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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Lilimic, Mar 26, 2011.


  1. Lilimic

    Lilimic PetForums Member

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    Ok so this is probably widely argued and im assuming everyones views will be different. Lennies 6 months next week and on the advice of the vet he's doomed to be castrated on the 8th of next month.

    Pros- protect him from testicular cancer, stop him from straying and going out looking for some bitches (sounds more comical in a street american accent), obviously stopping unwanted knocks at the door with ppl telling me im the proud grandmother of 40 pups!.

    I can understand it's a good idea for him to be done at some point. But now i've booked him in, i've had ppl say, 1)He'll stay a pup for much longer 2)He's not cocked a leg yet and will pee like a girl for the rest of his days. 3)It will calm him down 4)It will reduce the growth hormone and maybe increase chances of problems with bone development.

    Question is do i do it now or later? :S
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  2. Devil-Dogz

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    In my opinion later. I believe a dog should be mentally and physically mature before neautering.
     
  3. Lyceum

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    I did both mine at 6 months. Neither had cocked a leg, Bailey did start cocking his leg about 6 months later, Novak still doesn't.

    But what does it matter how they pee?

    I don't see the point in waiting tbh. If it's going to be done, 8 months is as good an age as any.
     
  4. rona

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    I do think it depends on the eventually size of the dog, if it's a toy dog then they would be quite mature at 6 months, however yours is a large breed and unless there are any other problems such as humping etc. I would be inclined to leave it as long as possible
     
  5. Devil-Dogz

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    Even with toy breeds I wouldnt. Physically they may be mature, but some are not as fast maturing mentally - I guess you just need to know your own dogs. :) Good luck what ever you decide.
     
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    I wouldn't until after 12 months for a small breed, and 18 months for a larger breed to make sure they have grown physically and emotionally.
     
  7. Lilimic

    Lilimic PetForums Member

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    I think in my heart i've known the answer, Lennie is just an overgrown puppy!!! He needs to do a lot of growing still and maturing!(Scary when a 3 stone puppy is trying to jump on you!:eek:)

    So no im not listening to the vet this time and i'll go with my instincts, too soon.

    Thanks all for your help in making my mind up.:thumbup:
     
  8. Nelson

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    Our pup is six months and 5 1/2 stone :eek: with some growing to do too...

    Personally, I will be waiting until he is 12-18 mths until the big snip!

    I would like to see him cock-his-leg first though :D
     
  9. Lilimic

    Lilimic PetForums Member

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    I want Lennie to cock his leg too! Fed up of stinky wet paws when he pee pees on them!:rolleyes::
     
  10. Lyceum

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    Please ignore my earlier post, I hadn't realised yours was a large breed. I know they take much longer than small/medium dogs to mature. All dogs I've had have been fully grown by 6-8 months and this I've done mine then.
     
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    First of all lol at the street american accent, :)


    Secondly I would wait for all the reasons previously discussed. :)
     
  12. swarthy

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    Unless there is a good reason for it, I am not a big fan of neutering males - health wise - there are potentially more risks - particularly if done young.

    If you are going to neuter, I would wait until he is physically mature so around 12 to 18 months.
     
  13. Acacia86

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    My vet said Leo will be 'ready' for castration at 6/7 months. But thats only in medical terms!

    He is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and for him to be fully mature your looking at about 18-24 months.

    So breed dependant it varies, but 6/7 months is so young for any dog.
     
  14. Mum2Heidi

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    Definately the right thing to do. I would leave it as long as possible and not put an age on it to be honest.:D
     
  15. Malmum

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    Well done you. Can't understand why the vet's in such a rush. If done too young he can retain puppy like behaviour and it can affect bone growth and lead to orthopaedic problems later in life. Had Flynn done at 18 months and still think it was a little too soon for him as Malamutes mature quite late, Marty was done at three and no probs with him at all. Flynn's still a little immature though and a right mummys boy - Kali's his mum and he sticks to her like glue, lol! :eek:

    Can't understand why vets vary so much in their opinions on neutering, I mean they all took the same courses/exams! :rolleyes:
     
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    Henry was 14 months (he's a working cocker spaniel). I wanted to wait until he was physically grown first.
     
  17. swarthy

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    Just thought I would add to this - while I don't neuter my dogs because they are shown - my eldest boy is 2.5 - he still pees like a girlie and really is like a bumbling teenager - he lives with 5 girls, and never tries humping them unless he knows they area ready for mating (when obviously he is kept well out of the way) - but we do get a fair lot of whinging during 'standing times'.

    If I was going to neuter him, I would still consider him too immature.

    My other boy is just 6 months - he hasn't even realised yet that the girlies 'smell nice' when they are in season - so no way on this earth would I consider neutering him.

    My OH reckons they are both oppressed from living with too many women (and I suspect he includes himself in that :rolleyes:: :lol:
     
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