I’m a dedicated Jack Russell lover who’s trained, hand-raised, bred and
bought Jack Russells.
Here are six good reasons to have your Jack Russell spayed or neutered.
There’s a lot of controversy when it comes to the subject of neutering
animals. Many dog owners think that they should have a right to breed their
pets if they so desire, or that neutering pets is somehow going against
nature. In fact, neutering is good for both your pet and society in general.
Neutered Jack Russells are generally less aggressive and show fewer behavioral
problems, they are less likely to escape from your home to go roaming, and
they are less likely to develop certain cancers—these are a few great reasons
to have your dog neutered as soon as physically possible. Here are some more!
1. Neutering and Spaying Helps Prevent Dog Overpopulation
In some parts of the world, Jack Russells are put down almost immediately when
they enter pounds because there are simply too many Jack Russell strays.
Millions of dogs are put down every year. There are simply too many dogs in
the world, and breeding dogs without professional know-how is only going to
add to this problem. This is closely related to the next benefit of neutering
a Jack Russell.
2. Neutered Dogs Are Less Likely to Stray . . .
Jack Russells are notorious for escaping from even the most dog-tight
backyards. Usually, this is because they are searching for a mate. Male dogs
can pick up the smell of a female in heat from over a mile away. When a dog
picks up that scent, it doesn’t make a difference how happy he is at home or
how well you treat him—he will be out of there as soon as he gets a chance.
Ever noticed that your male Jack Russell has been particularly hyper for no
apparent reason? This may be why. The situation is the same for females. When
they come into heat, they become possessed. All they can think about is
finding a mate, and they will also try to escape to find one.
3. . . . Which Makes Them Less Likely to Get Hit by a Car
Consider this statistic: 80% of dogs killed in car accidents are unneutered
males. Combine this with another fact: The leading cause of death for Jack
Russells is being hit by a car. When you consider these facts, I’m sure you
can see why having your Jack Russell neutered is a great idea.
4. Neutered Dogs Are Less Likely to Die of Cancer
In males, neutering can greatly reduce the risk of prostate and testicular
cancer. In females, the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer is virtually
eliminated. On average, dogs that are neutered live longer than dogs that
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5. Neutering Can Reduce Aggression Problems
This is particularly noticeable in male Jack Russells. Neutering significantly
lowers the hormones that cause aggression in dogs, so having your Jack Russell
neutered can prevent or reduce problems such as biting and protectiveness over
food and toys.
6. You Won’t Have to Deal With the Annoying Heat Cycle
For a female dog, when she is going through heat, she will be showing her
vulva to anyone and everyone who will take a look. If you’re not careful, you
may end up with an unwanted litter of Pug Jack Russells on your hands! In many
places, it’s illegal to take your dog into public places when she’s in heat. A
Jack Russell that can’t go for a walk for three weeks while she’s in heat
becomes one very hyperactive dog.
Not Comfortable With Surgical Neutering?
There is another option these days if you don’t want to have your dog
irreversibly neutered. Chemical castration is a temporary solution that
doesn’t alter the dog’s physicality permanently. It can be reversed if needed.
This is ideal if you have a dog that you may want to show at some point in the
future, but be aware that there are risks involved with chemical castration.
Please seek more information from a veterinarian if you want to consider this
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It
is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription,
or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.
Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a
Peter on December 12, 2018:
Hey No balls no life…they are talking about your dog not you!
vvv on May 20, 2011:
no full life with no balls
donnieh from Cape Town, South Africa on February 25, 2011:
I had my JRT neutered as soon as he was old enough to have to done and he
still got hit by a car. Because of his playful nature, he wanted to escape
constantly and play with other dogs. He survived though and lives a full life.