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Old 01-06-2011, 10:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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It depends on what YOU as an owner feels comfortable with doing.

Tanner is about to be 5 years old and is neutered. My family and I got him at the shelter and he was fixed. He is quite manly, and you can tell which is the girl and which is the boy when you see my dogs. He is healthy, playful, doesn't roam(and never will), doesn't mark, doesn't hump. No plans to breed him. I will more than likely neuter any future males I get.

But alot of the issues associated with certain behaviors can be corrected. Its ultimately your decision. Every dog is different, but I would wait until he is 1 1/2 to 2 years old.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Well I personally don't neuter males and have NEVER had a dog that humped, marked, roamed, or was aggressive. However, if neutering is important to you 18-24 months is the consensus on a good time. They are done growing for the most part at this point
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Ive never had any problems with my males growing properly and I neutered them early. My mixed breed grew to be a solid 90lbs at his best, and is now 145lbs, overweight. Our other males also did not have any problem achieving optimal weight. If your dog is dominant, humping will occur even if they are fixed. As for marking, we had a male that was never neutered and he never did that. I think its more about how well you train them and their personalities.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Is there any truth that when neutered, a shepherd becomes very rounded like a pig?
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No.
Over feeding and lack of exercise makes them "very rounded like a pig". That can happen to any dog that is over fed and not exercised, as well as humans
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