Other Threads You May Find Helpful The Forum RecommendsGeneral information on neutering and Information about castration I know topic been done to death but just interested in members views on castration. I have had labs most of my life and only with our last lab did I castrate. He simply was chasing bitches like I never have seen before. The vet, interestingly, wasn't convinced castrating would help but it worked instantly and to be honest his already good behaviour became really even easier for us living in fairly populated dog area - south coast UK. We now have a great successor to him, Archie, who is now 16 months. He has the gentlest temperament, great on recall etc. He is a family pet from working strain. Basically most days he is at family home or with the hundreds of other dogs in the local park - each one it appears with the prerequisite ball and unwilling to play with anyone else. Archie is recently definitely sniffing scents with great interest and air scenting. He isn't dashing off but sometimes is choosing not to immediately come on recall, preferring to sniff out grass or any nearby bitches first. Really isn't a great problem. However, it is clear there are two schools of thought on neutering. One of the elder respected local dog trainers suggests neutering when reaches full maturity and when I have mentioned reasons not to her response was, "I've heard it all before". I am not planning to neuter unless good reason to BUT I do feel as an intact dog there is ? greater chance of him been "beaten up" by less nice intact dogs plus other associated issues. I'm also after some assurance that this noticeable increased interest in sex is likely to subside with maturity. Because, if not, I do wonder if there is a place for neutering. I know leaving him is definitely, medically, in his best interest, like raw feeding probably is, but I do wonder if, unfortunately for him, it is sometimes in the owners best interest to neuter?