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07-11-2014 12:45 PM
Cassidy's Mom Nikochic, if you plan to neuter him I'd wait until maturity. There's no rush to do it now. I neutered Keefer at 15 months old.
07-11-2014 12:38 PM
wolfy dog On a forum we just share our opinions, not so much that someone should or shouldn't do x, y or z (fill in the blanks). All our opinions are meant for others to form their own opinions in order to make their own decisions. Just MHO
07-11-2014 12:20 PM
DobbyDad And dome people on here seem to always say to neuter and ignore posts about the lifestyle and not take into consideration that if the pet owner is on here they are probably not the average pet owner. If you are not worried about him getting out because you are a responsible owner as you sound to be, then you should wait.
07-11-2014 10:56 AM
my boy diesel people on here like to advocate for leaving pets intact without taking into account a persons lifestyle
the population as a whole is not responsible enough to own intact animals
just because one persons dog hasn't gone looking for a girlfriend does not mean if your neighbors dog is in heat your male wont go nuts and injure himself trying to get to her
if you live in an apartment and there are other intact animals there may indeed be issues
i mean there are a ton of factors and the fact is that people have been altering their pets for ages and they rarely go on to develop issues related to spay and neuter
dogs live on an average up to 12 or 15 yrs
for gsds to live beyond 10-12 is very rare
there are billions of happy and healthy altered pets out there and for every health study that says altering maybe might cause problems i can find dozens more that say altering is just fine for them
if you are an average pet owner you should alter your pet
07-11-2014 10:25 AM
wolfy dog I just like the males to remain intact because they were born that way. Same as I prefer not to have dogs with cropped ears or docked tails. The only exception would be health issues. Many vets portray intact males as fighting machines, with only sex on their minds. I have had several intact males and never any of that because I trained and managed them. Just go look at shows where all the dogs are intact.
And then there is the excuse for preventing testicular cancer, which is not common.
Despite all the neuter and spaying, there is still a huge overpopulation of dogs, caused by people who are irresponsible. I consider people who do spay and neuter to be responsible and would also be if their animals were intact. I lived in an European country for several years where most dogs were left intact, yet there is no overpopulation, nor did I find puppies in shelters. Mostly older dogs or problematic ones instead. Females in heat are kept at home, simple as that.
07-11-2014 10:16 AM
Galathiel I have always spayed/neutered early (6-9 months old) in the past. I will say that it did cause my GSDs to be taller and rangier and my male never developed a really masculine head. Could have been just them.

My current pup is 15 months old and still intact and I have no plans to neuter him at the moment. It hasn't affected him ... at all.
07-11-2014 09:34 AM
GSDAlphaMom [QUOTE=my boy diesel;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[/QUOTE]

I have 3 intact males and none have ever 'gone looking for a girlfriend'.
07-11-2014 09:28 AM
Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
You can still wait till 24 months to neuter if he has a retained testicle. I don't see how waiting 6 more months is going to make a difference. It needs to come out but is not that time critical. My boys retained testicle will come out this year he is 4 years old.
My Vet was very clear that we shouldn't wait longer than 18 months to neuter because the ball can heat up in the abdomen and cause more issues (at least I am pretty sure that's how he said it.)
07-11-2014 09:23 AM
Originally Posted by nikochic View Post

So... are your dogs neutered? What age did you have it done? If it was done before maturity, were there any side-effects?
It is your decision. For 30 years I have had dogs and all have been spayed or neutered. Not one has died from spay/neuter related issues.

The males all had full male features. My Buddy was neutered around 4 months.

Full male features. He recently was put to sleep for issues unrealated to netuering at nearly 13 years old. The puppy in the picture with him I just had neutered at 6 months.

07-11-2014 09:07 AM
Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
I neutered my male GSD, Sinister, when he was 15 months old.

I have to neuter my male Dalmatian when he is 18 months old because only one of his balls dropped, I wanted to wait until he was 24 months.
You can still wait till 24 months to neuter if he has a retained testicle. I don't see how waiting 6 more months is going to make a difference. It needs to come out but is not that time critical. My boys retained testicle will come out this year he is 4 years old.
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