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I was just told by the breeder that we are going to get a puppy from that his testicles have not dropped. He is 10 weeks old. The breeder has a good reputation and the parents have all their clearances. Would this be a reason to not get this puppy? I was told that the surgery to neuter him will be more expensive because they will have to go up and search for the testicles to remove them. Do breeder discount their puppies because of this condition and if so, how much? Not sure what to do?
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This is my opinion as a veterinarian: if you bought the pup as a pet, retained testicles IMO are no big deal. At our practice, it is more expensive to neuter a male with retained testicles vs. testicles in the scrotum. Did you purchase the dog based on how much it will cost to neuter him? I wouldn't discount the dog because if it was sold as a pet, then it was to be neutered no matter what. I know Pointgold does not feel that way, and my mentor did discount or give some money towards the neuter... It will still be the wonderful dog you want. If you purchased the dog to show and breed, well that is another matter. I say, get the pup.

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I 110% agree with Sallys Mom. There is no reason to not get the puppy. The surgery is more like a spay since the testcles arent in the scrotum. There is still time for one or both testicles to drop, so it may not even be an issue by the time of a neuter at 24 months.
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I appreciate the input. I have only had female goldens, so this is a first for me. Just wanted to make sure that there were no other health issues involved with this condition. He is such a cutie!
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Then go for it!!!

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The puppy I am bringing home on Sunday also has an undescended testicle. In all other respects, he is the puppy the breeder chose for me. I have no plans to breed him so I wasn't concerned at all and still paid full price for him.
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My boy Maverick had both of his testicles retained. He had his surgery in May at 11 months of age and it went fine. He had two different incisions but they healed up fine. He is the sweetest boy and I have no regrets. Good luck!

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I appreciate the input. I have only had female goldens, so this is a first for me. Just wanted to make sure that there were no other health issues involved with this condition. He is such a cutie!
there are only other health issus involved if you don't neuter in a timely fashion. Don't wait until he is 3 or 4 to neuter... you are going to want to do it fairly early as retained testicles can lead to cancer if they are not removed... but if you neuter prior to a year which most people do anyway then you are fine.

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If this is a great breeder, you love the litter and the puppy, and the pup is being sold as a pet, go for it! Surgery for retained testicals will not be a traditional neuter since the testicals are located in the abdoman, but it really is not a cause for concern if the dog is to be neutered anyways. Yes, the surgery will be more expensive just because the testicals are not as accessible. You should also know that there is still time for the testicals to decend. Also, you do not want to hold off on neutering a dog with retained testicals as there is a much higher risk for the dog to develop testicular cancer.

Jade did not have scrotal testicals at his vet exam with the breeder. When we brought him home, I could palpate them, but they were not sitting down in the scrotom all of time. As of now (16 weeks), I can safely say they are both definitely there!

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The testicles can actually be in the inguinal canal and sometimes under the skin, as well. Frequently they are found by the bladder.

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