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11-28-2012 07:25 PM
msvette2u 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
11-28-2012 07:15 PM
ilovware Is there any truth that when neutered, a shepherd becomes very rounded like a pig?
01-06-2011 10:17 PM
vicky2200 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.
01-06-2011 09:49 PM
Zoeys mom 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
01-06-2011 09:20 PM
Jessiewessie99 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.
01-06-2011 09:02 PM
Samba Neutering is not a magic behavior fixer.

I wouldn't neuter until the growth plates have fused. Xrayed my boy recently and his were not completely fused at 17 months. I have no plans to neuter him though.

He doesn't roam, hump or mark.
01-06-2011 08:44 PM
DJEtzel Frag is 16 months and intact. I see no reason to neuter at this time. I *may* in the future to show him and for an incoming female pup, but if I get a male, I will not be neutering him.

He's healthy, doesn't mark, doesn't hump,loves all other dogs, and doesn't "roam". His recall is great.
01-06-2011 08:32 PM
RubyTuesday Djibouti is 3 & intact. I'd initially planned to wait until 2 per his breeder's recommendations, but he's so ever loving sweeet & easy, I've decided to keep him intact. He's not permitted outside unattended to prevent any fence jumping in the pursuit of hot bitches. I'm not going to breed him, I just think it's probably beneficial to keep him natural. My vet is supportive of my decision, but then he's never cared for early speutering.

IF there was any chance of him hooking up with an intact bitch, he'd either be neutered or get a vasectomy. My Siberian Husky from years back was an escape artist. IF I had it to do over with him, I'd still have him neutered. IF I ever again get a Sibe, I'll probably opt for either neutering or a vasectomy b/c they're notorious escape artists & even though I've Husky proofed my place, I wouldn't take a chance with one of those canine Hoiudinis. I've known waaay too many Husky owners who *thought* they'd escaped proofed their house, yards, kennels only to be proven wrong...sometimes again & again.
01-06-2011 11:52 AM
bunchoberrys I had Kane neutered at 12 months. No problems health wise. He has filled out quite well. As you can see, he is still quite "the manly" looking dog even at 90lbs.

01-06-2011 11:40 AM
Stosh My vet wants me to wait until Stosh is 16-18 mos at least, but before 2 yrs. She believes that the dog benefits from the hormones for muscular and skeletal development. In her opinion, neutering after 2 yrs comes with some potential complications. He just turned 12 mos and I haven't had any problems at all, so I'm definitely going to wait.
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