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How old was your puppy when he was neutered?

Hi Everyone,

Zedzilla will be six months old in three weeks, and I'm trying to determine the best age to neuter him. Based on my research, I'm leaning towards waiting until he's about 1.5 years old, but my vet as well as many of my friends who are dog owners are urging me to do it sooner. I really want to do the right thing by him and just feel that six months might be too young. I'm concerned about his physical development and well being and it feels right to me to wait until he's older to give him a chance to mature a bit more. I did not expect this to be such a difficult decision, and I'm very conflicted at the moment.

Please share your experiences on this subject with me. Thanks!
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Hi - Kipling was neutered at six months. He did just fine with it and we've noticed no problems as a result.

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Why would you wait until he is 1.5 years old? He should be neutered at six months - your vet is right! There are many, many reasons that this is the recommended age. Here is a short overview: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=574

Trust your vet on this one. S/he is an animal doctor, s/he knows what is best for your little man in this situation

Did you purchase him on a contract? Most breeders' contracts require that you spay/neuter the pup by 7 months.

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Six months and he did just fine! Why wait?



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I have a female and the spay surgery is obviously much more involved but we had it done at 6 months per our non-breeding contract. She did just fine. With a male, I wouldn't want to wait as they will start marking indoors if you wait much longer. I have a male chihuahua who weighs half of a Havanese's weight and he was neutered at 6 months - also no complications whatsoever. He never has accidents in the house and has never marked in our house.

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Kodi was also neutered at 6 months... well, actually, a bit later because he got a skin infection just before his first neuter date, but close enough not to make a difference. Besides the fact that my contract said he was to be neutered at 6 months, I also REALLY wanted to make sure he was neutered before he started displaying adult male behaviors, particularly marking. I would have a very hard time tolerating that in a dog, and the idea of a long haired dog in a belly band all the time didn't appeal to me either.

In our case, Kodi had one day of being a bit gorped out, I think more from the anesthesia than the surgery itself, and then the problem was keeping him appropriately quiet until he was cleared for full activity. The whole thing was harder on me than him, I think.<g>

I have several friends who re vets, and they all say that around 6 months is the optimal time to neuter puppies unless there is some health problem that prevents it.


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Thank you all for your replies!

Some of my concerns about neutering too soon are detailed here:

http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/PDF/Earl...iderations.pdf

and here:

http://showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub...vet/neutr.html
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Thank you all for your replies!

Some of my concerns about neutering too soon are detailed here:

http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/PDF/Earl...iderations.pdf

and here:

http://showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub...vet/neutr.html
Well, these articles don't really give completely the same reasons for NOT neutering, so I am skeptical in the face of so many other veterinarians who state differently. There is little doubt that early neutering does lead to taller, lighter chested dogs in large breeds, but I haven't seen any evidence that this is also true with toy breeds, who usually mature sooner.

Your first article talks about all the possible problems of neutering a dog before 5 1/2 months, then makes the big leap of suggesting 14 months as the appropriate time. Huh? Even accounting for individual variation, this seems like a big difference. If you're worried, why not wait until he's 7 months?

All I know is that from what I've seen in neighbor dogs who have not been neutered and from my vet friends who deal with un-neutered males, and even hearing from forum members about marking problems with un-neutered males (and yes, I know that even some female dogs mark) I wouldn't want to go this route.

Additionally, my dog is in consistent, regular, performance training. We have 2 lessons a week, and do Rally run-throughs another day. He's a typical 9 month old distractable NEUTERED puppy. But I see other people there struggling with un-neutered animals, and they are SO much MORE distractable, and that's just not something I'd want to deal with. These are NOT dogs of "the uninformed public" who do not spend time training their dogs. These are dogs, usually show and future breeding dogs, which is why they aren't neutered in the first place, and they are being handled by knowledgable, caring, responsible owners. No thanks. Not for me.

That said, everyone has to make their own decision for their own dog. (assuming that your breeder's contract allows you to wait longer) But I don't think you'll find many people on this forum who have or would suggest waiting that long.


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Cash goes in tomorrow he`s 6 mts, Bayley was done last week he`s 6 mts Ari goes in wed. he`s 6 mts. These pups all play together. Take Care.
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Taylor is 5-1/2 months old and I am calling today to schedule his consult (something this vet requires). He will be neutered at 6 months give or take a week or so.

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