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What age to neuter a golden?

Charley is 6 months old and I have read many things about neutering. I've read to neuter a golden from 18-24 months. At what age did you neuter your golden? Also, are there advantages to waiting until they are older? Any help would be great!


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From what I understand, puppies should be neutered around 6 months. Franklin (our Yorkie) was neutered around then, and Tucker has his appointment in two weeks - he will be 6 months. I'm not sure what the advantages are of waiting until they are older, but the rescue group we got Tucker from required that he be neutered by a certain time.

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Waiting till they are 18-24 months has to do with the growth plates closing and them reaching maturity. I know there are other reasons too, but can't think of them off the top of my head. I'm sure someone will see this and give you a much better answer than I!!!
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I too had planned on having it done at 6 months but the more I read on this forum I changed my mind. I think there are distinct health benefits to waiting until at least 16 months.
My Vet suggested 6 months too but as long as we don't have any unforeseen problems, we'll wait.
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I to am neutering at 6 months with much hesitation. I would love to wait( i do believe there are great benefits of waiting) but with 2 other male dogs and murphee being the aggressor i believe it is my only choice, to keep some peace between them. Otherwise i would wait. Plus my friend waited until her gr was 16 months to neuter and a longer healing time, he past away at 5yrs old from cancer. The choice is not easy, please do your own research, there is a lot out there.
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I had Vinnie neutered at 6 months but there are really good reasons to wait. It was just my personal choice.


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I do not neuter at all but if one wants to, I would suggest waiting until 18-24 months with 16 being the absolute earliest

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

The Negative Aspects of Neutering Your Pet
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Georgia is 9 months now. I'm waiting until after her first heat. There is research that says the additional hormones released during the heat cycle help down the road in fighting cancers or boosting the general immune system. The research is rather new though and not conclusive. There is also plenty of research that says the more times a female goes to heat the more likely she is to get breast cancer. So for me I decided allowing one heat session was the right compromise. I also like the reasoning around the growth plates mentioned above. All that said it's a personal choice. Not having her neutered yet is an inconvenience in using certain establishments.... And guarding her against Suiters!
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We had Buddy, our first golden, neutered at six months of age, but at that time, which was 12 years ago, we didn't know of some of the benefits of neutering later, and followed our vets recommendation.

Over the past year, I have read a lot on this forum, and a few other websites about the benefits of waiting. I have also found this excellent article by Ronda Hovan (see below). Our breeder also recommended waiting. If I remember correctly, she prefers to wait until the dog is at least one year old.

DH and I talked about when to have Finlay neutered, and decided that unless there is a problem, we are going to wait until he is about 18 months old.

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Tayla was unfortunately spayed right before we got her at 4 months, too early IMO, but even worse my boss just got a 10 week Goldendoodle that was neutered just before she got him. That is unbelievable to me.


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