Bull Terrier prevents yowling, crying, and erratic behavior. Neutering your male Bull Terrier reduces inappropriate behaviors, such as roaming to find a mate, marking inside your home, and fighting with other males. Neutered Bull Terrier boys rarely exhibit behavior such as humping, marking, or lifting of legs.

  • Spaying results in a cleaner home

Spaying your female Bull Terrier prevents heat cycles and bloody vaginal discharge. You'll no longer have carpet stains in your home.

When it is acceptable not to spay or neuter

If you're still confused about spaying or neutering your Bull Terrier, it's not your fault. You should make a more informed decision about what’s best for your beloved Bull Terrier. You need to talk it over with their veterinarian. Here are some situations where you need to keep your animal intact.

  • You and your vet have decided to delay neutering and spaying due to medical reasons.
  • Your Bull Terrier has a health condition that makes surgery too high of a risk.
  • Your Bull Terrier meets the ideal breed standard, has valid breeding records, and is part of a professional breeding program.

When should you have your Bull Terrier spayed or neutered?

You should have your male Bull Terrier neutered after he has reached the age of puberty. If you do not neuter your male Bull Terrier before eight months of age, he is likely to start marking his territory.

For female Bull Terriers, there is no dead set answer as to when you should have them spayed. Many vets and dog experts recommend spaying before the first heat. Remember that Female Bull Terriers should be spayed between seasons and not during them.

Neutering and spaying your Bull Terrier will also ensure that your pet is on its best behavior at all times.

Female Bull Terriers can reproduce as young as four months old, and male Bull Terriers can as of six months. Vets typically suggest that you should have your Bull Terrier spayed or neutered between the ages of four and nine months. We would recommend consulting your vet for a personalized viewpoint.

Final thoughts

Deciding on spaying and neutering your Bull Terrier pup is a personal decision. Having your pet spayed or neutered improves their life significantly. Spaying female Bull Terriers reduces the occurrence of tumors and uterine infections. Neutering a male Bull Terrier prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems. 

Furthermore, when your Bull Terrier is fixed, they lose the urge to escape outdoors for mating. Spaying and neutering help reduce the number of unwanted puppies as well. 

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