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It's been a while since I last came on here. Caius is doing well and his parasite problem is all cleared up but his testicles have not dropped. He is 12 weeks old now and the vet said they should of been down by now. Our vet said he can't even feel them and if they haven't dropped by now then they probably will never drop which means surgery and we will have neuter earlier than we wanted to.

Just wondering if he is right. Will they never drop? Should they be down by now? How old were your puppies when they came down??

Here is a pic of my boy. No such thing as to many puppy pics ?
 

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There are so many threads on this. Most likely they will not drop. There is neutering or removing the retained testicle and leaving the other intact.adorable pup!!!!!
 

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We have a senior who was a cryptorchid....one normal -one retained....he was neutered between 1 & 2 years-i wish I'd waited until he was 3-ish.....but when vet mentions possibility of cancer I reacted quicker then I would today......I wouldn't rush into surgery---plus there's still an outside chance they may descend ...likely not but at 12 weeks I'd wait a long time in your shoes.


****also I thought they could do an ultrasound to locate them unless that's not in "vogue" in 2019 ??---and even if located and your vet thought there was no chance of them descending.....I would think the ultrasound may be useful later when surgery is done but as I've said before I'm just a pet owner
Again I wouldn't rush into surgery simply because a vet wants to
 

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Who needs testicles when you are that stickin cute!

Seriously though, they may still drop and either way as I understand you are fine to wait to neuter.
 

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Such a cute puppy!

Over the years, I've had two males that have had an undescended testicle. I had Levi neutered at around 2.5 years. He had no complications prior to or after the surgery. It was done laproscopically (by laser), and the healing process seemed easier than the traditional surgery on my previous dog. The way I understand, it's important to remove the retained testicle due to testicular cancer risk. My vet did not seem to have any problem with waiting until my dog was older before neutering, though I suppose there is a risk of testicular torsion. We did not experience any complications. If you don't want to neuter, you can find a vet who will remove only the retained testicle, but it is recommended that you not breed your dog because the condition can be passed down genetically. Good luck with your cute puppy. Hope you're having lots of fun with him.
 

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Thank you everyone for all your insight. Both of his testicles are retained at the moment. I called my breeder and he said it usually takes up to 7 months for them to come down, hope hes right. I am glad to know some of you still waited to neuter. My vet did say he wouldn't wait more than a year but I am praying they come down. We are going to do an ultrasound next month when he gets his boosters and rabies if nothing has changed to see exactly where they are.
 

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I wonder if 7 months is genetics.in certain lines.. think I heard 4-6 months...years ago talking to a show line breeder.time frame wise......the ultra sound will hopefully tell the tale...keep us posted
 

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Anecdotes aside, it's very unlikely they will drop, especially if the vet can't feel anything at all. You can wait to neuter until 1-2 years old, but I wouldn't wait much longer than that due to the risk of testicular torsion, which is painful and deadly (expensive, too).

I'm surprised the breeder said 7 months. My male had one retained testicle and I read all the anecdotes saying how this and that dog's testicle dropped at 5 months- but at this point this scenarios is unlikely. My boy's testicle never dropped, and the vet found it deep in the abdomen- it wasn't ever going to drop.

All my 8 week old male pups had both testicles dropped, if they were going to drop at all, and this is typical.

I wouldn't personally bother to ultrasound unless it was prior to surgery to save on time "digging" for the organ. Otherwise, it's likely to cost a bundle and only confirm what the vet said.
 

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The vet thought my puppy had one retained testicle at 3 months old, but he could feel it. He said if I had Dexter neutered, he wouldn’t have to dig to find it so it would be an easy surgery. The retained testicle ended up dropping at 4 months. But, again, my vet could feel it at 3 months old.
 

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I've heard four months is the cut-off. But I've also heard of dogs having them descend later. Right now, here, it is cold. Testicles go up when it is cold. Got to keep the sperm warm. I wonder whether pups raised from 1 month to 4-5 months in the winter, are more likely to have testicle dropping issues. I know he live inside, but that means, that relatively, it is even colder when the go out to potty than the dog that spends a lot of time outdoors. I think that is a wash.

Of course if you are in Floriday or Texas or somewhere where a dusting of snow once or twice in the course of winter is pleasant than that might not play into it at all.
 

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Anecdotes aside, it's very unlikely they will drop, especially if the vet can't feel anything at all. You can wait to neuter until 1-2 years old, but I wouldn't wait much longer than that due to the risk of testicular torsion, which is painful and deadly (expensive, too).

I'm surprised the breeder said 7 months. My male had one retained testicle and I read all the anecdotes saying how this and that dog's testicle dropped at 5 months- but at this point this scenarios is unlikely. My boy's testicle never dropped, and the vet found it deep in the abdomen- it wasn't ever going to drop.

All my 8 week old male pups had both testicles dropped, if they were going to drop at all, and this is typical.

I wouldn't personally bother to ultrasound unless it was prior to surgery to save on time "digging" for the organ. Otherwise, it's likely to cost a bundle and only confirm what the vet said.
Exactly!
 

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While I have had testicles drop late (like 4 months) on a couple of males, I figure if they are not down by 8 weeks they are not coming down especially if the vet can not feel them at all.
 

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Well if they don't come down it's good to know I can wait at least a year or 2. On top of all this he just broke his top canine tooth last night. We have an appointment this evening to get it checked out. Ugh.. This poor pup. Here is a pic of it...
 

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Is it a baby tooth?
 
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