The Joys of Owning an Intact Male Dog
2012/07/09 § 32 Comments
Kyuss just turned 4 years old; he’s in his prime, he knows it, and yes, he’s intact.
I wanted to share with you just some of the joyous things I deal with, due to Kyuss being ‘all man.’
If you do not know what smegma is, I would normally suggest a Google search, but I believe you won’t want to see any of the images that pop up! Basically, smegma is the natural lubricant the body produces to keep an animal/human’s genital region clean. Neutered animals also produce smegma, however, intact animals tend to produce more. Depending on the dog, you may never even notice it, as most dogs will keep themselves clean down there without any human aid.
Kyuss is pretty good about keeping his nether regions clean, although once in a while I’ll notice a ‘drip’ that he himself hasn’t noticed, to which I will take a baby wipe to before it ends up on the floor. *blerp*
Smegma shouldn’t have a strong odour normally. Kyuss has had the occasional stink to him, and then I usually just dab a bit of over the counter thrush cream on his bits and it disappears by the next day.
Kyuss loves to mark; thankfully, he never does so indoors. We have had friends visit, and their neutered male dog had pee’d on our furniture. Kyuss was quite displeased at the nerve of this ‘intruder’ and promptly urinated overtop the offending smell. Needless to say I was not happy and banished their dog outside for the remainder of the visit. That was the one, and only time Kyuss has ever marked his territory inside the house.
I’ve heard having two intact dogs, whether a male/female pair, or two males can commonly result in marking behaviour increasing indoors.
Being that we now live in a multiplex with a shared yard, Kyuss will spend hours in the yard, making sure he urinates over every spot our neighbour’s intact male dog has pee’d. He also pees over the females urine spots as well. Needles to say, he’s pretty much empty when he returns inside.
Kyuss will sometimes get overly excited at the prospect of a new friend, and yes, they can be male. It is in part due to dominance, as well as excitement and I will often have to work harder at making sure he knows his boundaries. Even as a 4 month old pup, he would get excited and hump the air while standing beside some dogs (usually male). We of course, found this hilarious as did the owners of the other dogs.
He’s never attempted to mount a person, thank goodness; I would be mortified. It’s still very embarrassing to have him mount someone elses dog. I will always apologize and remove Kyuss from the other dog if he hasn’t been removed by the dog itself. Some dogs don’t even notice, while others take great offence to the idea. Kyuss himself doesn’t like to be mounted; hypocritical much?
4. Self Pleasure.
I won’t go into detail, but yes, Kyuss likes to please himself.
I don’t really know what to call it, but when Kyuss knows there is an intact female nearby, he will be very… irritating, to put it lightly.
We have two neighbours who keep intact females. One lives at the rear of our property, and another lives in our building. Every time these girls go into heat, Kyuss’ behaviour changes quite dramatically. When the Chihuahua girl at back goes into heat, he will spend ages at the fence. He will mark, and whine, and sniff and mark again. The photo above, is just such an occasion. (OT, you can see he’s lost a little weight from when this photo was taken. Check his most recent photo) He will also want to go outside far more often than usual; passing at the door.
The neighbours who live in our complex only recently moved in. Their female, a long-haired Chi or Chi mix, was already pregnant or had newborn pups, as they are now 5 weeks old. They also own the father who looks to be a Lhasa Apso. Every time the dogs are out in the yard together, Winnie (dad) will charge Kyuss with his hackles raised, tail in the air, barking while momma, (don’t know her name) will stand her ground, barking and growling at him. Perhaps it’s because they have young pups (who are still inside), or more likely it’s because they are ill trained. Kyuss meanwhile, isn’t very afraid of a dog who only comes up to his wrists, and goes on about his business, making over their pee after a hesitant exchange of sniffing.
Kyuss, thankfully, does not howl like I’ve heard some intact males do when they smell a female in heat. I’ve heard horror stories from breeders who keep their own studs of their male howling all night long while a bitch is in heat.
Also, Kyuss will generally eat less or not eat at all when females nearby are in heat.
Thankfully, Kyuss doesn’t wander. He’s actually very good about staying in my sight whenever off leash. Although I focused on recall from a very young age to ensure I would not lose him. People call Quebec the puppmill capital of North America for good reason. The laws used to be very lax in regard to animal cruelty and animals in general. Very recently they revised the laws, but many still say they’re not up to snuff.
Sadly, the new rules were not in time for the huge media story regarding Paws R’ Us. Many dogs, purebred or otherwise, are still often stolen right out of people’s yards and homes in this area. For this reason, Kyuss is never left unattended outside and we lock all doors and windows when we leave. (Although I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would break into our home with a 95lbs Dobermann barking at them.)
Still, roaming is a common behaviour among intact dogs. Some dogs will actively seek out females in heat if they are not kept securely confined.
Kyuss is not aggressive in the slightest. Nevertheless, he will push his limits now and then by exhibiting dominance behaviour. (head over shoulders/mounting) I’ve actually found other dogs to be more aggressive toward him without any provocation on Kyuss’ part. (don’t get me wrong, he has provoked it before) Most of these altercations occurred while he was in his “teens,” (so his hormones were probably raging,) and while we were at a dog park; which is not a favourite hangout of mine. Kyuss has never been ‘attacked’ but he has had a few dominance scuffles on occasion, where both parties were just ’chest-beating’ for lack of better wording.
So why do I keep Kyuss intact if I have to deal with all the fun stuff above? Well, that’s going in my next blog post. =D