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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Need quick answers - Odin, 4 months old - Should I neuter?

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Ok, here's the deal. I made an appointment to get Odin (GSD pup) neutered tomorrow morning. He is 4 months old, and weighs about 38 lbs. I've been reading that its not good to neuter your GSD until he reaches maturity, at a year old or so. I've read a lot of positive/negative comments on it, and I'm just not sure what I should do. I heard neutering a pup can stun his growth a bit. Is this true?

I have another male dog named Buddy. He just turned a year old and he's been neutered for quite some time now. He got done at 5 months old I believe. Could there be dominance issues if I leave Odin intact for a bit longer? I just need some guidance here guys, and quickly. I have the appointment tomorrow morning, so I just would like to know what you guys think before I bring him in, if I do.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 09:03 PM
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Look it's entirely up to you. This is the kind of decision that depends on you the owner. If you can't handle it...go ahead and neuter. If you can, wait.

Personally I don't like to neuter until maturity- around 2yrs. Although I actually have yet to neuter any of my dogs- so they are all intact. I've never had a problem, although they do grow up. In regards to the dominance issues...it seems to depend on the personality of your pup. Is he dominant by nature? There are plenty of dominant dogs that are neutered as well as intact dogs that are not. Much of that depends on the in born personality of your dog and your management of leadership of your dog. I have not found being intact to have overly much to do with dominance in the pack- with the exception being when my female is in heat.

Neutering will not stunt the growth. In fact neutered males tend to be taller and a little lankier than their counterparts. What an early neutered male will not develop is the Secondary Sex characteristics in the neck and shoulders.

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Is there any reason why are you getting him neutered so early, he is extremely young. Most vets recommend 6 months although I think that is still too early.

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From an older thread - poll on age to neuter https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ring-poll.html

IMO, 4 months old is a little young, still a pup. I had my guy neutered at 15 months, no issues with dominance before or after.

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There are positives and negatives to having it done early and also waiting. In the end it is up to you.

I tried to wait as long as I could for my female and plan to do the same with my male.

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My pup was a rescue and done at 4-ish months.

Its your call. If it was up to me, I probably would have waited until about 6 months to neuter.

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The earliest I've ever neutered was 15 months and my vet won't neuter or spay until 9-12 months at the earliest ever. I would wait a minimum of another 5 months before reconsidering
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I would wait as long as you can...but try to make 12 months or more a goal.

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IMHO four months is too early, I'd wait till at least six but idealy a year.


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Alright guys. Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for the replies. I really, really appreciate it. I'm so happy I'm a part of this GSD community. You guys rock!

Were going to hold off on neutering him, till hopefully a year old, maybe even longer depending on how he does.

Again, thanks so much guys!!
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