Many breeders will not sell you a pet unless you agree to spay or neuter the animal. Being a responsible owner is assuring you are not producing unwanted dogs that frequently end up in shelters. If you think you want to “show” your dog in conformation be sure to discuss this ahead of time with the breeder. Neutered or spayed animals can participate in all of the areas of competition such as agility, rally, obedience and hunt except for conformation. To show a dog in conformation, like Westminster, the dog must be “intact” and not altered. Remember: A neutered or spayed dog usually has fewer health problems.