Woody, referring to spaying and neutering in general as something for "lazy owners" would be an *extremely* biased statement. It's a pragmatic and practical action for *most* owners, IMO. It's just that this board and other working boards are not made up of "most owners;" it's made up (largely) of people who own and/or breed working-line dogs.Woody Taylor said:.....However...my dog is a family dog first, everything else second, and a dog that I cannot be with 100% of the day and a dog that spends very small chunks of time by herself in the backyard when my wife and I have to take care of our pack members who are not housebroken . So my situation is different from the experts on the board. What I dont' like are sentiments that spaying/neutering is something that's unnecessary or even just for lazy owners. I think it's a very pragmatic and practical action for many different owners to take.
Also, remember that some of the resulting issues discussed above (for example, in the canine athlete article linked) have to do with "early" spaying/neutering (under 6 months) as opposed to spaying/neutering in general. Early spaying and neutering is really a separate discussion, IMO, from whether to spay/neuter in general.