Freestep can you clarify this statement?
Do you mean easier for a professional groomer to groom? Or easier for an owner to groom?
I'm guessing because their are no testicles, so easier for both? I have a long coated, THICK coated mixed dog that is neutered and thank heavens because when I do his sani-trim I am literally just poking my scissors into gobs of fur and cutting (once I get the majority of the hair off, then I clean it up and brush). There's no way I could trim him the same way if he were not neutered. I would have castrated him the first time!
All of my males have stock coats (Husky, GS and Chi/Pom mix), and I have never had a problem grooming them intact or not, so I just thought it was a wierd statement.
Then I thought, maybe for professional groomers? But then show dogs are always intact, and there doesn't seem to be any issues there. And for my personal dog, he did all his health testing with no sedation, so he would definitely accept a groomer handling. But maybe most intact dogs don't behave at the groomers??
Yes. The intact dogs that I see are generally more difficult to handle, as a professional groomer. No one around here has intact dogs that are also trained to a high level like a show dog or SchH dog would be--they are generally either backyard breeders, or people who "don't believe" in neutering for whatever reason--but the point is, if they don't *train* their dogs or get them used to grooming at home, they can be monsters on my table. I don't notice much of a change with females unless they are in heat--it's really a pain to groom a bitch in heat. Intact males are, as I mentioned, a little bit stronger, a little bit edgier, a little more likely to fight with me if they don't like something--whereas neutered males are a bit softer and more compliant.
And yes, there is also the matter of testicles getting in the way of certain things! And I hate clipping the testicles. It's difficult to do, the skin is easily irritated, and some dogs are sensitive to it. Usually I just leave the hair if I can get away with it, but if the dog is a total shave down because of mats or whatever, you can't leave a hairy scrotum on an otherwise smooth dog!
It may or may not be easier for the owner to groom their own dog at home, depending on the relationship between dog and owner. I'm just giving my perspective as a professional groomer.