Has it happened to you?

In the Veterinary Record (July 18th edition) the following letter was printed:-

Dear Sir
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is classed as a vulnerable breed, with births averaging below 50 a year. As breed secretary I am taking an increasing number of calls from Glen owners about veterinary nurses advocating the routine spaying and neutering of their companion dogs.
As a breed we have a condition known as Late onset PRA and as a consequence most breeders do not mate their bitches until almost three
years of age. The gene pool is limited and repeat matings are not the norm as we wish to limit any possible damage to the breed until a test for the condition is found. Given that we could then lose a percentage of possible breeding animals to routine neutering for no sound medical reason, the overall picture becomes grimmer.
Could you please print this letter wherever possible, so that the veterinary profession becomes aware of the possible damage that will occur to our vulnerable breed if this policy is routinely advocated at their surgeries

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours Sincerely

Anne Hardy – Secretary of The Glen of Imaal Terrier Association

Are we going down the American route of early neutering? If so, why? If you have been advised by your vet (whatever the breed) to arrange for your puppy to be neutered do let us know the reason given and at what age it was suggested.