- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
we neuter at 6 months.
we neuter at 6 months.
The neuter surgery is very low risk with very rare adverse short or long term outcomes.
If you’ve let your puppy develop habits that you don’t like up to this point, that’s one thing. But please don’t dismiss any undesirable behaviors on his breed or his age. An unaltered male dog is going to exacerbate those behaviors, especially if any part of the training is even a little bit weak.
We waited until our dog was about 18 months old. 2 reasons: one of his manly parts never decended and we were waiting for it so that the surgery wouldn’t be so invasive (but it ended up being so because they had to literally search for it. 🙁 ) And also, we wanted him to “fill out” and grow into the very “masculine” dog he is now. My dog honestly didn’t change in behavior afterwards. He was a good dog to begin with and easy to train. With age, he has calmed down even more and is very mellow now.
We neutered our black lab at 6 months. We never intended to breed him, so it felt like the responsible thing to do. I would have felt awful if he’d impregnated another dog at the dog park and would have felt financially responsible for any litters he produced! Anyway, it didn’t calm him down any and it didn’t affect his growth. At one year old he is currently 100 lbs and as hyper as ever! He also still humps his bed.
I’ve shown/bred dogs for 26 years, Boxers and Dobermans. Between 12 and 18 months is the best time to neuter and it absolutely MUST be done. Neutered animals are actually larger than their unneutered counterparts, so stop focusing on one study. Their bodies produce growth hormone, which is replaced by sex hormones once they reach about 1 year of age.
Boxers are cancer bags, most of ones I ever lost were due to cancer, most of them will die of it, and if not cancer they will pass of heart disease (big problem with cardiomyopathy in this breed). The risk of testicular and prostate cancer in an unneutered dog is a very real one, and seems to be higher in some breeds like Boxers, particularly if they are not bred. I neuter all my dogs as soon as they are retired from breeding, I never ever leave an animal intact.
As someone who now has a puppy from a dog the owners never intended to breed but felt it was “sooo cruel” to neuter their dog who “would NEVER get out”, get him fixed, and soon. Accidents happen and there are entirely too many dogs that need homes because irresponsible owners don’t fix their dogs. And it will help improve some of the dominance issues.
@cloverbug: Thank you for that. Obviously I don’t know much about it – all I know is I want furbaby to have a long, healthy life. I am happy to get him neutered if that is best for him health wise, but not if it just for “population control.” I think we would be most comfortable waiting a year, which is only 2 months away…happy birthday indeed 😉
@chasesgirl: I’m not doing it solely for population control, same as I wouldn’t sterilize a human who didn’t want kids. If there are real, measurable health benefits, then I will. Otherwise, no. Our dog is always in a highly fenced yard or with us. If an accident did happen, I would deal with it accordingly and responsibly, but I won’t base my decision on the unlikely potential of him escaping my clutches 😛 I don’t think being concerned is the same as being irresponsible. I want to do the best decision for him, not what PETA tells me to do 😛
@MissFemmeFatale: Assuming my dog will get loose, which I highly doubt, I would give money to support the puppies. As I don’t own the female, I wouldn’t have much say over what happened but I’d certainly take care of them if the other owner would let me. Very judgemental tones you have when someone is just asking for advice.
Go to a shelter. See what happens to the dogs that are there, whose owners decided to not spay/neuter. See the puppies that are homeless, many who won’t get a shot at life outside a shelter. Volunteer with a rescue group (even one that is breed-specific) and learn how challenging it can be to find homes for perfectly good dogs and cats, many of whom were “oopsies” and whose owners realized that finding homes for a litter can be tough.
Please spay or neuter your dog. There’s no legit reason not to do so. Do it for Bob Barker and Betty White.
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