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12-17-2012 09:41 PM
Freestep There are reasons to leave a dog intact until later, but they're not necessarily pertinent to every dog owner.

For extreme athletes, sport dogs, agility dogs, sled dogs, etc., testosterone strengthens and toughens the bones, muscles, and connective tissues, so it can be desireable if the dog is doing hard physical work. For the majority of pet owners who do not work their dogs, it's probably not an issue.

If the dog is neutered before physical maturity, his bones will grow quicker and longer, resulting in a slightly taller, leggier dog. The chest, neck and head on intact dogs continues to grow wider in maturity, resulting in a stockier, more "masculine" look. Neutering before maturity arrests these secondary male characterists. This may be a big deal to some, but not everyone cares about the size of their dog's head.

There are some cancer risks that are decreased with neutering, and others that seem to be increased with neutering. IMO, the risks sort of balance each other.

Neutering before maturity tends to take the "edge" off a dog, makes him a bit more compliant, and less likely to exhibit male behaviors like marking, roaming, challenging other males, etc. People whose dogs are doing bitework WANT that extra edge of aggression, so they leave their dogs intact. But neutered animals are generally easier for the average pet owner to handle and train.

The most important reason to neuter IMO is to prevent accidental litters. If you can keep your dog securely contained and do not allow him access to females in season, this may or may not be an issue.

My personal feeling is that neutering is a good idea for the majority of dog owners. It just makes things easier on everyone. If you are responsible and feel you are capable of handling an intact dog without EVER siring an unwanted litter, then I have no particular issues with leaving a dog intact.

Most pet owners neuter at 6-8 months, others wait 2 years, some don't neuter at all even if the dog will never be used for breeding. If I get a male pup, I will probably split the difference and wait as long as I can stand it before neutering; sooner if he's being a hormonal butthead, and later if he remains a gentleman, but I think I will try to wait at least a year.
12-17-2012 09:37 PM
GatorBytes Early Dog Spaying and Neutering Effects

Surgical Sterilization Could Reduce Rottweiler Lifespan

Common sense tells us, and research proves there are a number of health benefits associated with the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) produced by ovaries and testicles. These advantages vary with the age, gender and breed of each animal.

Halting production of these hormones through spaying and neutering has been found to increase the risk of certain specific diseases and conditions in dogs, including:
  • Hemangiosarcoma, a highly malignant form of cancer, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), and transitional cell carcinoma (bladder cancer), both sexes
  • Prostatic cancer in male dogs
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, both sexes
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections in females
  • Obesity, both sexes
  • Endocrine dysfunction, adrenal disease
.....Your dog should be old enough to be considered balanced both physically and mentally. Generally speaking, this balance isn’t achieved until a dog has reached at least one year of age. Although some breeds reach maturity faster than others, many giant breed dogs are still developing at 2 years of age.

Dr. Beker recommends....Talk with reputable breeders and other experienced dog owners, and consult a holistic veterinarian
12-17-2012 08:34 PM
Mikelia He's already quite big for his age and if he's just a pet I see no reason not to neuter him now. Genetics will determine his ultimate size and behaviour and neutering will only possibly stop testosterone related behaviour. It will likely make him a slightly more manageable and fun loving pup, and maybe his chest will be 1/4" less deep than it would have been but I doubt at his size any one will mistake him for a female. I'd neuter him now and get it done with and you never have to worry about it again
12-17-2012 08:24 PM
Sunflowers Hans's breeder and many breeders here I have PM'd all said to wait until 2, at the very least.

What you do is up to you, however.
12-17-2012 08:22 PM
GatorBytes The article only ref's before a year and the increases related to. A year is a guidline, not comparative to 8mnths vs. 1yr. a dog is still a baby at a yr. old. they don't stop growing until approx. 2 yrs.
12-17-2012 07:45 PM
Verivus If he's 8 mo old I don't think it will make a difference between choosing to neuter now or at 1 year. So just do it now if that's what you want to do. There would be a difference if it were between 8 months and 3 years. Personally I would wait, but either way your dog will be fine. Can he have a more feminine build due to lack of testosterone? Sure, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened since he's still got some maturing to do. Will it affect his "protectiveness"? I think that's more genetic then related to neutering.
12-17-2012 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by TommyB681 View Post
Neutering can cause some behavior problems to diminish. Will he be less protective not necessarily but some of the irritability and possible aggression when searching for a mate can diminish.
Lack of testosterone can make boy (dogs) easier to deal with yes
Think about it - in all farm animals not used for breeding, they are castrated and as young as possible.

What you'll have to do is weigh the potential problems with the benefits you'll see with neutering now vs. later.

In your case you have a few incentives to go ahead and do it now, not the least of which is cheaper licensing.

For the average pet owner, neutering/spaying is recommended in all cases.
12-17-2012 07:36 PM
TommyB681 Neutering can cause some behavior problems to diminish. Will he be less protective not necessarily but some of the irritability and possible aggression when searching for a mate can diminish.
12-17-2012 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by ZiggyRuffy View Post
I also read about dogs more prone to allergies. Is that due to neutering or could signs of anpllergies show up later in a dog's life?
Originally Posted by msvette2u View Post
Neutering has nothing to do with allergies, no.
Allergies can be hereditary, so if you purchased from a responsible breeder who only breeds the best of the best (which would mean no allergies) then you could be fairly certain your dog won't suffer from them.
Allergies could be hereditary, although wouldn't think that is the underlying problem.

Article about plus's and minus's so you can weigh the risks and make an informed decision. Also note under negative reason's to alter before a year old - increases risk of adverse reaction to vaccines - so yeah, there could very well be an allergy syndrome as a result. Protein allergies such as chicken or eggs, some vax. are grown on chicken embrios, beef - bovine serum, fetusis...the adjuvants in vaccines would relate to enviromental allergies - mercury, aluminum, formaldhyde amongst others..."allergies" are a symptom of the immune sytem gone awry.

neuter/spay article Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs
12-17-2012 05:56 PM
msvette2u I have never noticed a dog not be protective after neutering. That has nothing to do with hormones and everything to do with instincts and the underlying temperament of the dog.
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