Neutering a male Border Collie does come with some side effects but they are minimal compared to the benefits. It will also prevent unwanted mating between dogs, which is a good thing considering the overpopulation of dogs.
Neutering Physical Impacts
- Prevents Testicular Cancer – For obvious reasons, your neutered male will not be able to get testicular cancer.
- Prostate Problems – While neutering doesn’t completely eliminate all prostate problems, it does reduce the chances of enlargements and infection of the prostate.
- Increased risk of developing Hypothyroidism – Neutering can increase the chances of the dog developing thyroid problems. This is a condition where the thyroid gland, which controls the thyroid hormone levels, stops functioning properly.
- Border Collie growing taller – This only happens when the dog is neutered at an early age. The earlier the dog has been neutered, the more noticeable the effects will be.
Neutering Impact on Behavior
Neutering will probably have a more noticeable effect on your dog’s behavior. This is because Border Collies that are not neutered have testosterone flowing through them which makes them more aggressive and dominant.
- No more territory marking – Your dog will not have the need to mark the territory anymore. Although if the dog has been marking territory for long time and is neutered, he still might continue to do so out of habit.
- Less aggressive behavior – Your dog is less likely to have the need to show his dominant and aggressive behavior. However this is not a guarantee.
- Mounting and Humping – Your Border Collie will be less likely to mount people of things because he won’t have the urge to do it anymore.
Is it Worth to Neuter my Border Collie?
The answer is almost always yes. There are certain health benefits to neutering your Border Collie but it is better that you don’t do it before the puppy is 5 months old. There is some evidence that suggested that puppies neutered too early are more likely to develop hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament rupture.
Also don’t expect neutering to solve your dog’s behavior problems. While the process does reduce the chances of the dog to be aggressive, your dog can still have the same behavior problems as before. The better option to deal with such behavior is through proper training.
If you want to learn how to cure even some of the worst Border Collie behavior problems and the exact things you need for a happy, healthy and obedient dog, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide.