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View Poll Results: When do you spay/neuter or do you keep them intact?
I neuter males under 6 months of age 14 5.07%
I neuter males 6-12 months of age 51 18.48%
I neuter males 13 months-2 years of age 43 15.58%
I neuter males over 2 years of age 38 13.77%
I never neuter my males 86 31.16%
I spay females under 6 months of age 19 6.88%
I spay females 6-12 months of age 74 26.81%
I spay females 13 months-2 years of age 41 14.86%
I spay females over 2 years of age 32 11.59%
I never spay my females 39 14.13%
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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My husband is worried about him marking everything. I had a shepherd mix that I never did neuter (and unfortunately sired a litter - which I take full responsibility for because I thought the female was out of heat and I left them together) and he marked everything all the time, especially inside the garage (never in the house though). I've heard that having them neutered doesn't always mean they won't mark anyway.
Lots of information to think about before the time comes, I guess.
My male GSD has never lifted a leg to anything, my friend's unaltered male has never lifted his leg to anything. The 1.5 year old male GSD/Husky mix that I used to have was unaltered for the 4 months that I had him and he never marked in the house.
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Rocky is neutered, Kopper is not. They both mark fence posts and trees outside. Neither marks anything inside. It's actually kinda nice because if you're travelling and need them to go potty you can take them next to a tree and they'll go automatically.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:18 AM   #23 (permalink)
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My husband is worried about him marking everything. I had a shepherd mix that I never did neuter (and unfortunately sired a litter - which I take full responsibility for because I thought the female was out of heat and I left them together) and he marked everything all the time, especially inside the garage (never in the house though). I've heard that having them neutered doesn't always mean they won't mark anyway.
Lots of information to think about before the time comes, I guess.

I've seen neutered dogs mark all over the inside of a house before, some intact males will do it and some won't. My Dobie is 22 months old and still intact. The only time he has ever marked inside was when I was living with a roommate who had a Giant Schnauzer that was in heat. My boy lost his brain for a little bit and believe me, I was real close to taking him in for "brain surgery" at that point! Aside from that issue he has never marked inside and he has lived with many intact and altered dogs of both sexes. You can always buy a belly band for your dog when the time comes
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:20 AM   #24 (permalink)
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My male GSD has never lifted a leg to anything, my friend's unaltered male has never lifted his leg to anything. The 1.5 year old male GSD/Husky mix that I used to have was unaltered for the 4 months that I had him and he never marked in the house.
Man, my female husky marks trees and bushes outside like a male dog! I don't know why but seeing female dogs mark like males just agitates me, lol.

eta she is 5 years old and was spayed at around 8 months!
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:20 AM   #25 (permalink)
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So for just a "pet", it's ok to neuter early... if it doesn't matter to you how they fill out later? There are no health reasons on when the best time is?
Yes - we neuter all the dogs coming out of our rescue and they do just fine with it, no matter what the age.
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I've seen neutered dogs mark all over the inside of a house before,
I had a Pomeranian that was neutered at 8 months and his marking in the house, outside the house, on beach towels/coolers at the lake, ever car tire, tree, telephone pole, flower... need I go on? He drove me NUTS! I told my hubby that obviously fixing a male doesn't cure that!
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My husband is worried about him marking everything. I had a shepherd mix that I never did neuter (and unfortunately sired a litter - which I take full responsibility for because I thought the female was out of heat and I left them together) and he marked everything all the time, especially inside the garage (never in the house though). I've heard that having them neutered doesn't always mean they won't mark anyway.
Lots of information to think about before the time comes, I guess.
Some boys do and some don't, but as a general "rule" sexual maturity will tend to bring on that behavior. And it won't go away if it's already set in place at the time of neuter.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:26 AM   #28 (permalink)
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As far as marking in the house goes, one of my males is neutered, the other is intact and neither of them ever mark in the house. They know that's a Name:  nono2.gif
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I had a Pomeranian that was neutered at 8 months and his marking in the house, outside the house, on beach towels/coolers at the lake, ever car tire, tree, telephone pole, flower... need I go on? He drove me NUTS! I told my hubby that obviously fixing a male doesn't cure that!

Should have just peed on him and ended it right then and there! Show him who's boss!

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should have just peed on him and ended it right then and there! Show him who's boss!

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