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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-07-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me when I should get Rex neutered? I had heard 4 months now I read on here 2 years so I am very confused and just want to do what is best. He is an indoor dog goes out with me for exercise and gets along great with my 5 year old rescued spayed female doberman.
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Re: Neutering Question

Did I post this question in the correct place?
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If you are sure you are capable of keeping him from reproducing, I would wait until he is at least 2yo or not neuter him at all. I would NOT do it at 4 months no matter WHAT the vet says!

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Re: Neutering Question

here's a site with some information
http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dog-hea..._benefits.aspx

I know I've had one vet say wait until at least 2 if ever and another who advocated neutering at 6 months.

From what I've read and heard, I agree with waiting until at least two years old if you can control your dog (prevent unwanted pregnancies).

Makes sense me that the dogs need their natural hormones to develop properly .

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Re: Neutering Question

Having another dog in the house and him being an inside dog will he not start marking before 2 years?
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Re: Neutering Question

Depends on the dog. IMO, marking in the house is more of a housebreaking "issue" than an "intact male" issue.

My male is intact and will be 10yo on the 29th. He has NEVER marked in the house even when sharing it with 2 other intact males. Not even when Siren was in heat did he EVER even attempt to mark in the house.

My males littermate "Butch" used to live here too. HE DID attempt to mark in the house ONCE. We had a "come to jesus meeting" and he NEVER did it again.

If you are asking about him marking OUTSIDE, then he probably will. But as long as it is outside, who cares.

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Re: Neutering Question

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Quoteepends on the dog.
Depends on the dog AND the owner. Do NOT tolerate this behavior. IF you live with others, spouse, children , roomies etc, be certain <u>nobody</u> tolerates it.
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Quote:HE DID attempt to mark in the house ONCE. We had a "come to jesus meeting" and he NEVER did it again.
Exactly! Dog AND owner.
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Re: Neutering Question

I agree with the suggestion to wait until the dog is at least 2 or don't have it done at all, as long as he isn't allowed to roam.

I have a 7 year old intact dog who has been bred several times who lives with intact females and he doesn't mark in the house. My family always kept intact males as pets when I was younger and they never marked either, even when we had three living together. There is a lot of propaganda out there about intact animals and benefits of altering. Most of what you read is very one sided, half truths or outright lies intended to sway people into altering their pet. The Animal Rights movement has made spaying/neutering PC to shelters, the general public and even pet professionals such as vets, trainers and groomers using this propaganda over the past couple decades.
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Re: Neutering Question

My vet recomended to have my boy neutered as soon as everything dropped. We had it done at 4.5 months. He healed very well with no complications. I dont know much about the controversy of waiting longer....but I trust my vet and she said the younger the better for large dogs, so that is what I did.

Our old dog (non-gsd) who is 14 was neutered at 4 months old as well....and he has never had any issues.
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Re: Neutering Question

I heard the big reason is testosterone helps build bone and muscle mass. That said, I had Otto done right after his first birthday. I was starting to see some behaviors that lead me to believe he'd start cruising for chicks soon.

Also, his breeder has a strict policy about not registering the dogs until they are sp/neutered

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