Many Responsible Breeders whom we promote by the way, Often wait for a couple of years, During this time, their checking for any medical problems, anything that would prohibit bettering the breed, Hip problems, joint problems, medical problems all kinds of stuff, and then at that time, The "Good" breeders make responsible decisions. Waiting, only gives you time to make good decisions, I'd definitely consult with great breeders, before making this decision. I have two males, Neither of them are neutered, One will be, as a promise was made, The second will more than likely be as well, I have no plans to breed either of them, My intention was to adopt them, and raise them with love. The downside to having them neutered is the anesthetic, their breathing is very pronounced, and this can be deadly, Why take the chance if I have no medical necessity to do so.
Second question is Murray sometimes leaves 'streaks' where he was laying. They appear to be light yellow in color and have a bit of an odor. I've been of the assumption its normal and asked the vet about it and she basically said I should wipe his bits down every day or so, that should cut back on any discharge. anyone run into the same and is there anything really to do about it?
This very much sounds, smells, by your description of urine. Males do something we Humans come to know as marking, This could very well be as your vet was describing, urine that accidentally was on him from urinating, This is usually the hair at the end of their package, usually during grooming, groomers remove that hair for this reason. I've never known of a male Bully to fully empty his bladder, reason is he keeps some to mark his territory. When walking your Bully, you'll sometimes notice, they stop and mark, every tree, bush, fire hydrant, but trust me, their only relieving themselves some, Males mark, and this can be a reason your seeing this.
Lastly - when we play around sometimes Murray gets excited, pops his lipstick, and does a little nipping. Not even play biting, literally pinches my skin with his front teeth. He rarely humps, but when he does (or if he starts nipping) I give him a quick 'NOOO!' and banish him to the kitchen for a few minutes. That usually gives him time to calm down - anyone else have suggestions to curb this behavior?
If your comparing lipstick to his Red Rocket, you would be very correct. I come home from work, and both boys as soon as they see me, or as soon as they get excited, both pop the Red Rockets, It's a bully thing, My cockers never did this, however they would get excited and squirt. I'd much prefer the Red Rocket. The humping is usually a sign of dominance, or excitement, could be either or, If you feel the Bully is trying to Dominate you, Feed him his Kibble from your hand, Let him know your the pack Leader, you decide if he lives or dies, eats or not, goes outside or not, Thats all Pack Leader requirements, if it's excitement, as again you seem to be describing, Then your totally correct, Do the Stern Noooo!! and ignore, same with curbing his desire to bite or nibble, it's unacceptable behavior, Stern noooo!! and Ignore. There is an awesome book I reccoment a lot, It name is "Monks of New Skete" you can find it on amazon, it's also downloadable onto Kindle, This book tells you everything about how to be a pack leader, Bully's are stubborn, I call it hard headed, You have got to show Team Leadership at all costs, This book could very well change your whole outlook on raising your bully. Pack Leader is most important, and any time these guys can relieve you of that responsibility, or try you out to see how far they can push you, They will do it. Hope this information helps, and I'm sure many more will come by with more ideas, and more suggestions, and even better strategies, Thats what this community is all about, we each think differently, and usually every one has great information to share.