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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-16-2008, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I am hearing all sorts of different opinions on this

The Vet says 5-6 months
I think that is early

What I have heard is that if you do it too early that you stop the harmones that tell the dog when to stop growing So I thought I would ask you guys what is your opinion.

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Re: neutering

That is way to young he needs to develop 2 years minimum

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Re: neutering

I think that most Vets will advocate early spay & neuter. Our breeder contract with Myrika was not to spay her prior to 18 mo, or it would nullify the health guarantee.

We spayed our Goldens at 6 mo and I wish we had waited - although they are the picture of perfect health for the Golden Retriever breed...size, shape, weight, hip/joint health, skin/coat, eyes, etc.

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Re: neutering

My trainer neutered his GSD as a pup (6-8) he grew Tall and skinny
which I hear is common if they don't get fully developed

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Originally Posted By: littledmcMy trainer neutered his GSD as a pup (6-8) he grew Tall and skinny
which I hear is common if they don't get fully developed
I've seen some Goldens that are taller than typical, with really long legs and always wonder if that is what happened...early altering.
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Re: neutering

Why neuter? I mean what are your reasons for neutering?

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Re: neutering

You know the reasons. LOL, with some many available for adoption we do not need another 10,000 litters or more.

The Milwaukee Humane Society just took 1,200 dogs (not a mis-print) from a so called back yard breeder. Placing the dogs is going well, but they are finding many of the females are ready to give birth. So spaying/neutering in this case is a most.

However, weird as always I will never allow a GSD that a get from a reliable breeder to be neutered.

As for my rescue dogs, yes.
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Re: neutering

My GSD got spayed when she was 1 year old. I personally have no problem with speutering at the age of 6 months (but below 6 months is too early for me). In fact, if I got a puppy I'd have it speutered when it was 6 months.

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Originally Posted By: selzerWhy neuter? I mean what are your reasons for neutering?
1. To avoid unhealthy and/or dogs that don't fit the breed standard from contributing unhealthiness to their breed.
2. To try to control pet overpopulation. As others have said, there are way too many dogs in shelters right now. They need homes.
3. In females, you get to skip the messy heats.
4. Neutered males are generally easier to handle than unneutered ones.
5. According the HSUS, speutering your dogs give them more health benefits.

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Re: neutering

Please note that Cookie is a new member and is in an area/state where there are HUGE amounts of PB GSDs in the shelters and not a matching number of responsible pet owners.

IF I were able to control a male dog in terms of exposure to females, never left him out unattended and felt I had the relationship with him where he could listen to me 100 percent, I might hold off until they got older-with the hormone thing-but not OLDER. And would still do it no matter what. As far as # of months, I don't know.

But if I couldn't do all that, and there was any chance of a hookup (considering I couldn't make the female's owner spay terminate) I would snip b/t 7-9months.





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