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Old 07-10-2014, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Neuter now, or wait til he's mature?

I have a 9 month old GSD. Ever since he turned 6 months old, people have been nagging me to get him neutered (I have a friend who's an animal control officer and I get an earful every time I see her...).

I've been researching to see when the best time to neuter is. Some say 8 weeks. Some say 6 months. Some say 18-24 months.

I've heard that some dogs that are neutered too early grow to be too tall and lanky. Others say this is a total myth and a dog can be neutered as young as 8 weeks and it won't affect their growth. I dunno what to believe.

He has no behavioral problems and I'm not worried about him getting loose and siring a litter because he's never out unsupervised or off leash, plus I live in the country and the only person who lives near me has a spayed female so it's not like we're surrounded by intact females to torture him when they're in heat lol.

If I knew for a fact that there were no cons, I'd have it done now... I just don't wanna do something that I'll regret.

So... are your dogs neutered? What age did you have it done? If it was done before maturity, were there any side-effects?
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest that you do a search on the forum for neutering but this is a good thread to get you started

Best age to spay or neuter?

At the present time, my male is intact and I wont neuter any more male dogs unless there is a health reason. HOWEVER, my yard has a double fence, he is not left outside if I leave the house, and he is trained.

Living in the country means you have coyotes (probably) and they have been known to let a female in heat go "lure" out other dogs for the pack to kill (we the eastern coyotes are not so much like their solitary cousins out west).
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"friends" tend to have their own opinions, often not the ones you share with them. I don't understand why the issue always seem to come up between friends. I get emails with articles about neutering from friends, but he is my dog and the jewels are here to stay. I walk my own path and let them walk theirs.
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Please read the article below, lots of great info. Know the facts...Waiting to spay and neuter does not contribute to pet overpopulation. Poor ownership and management techniques DO contribute to pet over population. Be RESPONSIBLE whatever decision you make on this subject.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...neutering.aspx
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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mmm, maybe never?
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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our pup was neutered at 9 mos due to increasing dog aggression and it has taken care of that issue
he has no ill effects
if you visit dog parks you will want to neuter
if your yard is not fenced or you have a tough time containing your boy then neuter

your living situation should dictate your need to neuter your pup
he is very nearly mature sexually and will be looking for a girlfriend if he is not 100 % contained 100 % of the time
and no off leash dog parks
ever if intact
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Thanks for the answers everyone...

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our pup was neutered at 9 mos due to increasing dog aggression and it has taken care of that issue
he has no ill effects
if you visit dog parks you will want to neuter
if your yard is not fenced or you have a tough time containing your boy then neuter

your living situation should dictate your need to neuter your pup
he is very nearly mature sexually and will be looking for a girlfriend if he is not 100 % contained 100 % of the time
and no off leash dog parks
ever if intact
To be honest, I don't like dog parks and wouldn't take my dog to one even if he was neutered. Yes, I have a fence and no I don't have a tough time containing him.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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we would wait if we could but 6 1/2 month old rambo just got neutered monday. he and his 1 1/2 year old sister go to doggy day care everyday and they have to be fixed at 6 months to go. mommy works there so they go for free. he got fixed at the same time as our 9 month old female cat, at least he doesn't have to be a conehead alone. we fixed the cat 'cause she wouldn't just shut up for once or stop peeing on the floor, or the bed. we have 2 dogs and 2 cats, all altered.



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mmm, maybe never?
I agree but is personal preference. Its your dog so your decision.
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