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I got Maverick neutered at about 5.5mo. He is quite tall now, but I can really tell he's been packing on muscle the past 2-3 weeks(doesn't look lanky anymore, though he never really did). He's always been submissive and very kind, but lately (and it's just a phase) his patience with other dogs who don't leave him alone isn't as long as it used to be. He's also tried humping last week a few times, but I think he was doing some "monkey see, monkey do". And as a man, it hurt me even a little to bring him in for the procedure, but as soon as he came out he was as happy as dog as can be, just with a cone LOL!
You're going to hear about 10 different answers regarding neutering or not. Ultimately, it is your decision. I sought the advice of my vet, fellow owners at the dog park, and all the great members here at GRF. I decided to get him fixed at 5.5mo because of my own busy schedule and doing so at that time allowed me to monitor him for the full 10days of little to no physical activity. I figured if he had to suffer, I might as well been somewhat miserable with him. They were quite a boring 10 days, but we got through it.
Use the search about neutering and you'll get a bunch of information, all of it quite helpful. There are pros and cons, but imo, the pros outweighed the cons. Some people here stand their ground for either side and both have great arguments, but it all comes down to you. He's your dog, he's your responsibility, and you need to decide what's best for him.
And just to make you feel better about the "big strong protector", Maverick barks at almost any person he doesn't know he sees walk by our house, big boy bark too. I see these strangers scurry by a little quicker after hearing him LOL