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Neutering

I have my 6 month old scheduled for neutering, but I am having second thoughts. I see conflicting information of the web, and my Vet is open to "any time". My dog is supervised at all times, so mating is not an issue. My main concern is providing the best health and behavioral healthcare possible. What is your experience? Is it better to wait until after puberty? I want to do the best thing for my pet. Thanks in advance.
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We were confused as well on what to do with Rocky. There is a lot of conflicting information out there and seemed to be no concrete answer.

We decided to wait until Rocky was at least a year old. Is that the right thing to do? I don't know but we felt more comfortable with it so that's what we're doing.
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My choice for Leo and Rex was to wait until 18 months. Rex is now 14 months so won't be neutered until March. Often your contract with your puppy's breeder will speak to the issue of neutering/spaying and timing. I think each puppy owner needs to look at their situation, ensure that the dog is constantly supervised or contained so no accidental breedings occur and read current thoughts about timing for these procedures.
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I agree that each owner needs to look at and assess all the possible ramifications of late vs. early neuter and spay, then make the decision that is best for their dog AND the family.

I think, at this point, it is pretty clear that neuter or spay after sexual maturity has long term health benefits ON AVERAGE. What happens with any individual dog is, well, individual. In terms of "making babies" that is in the hands of the owner to prevent, and it's really not that hard to prevent with our little dogs. If it WILL be a problem, then early neuter is a must.

There are some down-sides to keeping the dog intact longer. For those with females, we have to go through one or more heats... not fun for anyone. With Pixel, we also had to deal with a false pregnancy.

For boys, it's more every day stuff. Intact males are more likely to be hit by wanderlust, so on-leash supervision or a STRONG fence are required. And while any dog, male, female, neutered or spayed, can mark, it is MORE likely than unneutered males will try it. This will need to be trained, just like potty training. And many people don't understand that it is NOT the same as elimination urination... Dogs can understand COMPLETELY that they go outside to potty, but NOT understand (until taught) that it is ALSO not OK to mark inside the house. That said, few male dogs in Europe are neutered, and they ALL learn not to mark in the house. So they CAN learn.

Finally, there are just life dynamics. Some people must use daycare, and many daycares will not take a puppy older than 6 months that is not spayed or neutered. So, if your care plan includes such an establishment, you may need to decide whether it is better for you and the dog to continue to use that facility and neuter, or to find another place. (or have in home day care, with a walker coming in once or more per day)
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Have you seen an increase in marking, aggression, or humping?
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We did not have to agree to this with breeder, so it is totally up to us.
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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".
"Urinary scent marking is not the prerogative of male dogs. On the contrary, many bitches urine mark and also, many bitches will raise a leg when doing so. However, the female manner of raising a hind leg usually differs from the characteristic male leg lift posture. Male dogs stand with body weight forwards while a hind leg is abducted at the hip joint and the stifle swings out and upwards to lie above the backbone, so that urine may be jetted laterally towards some vertical object, which was in dire need of marking. Bitches, on the other hand, normally raise a hind paw which is brought forwards underneath the body, usually while the bitch is partially squatting. Often her rear end may be swiveled to one side to direct the urine,"

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We did not have to agree to this with breeder, so it is totally up to us.
Just a note to other people... Even if your contract says that a puppy should be neutered earlier, TALK to your breeder. Most responsible breeders, if they realize that you are a responsible person, and only want the best for your puppy's health, are happy to alter the contract to allow later spay/neutering.
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