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Neutering my puppy

My 5 month old male Havanese puppy has an appointment to be neutered just after his 6 month birthday. I am a first time puppy owner, and I am wondering if the puppy's personality or emotional status changes after neutering.
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You will get a lot of different opinions about when is the best time to neuter a male dog, even from professionals. Most of the conventional wisdom now says around one year old but I would do whatever your Vet recommends as long as he gives good reasons. Ricky was neutered at 11 months.

Your dog's personality will not change in any significant way other than, in most cases, he will be less likely to mark his territory. Consequently, it might make potty training easier.

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Ian Dunbar ...""Neutering male dogs DOES change their behavior to some extent. They are likely to roam less (if given free range) and urinate less, yet still urine mark and still use the same urination posture. Thus, scent marking is not resolved, but the frequency (hence volume of urine) is much less.?However, castration has no effect on dog-human aggression, does not make male dogs less aggressive to other dogs, alter their rank in the hierarchy, or appear to change their personality much. BUT castrated male dogs no longer smell like intact males and so this dramatically changes the behavior of other male dogs.?Castrated male dogs smell more like anoestrous females.?Other male dogs react towards castrated males as if they are females ?and so, other male dogs harass or threaten them less and hence, the behavior of the castrated male eventually changes (feeling less threatened). Castrated male dogs are involved in fewer fights with other males and their aggressiveness is reduced, not directly by castration, but indirectly by the altered behavior of other males".
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My 5 month old male Havanese puppy has an appointment to be neutered just after his 6 month birthday. I am a first time puppy owner, and I am wondering if the puppy's personality or emotional status changes after neutering.
Personality or emotional status changes at six months pre- and post-neuter won't be a concern for you. I've had many male dogs neutered at various ages. We never experienced negative personality changes. In most cases there were improvements, especially in dominant dogs....not really an issue with your Hav.

As far as the age to neuter you can ask your vet about the full development of bones at various ages and how neutering affects it. Being new to toy breeds I can't address how quickly they mature. Marking territory (frequent leg lifting "everywhere") is another habit that can normally be prevented with neutering.



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Personality or emotional status changes at six months pre- and post-neuter won't be a concern for you. I've had many male dogs neutered at various ages. We never experienced negative personality changes. In most cases there were improvements, especially in dominant dogs....not really an issue with your Hav.

As far as the age to neuter you can ask your vet about the full development of bones at various ages and how neutering affects it. Being new to toy breeds I can't address how quickly they mature. Marking territory (frequent leg lifting "everywhere") is another habit that can normally be prevented with neutering.
Ian's studies showed marking is not prevented with neutering , only reduce somewhat. Not sure what you meant by "not an issue with Havs" ? Dominance is possible in all dogs . It's not breed related., snd is not determined simply by size.

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Ian's studies showed marking is not prevented with neutering , only reduce somewhat. Not sure what you meant by "not an issue with Havs" ? Dominance is possible in all dogs . It's not breed related., snd is not determined simply by size.
"Not really an issue with YOUR Hav" is what I wrote as temperament issues weren't mentioned by Grasshopper. Hopefully that clarifies that



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I have always spayed and neutered by 6 months but studies from UC Davis are now suggesting to wait until growth plates are closed so body can get benefit of the hormones for long term. They found in goldens and rotties and now Vizsla's that early spay and neuter seems to contribute to cancers, joint issues etc. Of course nothing is ever conclusive which always leaves us to have to make decisions without all information. Our holistic vet recommends to spay after first heat but before second for females so I did that with Sophie she was spayed last month. As mentioned here though there are a lot of different thoughts on spay and neutering and when. I personally have only seen good things happen with males personalities afterwards though.
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I have always spayed and neutered by 6 months but studies from UC Davis are now suggesting to wait until growth plates are closed so body can get benefit of the hormones for long term. They found in goldens and rotties and now Vizsla's that early spay and neuter seems to contribute to cancers, joint issues etc. Of course nothing is ever conclusive which always leaves us to have to make decisions without all information. Our holistic vet recommends to spay after first heat but before second for females so I did that with Sophie she was spayed last month. As mentioned here though there are a lot of different thoughts on spay and neutering and when. I personally have only seen good things happen with males personalities afterwards though.
The research thus far has been on large breeds so it's unknown if a later spay recommendation is applicable to small breeds like the Havanese to minimize cancer and/or joint issues.

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I don't think my personality would be that chipper if that happened to me!!! Yea its 5 o'clock here!!!
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I had my male Coton-Cavalier mix neutered at six months. No personality change whatsoever. He's still my sweet, slightly anxious, rambunctious love.

On a side note, I'm having Lola spayed at the end of the month, just a few days after her first birthday. She had a personality change exactly at the time she went into heat, though, lord knows, I'm not the one to say if the two are related or just coincidence of timing. I struggled with housebreaking with her, and just when I'd think we were in the clear, she'd start free peeing again. She hasn't had a single accident in the house since that first day she went into heat at ten months, though was peeing and pooping until that day. She also suddenly wanted to cuddle, which was a pleasant surprise, since she'd been a rather independent, sassy, but fun girl prior. I thought she change back after her cycle, but she's just a mellow lap dog now, and bit of a princess, wanting to be petted a lot and even groomed, and shies away from rough and tumble play with my boy or even at the dog park. It's like she just decided she was a little lady now. Surprised the heck out of me, but I like it.

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