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Spay/Neuter Question

Hi, hoping to be a first-time dog owner soon and have lots to learn!

I hope this isn't too controversial but I have been reading online here that it may be better to wait until a puppy is older to spay or neuter. The vets in my area seem to all do it at 6 months. While I do plan to read up on this further and do some research, I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are here.

What is the benefit in waiting until a year or later?

Why would the vets push for 6 months? I was told that they like to do it at 6 months before a male has issues with marking and so he will squat to pee and for a female before her first heat. Sounded OK, knowing nothing about it, but I now hear otherwise so I wonder if I should wait and why?

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I've only had male dogs, 4 Bichon Frise and now a Havanese. So small dogs. I think that big dogs they try to wait til the dog has matured in size.
All of my dogs were neutered eventually. 3 were 6 months. 1 was 10 months and 1 was 2 years old. The only one that marked in the house was the one that was neutered at 2 yrs. He would lift his leg on kitchen cabinets, shoes at the door, everywhere. I bought him from some people that didn't want him. I think in addition to being neutered late that he was kept outdoors all the time and never properly housetrained. He was also very territorial and did not get along with any dog(including the other Bichon I had). After 6 months of hell, I gave him to my parents and he did much better as the only dog in the house. They wanted him and loved him til he died.
None of my other dogs ever marked indoors but they would lift their leg to pee and squat sometimes..outdoors.
This is only my experience and I'm no pro...someone else will chime in who knows more!
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Early spay and neuter raises risks for health issues such as crucial ligament tears and IVDD. Others here can speak better to that than me. My male yorkie was neutered at six months and has never marked in the house ever. However, he always raises his leg to pee and pees on anything and everything outside! So whoever said that neutering causes male dogs to squat to pee must not know what they are talking about!
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Please do a search on these subjects here on the forum. There have been SOOOO many good conversations about it... including some in the last few days.

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