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I have a five month old puppy. I do not plan to breed him, but do not want any negative health or behavior issues as a result of too early neutering. When is the best time to do this?
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My boy, Buster, was 6 months old when he was neutered. He heeled quickly. We would have done it sooner (we adopted him at 5 months from a shelter), but he had a lot of different treatments for parasites, and we wanted his body to have a rest before putting under anesthesia.

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I think a lot of people have it done at around 6 months but I'm waiting a little longer because I heard it can help them if you wait (can't remember why off the top of my head). McGee just turned 11 mos. on the 1st of Jan. and I'm calling Monday for an appt. for the surgery. Makes me nervous just thinking about it!!!

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The later the better as the sex hormones indicate when the bones are to stop growing. Without that signal they continue to grow. A year old is when I have my puppy buyers spay/neuter their dog. 8 months at the earliest..

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yeah ,six months is common. Always some controversy with this. Research says different from males and females. Just to further confuse you, here is some reading. nine pages .LOL

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I've read in a number of articles to wait until the dog has quit growing at least

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Originally Posted by Becky Chittenden View Post
I've read in a number of articles to wait until the dog has quit growing at least
Which asks the do you know when your dog has stopped growing?

I'm sure it's different for each dog.

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If I were to get another Havanese and it was a puppy, I would wait until it was 8 months, my dog Yogi is a rescue and it is believed they got his age wrong they based it on the condition of his teeth they were stained and pitted (they are clean now but have pits), this was probably the result from the mothers poor condition and diet. Anyway he was about 13 pounds and 10 inches at the withers, the vet thought he would not grow much more and thought he was about 8 months to a year. Yogi started growing two months later he is over 12.5 inches and weighs 17.5 oops, 6 months later he stopped growing. It is believed he was most probably 6 months or younger and they changed his age. He is a great dog just bigger. I don't know if this is why or if he his just a bigger Hav, but based on him I would wait.

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do i have to neuter him, is there health issue if i don't?
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do i have to neuter him, is there health issue if i don't?
Unless you got him from a reputable breeder and have full papers and have plans for showing him, along with plans to learn how to better the breed, and are responsible enough to be aware at all times of how he will act if he even smells an unfixed female in heat and are willing to deal with that, then I very strongly advise you to get him neutered. Otherwise, all it takes is one 'oopsie' with an unfixed female (which can happen anywhere you go) to result in your having added to the huge overpopulation of unwanted pets...

And although even a neutered dog's sex drive is never completely gone, it does reduce the degree of some unwanted behaviors such as marking, and the degree of distraction they have when female dogs, especially while in heat, are around. I don't think you will regret getting him neutered at all.
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