I personally would try not to neuter a dog before he's 18 to 24 months of age.
I agree totally. I've heard it referred to as "locked in puppyhood" if they are neutered before then, and I have two 3-year-olds to prove it. They were neutered at 6 months and are still immature. One dog would make me question this, but having 2 brothers acting the same convinces me of this.Originally Posted By: Chris WildHormones are an important part of proper mental and physical development, not just reproduction. Therefore, I am of the opinion it is always best to allow the dog to go through puberty and fully mature before neutering. That means no earlier than18-24 months old.
I agree. I always tell people that it depends more on them than the dog.Originally Posted By: JKlatskyI think it depends on you and your dog. I think it depends on what kind of leader you are and how dominate your dog is towards people.
Jeesh! I didn't even need to post-that is exactly what I wanted to say.Quote:I agree. I always tell people that it depends more on them than the dog.
If you can wait until the dog matures, that would be ideal. If you will have trouble controlling your dog when an in season female is around or in the neighborhood, have him neutered before there is a litter of unwanted/unplanned pups out there.
Okay - sorry I brought up my experience in the matter.Originally Posted By: JeanKBBMMMAANBut our anectdotes on how our dogs act are really not valid in terms of meaning.
Originally Posted By: GrandJanI do agree that every dog is different, and absolutely agree (proof positive) that a dog should be neutered if the possibility of unwanted puppies exists.