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Old 11-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When we purchased the puppy from the breeder we agreed to have the puppy neutered because we had no intentions of breeding ourselves and wanted to prevent any unwanted pregnancies so we paid less and our AKC registration card says that we are neutering.

Well it was brought up by our trainer who has many many years experience as a GSD handler that we shouldn't neuter even if we don't plan on breeding. And I see her point of view and she made good points which I agree on for the most part.

But my concern is that our friends have a Doberman girl that is a few weeks older than Porter (our GSD) and they love to play together, our friends plan on breeding so they are not spaying their girl and I just don't want to be surprised one day with puppies.

Does this mean if they play together in our backyard I need to have my eyes on them every minute to make sure theres no humpin going on lol? Or is she only able to get pregnant when she's in heat? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She will only be able to get pregnant when she is in heat. Courting looks a lot like play and sometimes you don't know until you know unless she is cued into watching her well for signs of heat.

Many folks keep the males intact until they are fully grown and developed physically and emotionally and others prefer to neuter young. There a LOTS of discussions on that topic her to weed through.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Beware of a 'silent heat', though. Personally, I wouldn't let them play together once their dog is 'of age' unless their female is wearing a diaper. Especially if they're playing together unsupervised and you're not sure what to look for.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok, thanks for the suggestions and info. Im still on the fence but leaning more towards waiting, It seems like health wise that would be the best way to go so we'll see =)
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Many folks keep the males intact until they are fully grown and developed physically and emotionally and others prefer to neuter young. There a LOTS of discussions on that topic her to weed through.
If I were you, I'd do it at around 7-8mos., you'll have some of the benefit of waiting but also prevent him impregnating the Doberman.
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You gave your word to your breeder and signed a contract that you would neuter your dog. Then again I'm a bit old-school.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You gave your word to your breeder and signed a contract that you would neuter your dog. Then again I'm a bit old-school.
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so we paid less and our AKC registration card says that we are neutering
Yeah...there is that.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree that you should neuter because you agreed to do so via the purchase contract.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What does your contract say?

If it says your dog needs to be neutered before a certain age, you need to do it before then. Your word should mean something.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you neuter him around a year of age, he will have had the benefit of the hormones during most of his growth, and you are still honoring the breeders' contract.

A lot of people neuter around 8-9 months, as that is about the time that males start realizing they are male, and some suffer from what we lovingly call "testosterone poisoning".
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