I don't want some condescending do gooder telling me I should neuter/spay my dog just because they automatically assume I can't manager her during her heat cycles.
I consider myself an average pet owner. 1 female GSD, 2yrs old. She has already had 3 heat cycles all of which were easily managed.
I agree with this. I am am average pet owner. I will never neuter my boy (unless its a medical issue). He is never out of my sight. I never plan to breed because he is unregistered, unpapered, and unpedigreed. I will never allow a situation in which he can escape, or one where he could breed (unless he is in my house I have eyes on him at all times.)
Yes, but we don't automatically KNOW this about every new person who posts. Unfortunately, some of us see so much irresponsible pet ownership and breeding that we come to expect it from the average person; we tend to assume the worst of people in this regard. At least I do. Anyone who has worked in a rescue, ac or shelter sees the most horrible unspeakable cruelty and ignorance, becomes sensitized to it, and doesn't take anything for granted. You want to think most people are responsible and good at heart, but it's a harsh wake-up call when you see the way some people treat/mistreat/neglect their animals. A LOT of people. See it enough and you start to think that anyone is capable of it, regardless of how nice and responsible they are in other aspects of their life. Just as a groomer I can tell stories you wouldn't believe--doctors, lawyers, all walks of life can be negligent dog owners. No one gets a free pass.
I realize that all sounds horribly jaded and judgmental, but it really isn't personal. I don't care whether people keep their pets intact, as long as they don't allow any unwanted litters.
But I don't think it's wise to automatically assume that every person who posts here will be capable of that.
You, me, and the majority of folks on this forum probably can, and there are probably lots of other people out there who are, i just don't know who they are yet, and IMO it's safer to give conservative advice: Spay/neuter 6-9 months for the average pet owner who has no desire to keep an intact dog. For people who are into sport or will be working their dogs, maybe wait a little longer for optimal bone/joint development, 1-2 years. For anyone who is responsible, it's up to them when they want to spay/neuter at all.