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Originally Posted By: 4workingdoghome

-Assuming it doesn't drop, will it affect his personality or physical development in any way (I found an article online that stated some dogs can be "grouchy" because of it...sounds a little weird)
No, it won't affect development or personality. There will still be plenty of hormones for him to develop normally.


Originally Posted By: 4workingdoghome
-How likely is it that the testicle will drop within the first year (my vet says very slim chance)
I've heard of them dropping as late as 6 months, but generally if it's not down by 10-12 weeks it's not coming down. At only 7 weeks, it still might.

Originally Posted By: 4workingdoghome
-Can I still compete in Schutzhund if I chose to?
Yes!

Originally Posted By: 4workingdoghome
-Can I keep him intact until he's 24-36 months old without upping my risk of cancer?
With retained testicles, it's the retained one that is at higher risk for cancer. It *might* be ok until 2-3 years old, it might not.

If it were me, I would do surgery to remove the retained one pretty soon, but leave the other. Then finish the neuter at 2-3 after he's fully mature. That removes the cancer risk as soon as possible, while also ensuring he's able to develop normally otherwise (plenty of hormones will be produced by the regular testicle).

Problem with this is that removing a retained testicle is much more invasive, and thus more expensive, than a regular neuter. And of course, doing 2 surgerys is going to be even more expensive. Many breeders will discount a cryptorchid pup, or contribute money toward the neuter, because of this. So might be worth asking your breeder about.

Originally Posted By: 4workingdoghome
I'm assuming I can't show him in German Style Conformation, even if the testicle does drop at some point. I have zero interest in ever breeding him, I would just like the opportunity to experience GS shows.
Correct. Cryptorchids/monorchids and neutered dogs are not allowed in conformation shows.
 
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