Re: Neutering Confusion
Good points on all the posts.
I agree about not neutering before a year, whether it is male or female. The hormones aid the growth plates and help the dog develop.
I have had males neutered at 6 months and at 9 months. My current male pup is a year old. I see no difference in behavior, no male related issues at all. The hormones have no relation to his ability to protect you. My neutered males have been just as protective as the intact male is.
I think the vets are just taught that early neuter equals fewer "oops" litters and they endorse it for that reason. You can still respect your vet and disagree with his/her stand on this.
My contract requires me to wait until 12 months to neuter Havoc. My vet suggested 6 months also. I highly respect her and I simply explained to her that I was obligated under contract to wait a year and that I had no issue with him being intact. She never mentioned it again. I am neutering him in a few weeks, he will be just short of 13 months.
You can explain to your vet what your stance is on this and that you do intend to neuter at a later time and if they are a good vet they will respect that.
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