Benjamin was neutered at 8 1/2 months. I had to do it that early because I wanted to bring him to daycare and they required it, and also because he was getting really squirrely with marking (fortunately only outside) and humping my leg. Interesting info on the early neutering business, but I am wondering too if the "bigness genes" are just becoming more prevalent within the breed. Or maybe they're getting fed better? Well, it really doesn't matter that much to me, it's just not what I expected. I do know that I've seen a few really tiny dogs (not Havanese) that weighed maybe 3 pounds as adults, and I definitely would not want that. For me, the Havanese, from smallest to largest, are within the perfect size range.
I really don't believe that the breed, as a whole is getting larger. There were ALWAYS big dogs in the breed. Kodi's breeder has been breeding Havanese for MANY years (I believe 6 generations at this point) and the size of the dogs the produce (with the exception of my jackpot pup
) has been pretty uniform over that entire time.
When I look at dogs in the show ring, and talk to breeders involved in our local club, they are all producing dogs of moderate size around here.
Again, if you count in all the BYB's and puppy mills that do NOT work on breeding to standard, of course that is going to skew the averages. We probably wouldn't be able to get people to give that information, but I bet if you asked people what their dog's size was AND whether the dog came from a breeder who BREEDS TO STANDARD AND
titles their breeding stock, I think you wouldn't see so many that were way above standard in size. And as I've said, though Kodi is above standard, it's just a bit. He's not ENORMOUSLY over standard.