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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question 'personal' topic??

ok..so for all who read this, I'm sorry before you continue on..lol. This is an embarressing topic to bring up..(more so now that all my non-dog owning coworkers laughed at me) but here goes.

Yesterday when I gave Capote his bath and groomed him out I got to thinking about something.

My best friend's dog always grosses me out (or did before he was neutered) because he'd stand up and his lil' man was saying hi (see the embarrassment here?) ...well I got to thinking about it when I was grooming capote and I've never had that problem. So being the good owner that I am I decided to make sure everything was ok down there and I discovered that Capote has only one testicle sack.. When I brought him to the vet last they said he had 2 healthy ones, but that was when he was a puppy so I'm thinking maybe one didn't descend..??

Now I'm no expert on a dogs genetalia..especially on how it's supposed to feel..lol. (more awkwardness) ..but there should be two, shouldn't there?? And if there's not..if there's only one...and he's never shown me his wee-wee...then there may be something wrong, right??

I should probably talk to the breeder, but I wouldn't know how to approach said topic..especially since no matter what I could NEVER give him up..he's my baby..one ball or not.. (lol) ..but if he does have only one, then I'd give up even thinking about ever showing him right then and there and just straight up get him neutered..

...reeeallllyyyy awkward topic to dwell upon, but I want to know ya'lls opinions..because I think ya'll would be way less humorous about it than my coworkers were..lol

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Mindy, that's not an awkward topic at all! LOL. There is nothing wrong with dogs that don't have a testicle descended. It is not normal, per se, but happens more often than you would think.

The only bad thing is that you can't show him if one of his testicles haven't descended. It's AKC rules. My aunt got a male English Cocker Spaniel at 8 months because he was to be shown and one of his testicles didn't descend. The breeder was devastated. He is one GORGEOUS dog. I mean beautiful markings and beautiful body and proportions. It really is sad, but it happens.


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Mindy, not awkward at all - I agree! That is how my girlfriend got her Hav at a year old. The breeder wanted to breed him, and could not. I would take him back to the vet. If that is the case, and you want to keep him no matter what (of course) then your best bet is have him neutered. I would think that the vet is the best one to tell you "what is going on down there"

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Mindy~ I'm not all that well-versed w/this in dogs. However, I have a nephew whose testicle didn't descend and they did surgery to fix it. I realize a boy is much different than a dog but, I wonder if they'd even consider it for a dog?

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I was wondering the same thing. If you are still very interested in showing him, is that repairable? Or is it still considered a fault and he can't be shown?

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I think its a no-no to fix dogs testicles, because they still wouldnt be good for showing. You wouldnt want to breed him. Sometimes the hidden one is there, just hard to find. I knew someone who had to pull it down (eww).

Or you can do this, http://www.neuticles.com/
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If Milo's second testicle had descended he wouldn't be sitting right next to me as I type this. He was intended to be a show dog but this fault got me the sweetest little boy that God created. He's scheduled for surgery soon and the vet said if the testicle doesn't descend it often becomes cancerous later on. In my eyes he's perfect exactly as he is.

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I'm such a dope. I was about to type that this was a very informative thread and I am going to check Gryff right now. Oops, I already had him neutered! Nevermind.

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Mindy,
I don't know anything more about dog testicles than you. But I know that in humans there are such things as kryptorchism (non-descended testicle) and pending testicles.
The first one is the case when the testicle(s) didn't descend at any time. In humans, this needs to be fixed, because if the non-descended testicle remains in the abdomen (where the temperature is higher than in the scrotum) it will definitely eventually lead to cancer. The procedure to fix this problem is called orchidopexie.
The second one is when the testicle is out of the abdomen but not fully located in the scrotum. That's why, when you pull it down it stays in the scrotum for a while but pends back eventually. In humans this is something to watch but not necessarily to fix.

Now I have no idea, that when the Vet felt 2 testicles he missed the 'pending'? Maybe that's why he felt 2 and you feel one now???
Hope I was of any help...

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