My 6 m/o Shepherd Zeus has an appointment on Dec. 17th to get neutered and I'm curious to know some of the benefits. This is my first male dog and really don't know what to expect. I know neutering will prevent him from leaving the yard to find bitches in heat and developing testicular cancer but are there any behavioral changes?
Males neutered @ 6mos. are less likely to develop the 'nasty' habit of marking, and are easier to deal with in general, for the average pet owner (like myself and probably you).
We left our boy intact a little longer, I think he was 14mos. or so at the time of neuter, but he never became a butt-head teenage boy in the hormone department.
He's a perpetual puppy so never even noticed he was neutered.
I don't even want to do it to Rocco. I'm still contemplating. However, my vet suggests that if you're not going to breed (and I'm not), you should neuter. Those that use it (breeding) don't tend to develop problems (cancer) like those that are not bred.