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Best time to neuter?

I've been reading a lot about the benefits of early neutering. My puppy is just over 4 months and I was planning on having him neutered in about a week. Today a friend told me his vet recommended to wait until the endocrine (?) gland matures? Not sure what that means. Amy recommendations ?
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When I had my dog neutered, (8 months) my vet wanted to make sure he had all his adult teeth. Apparently, that shows maturity and once that is reached, neutering won't stunt their development.
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My breeder said as close to a year as possible til he is more mature.

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The only real benefits of early neutering are convenience for the owners. I would never have a puppy neutered/spayed before 6 months, and if I had it to do again, I'd wait until closer to 1 year.


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Does waiting that long affect the behavior? How about hiking the legg? I was going to set an app. to get Otis neutered, he is 6 months old now.
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My vet wanted to wait until his adult teeth were in, which was around 7 months. That way, if he had any retained baby teeth they could be removed at the same time.

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Does waiting that long affect the behavior? How about hiking the legg? I was going to set an app. to get Otis neutered, he is 6 months old now.
Some puppies are hiking a leg as soon as they can balance on 3 legs, others NEVER do it. I was told to avoid letting Kodi sniff around vertical surfaces if I wanted to avoid having him learn to lift his leg. This worked until we went to so many dog shows, where it's really hard to avoid places that other dogs have marked. He's still good though. He still keeps all 4 on the ground when he needs to pee. He does, ever so delicately, lift his leg to mark every once in a while outdoors. But he has NEVER marked in the house.

In Europe, it is very common to NEVER neuter male dogs, and you can bet your bottom dollar that these dogs are taught not to mark in the house. It's a matter of training. Just like pee and poop, you teach them that the ONLY acceptable place to mark is outdoors, on THEIR time. (NOT when you're trying to go for a brisk walk)


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I've been struggling with this decision too b/c there seem to be legitimate arguments towards doing it at 5-6 months and towards waiting until 1 year! My Teddy is 4.5 months. I am now leaning towards waiting, and here's why:

My only rationale for doing it early is so he will not lift his leg and mark. But, I discovered that my mom's havanese, now 3 years, was neutered at 5 months, and guess what, he still lifts his leg and marks EVERYWHERE!!! He has never even been around another dog that does this. That tells me there is no correlation between neutering and leg lifting.

So, I really see no harm in waiting! But, then again, I'm not a vet or a breeder or a scientist....
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The marking was my main concern. It seems like there could be misinformation out there regarding this issue. Lots of good food for thought, I am leaning toward waiting.
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I've been struggling with this decision too b/c there seem to be legitimate arguments towards doing it at 5-6 months and towards waiting until 1 year! My Teddy is 4.5 months. I am now leaning towards waiting, and here's why:

My only rationale for doing it early is so he will not lift his leg and mark. But, I discovered that my mom's havanese, now 3 years, was neutered at 5 months, and guess what, he still lifts his leg and marks EVERYWHERE!!! He has never even been around another dog that does this. That tells me there is no correlation between neutering and leg lifting.

So, I really see no harm in waiting! But, then again, I'm not a vet or a breeder or a scientist....
I have yet to see any serious rationale for early neutering for the responsible pet owner. The only real reason for early neutering is to prevent unplanned litters. Hopefully everyone here would prevent their little ones from getting "in trouble".

From a physical perspective, if you are planning to ask your dog to do anything athletic, it is definitely better to wait until they are physically mature before neutering.


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