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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-08-2009, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Too neuter, or not to neuter...

Stark will be 6 months old on Saturday and I am planning to wait until he is atleast 2 years old before I neuter him, but I am having doubts about even doing it at 2 years old.

I have no intentions or interest in breeding so that is not the issue.

I have read so much conflicting information and research about the pros and cons of spaying/neutering that my head is spinning.

In my contract with my breeder it states that he is not to be bred, but it doesn't say anything about having to be neutered (which is what I thought it stated, but I pulled it out and it doesn't).

Has anyone else had doubts over this? What was your decision in the end? and why?

I would really appreciate some feedback from those who have decided NOT to neuter their dogs and what challenges or health issues have arised (if any).

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

There's currently a thread about the pros and cons of neutering:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...=1#Post1213055

You may want to put on some Kevlar and a helmet. It's a bit heated in there.

But I think you'll find it informative.
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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

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Originally Posted By: 3K9MomThere's currently a thread about the pros and cons of neutering:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...=1#Post1213055

You may want to put on some Kevlar and a helmet. It's a bit heated in there.
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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

Yes, I took a look last night/this morning and I think I will stay over here for a bit....

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

If you do neuter him I would wait until he is 2

That is all I am going to say cause I have an intact boy

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...



I got Kramer from a humane society and neutered him about a month after I got him when he was about a year old. We enjoyed, truly enjoyed, 15 years together. We spent so much time out and about, and when he was (finally) reliable, off lead around lots of distractions. There may have been intact females in heat, but I don't know that. I never had to worry that there would be little Kramers, and he never seemed to miss out on anything either. We were free to do what we wanted within local laws and ordinances but I never allowed him to go farther than my voice.

He lived until he was 16, robust, vigorous and healthy until the last 5 weeks, happily overseeing a pack from age 9 on. I never had to do rotations or limit anything in his life. He was as free as a dog owned by a super neurotic could be.

I think that is a gift I can give to them-others feel totally differently. Same with the girls-over say 12 years, they don't have 2 months a year (2 years total, 1/6 of their life) that they have limitations. If you are going to breed your dog, well, yeah...of course! But if not...

I realize you asked for people who have decided NOT to neuter, but wanted to explain, beyond the supposed health issues either way, the propaganda, etc, why I feel I get so much, all the time, and so few limitations with my animals, for the very limited time they are with us.





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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

Well, if you wouldn't do it before he's 2 years old anyway, at least you have plenty of time. You don't have to rush into a decision, one way or the other.

Personally, I'm one who won't neuter just for the sake of neutering. From what I've read, the risks seem to greatly outweigh the benefits and for my lifestyle, and my dogs, it's not a necessary procedure.

We've always had males and only one of them was neutered. (That was my Alomar and we had him neutered at 5 years of age because he developed an enlarged prostate.)

All our other males remained intact their entire lives. There were never any health issues due to their being intact and I can't think of any particular behavioral issues because of it. We never had any of them try to escape, they weren't crazy or out of control around females, no marking in the house... nothing like that.

I did have some issues here with Gunner and Riley (who are both intact) when Riley reached maturity and wanted to challenge Gunner. Would we have had a problem if they'd both been neutered? Maybe, maybe not - I don't know. I considered neutering both at that point, but fortunately we were able to work it out without having to resort to surgery, which may or may not have helped anyway.

All you can do is take your time, educate yourself as best you can and make the decision that's right for you and your dog.

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

I have no problems keeping intact animals.

I see no behavioral problems that people use to encourage neuter.

I personally feel that intact is healthier. I believe the hormones are there for more than just reproduction, and unnecessary surgery is an unnecessary risk.

I am also probably the reason the other thread is so heated.

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...99#Post1223199
This thread^^ is a good reason why people should not take breeding so lightly.

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Re: Too neuter, or not to neuter...

I do not think breeders take breeding lightly. There are risks that we face in order to have dogs that are not produced by uncaring, unethical people in squalid conditions and sold by people who know nothing about them.

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