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Old 01-25-2010, 04:21 PM
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When to neuter?

I was just wondering when the best age to neuter is? I have heard so many different opinions..
Like,If I neuter Duke before heŽs 6 months old,he wont lift his leg,he wont hump,he wont wonder away on walks and heŽll be a wonderful calm dog.BUT,Ive also heard that If I neuter Duke before heŽs finished growing,he will end up being small for a male,heŽll get fat and his body wont mature or grow properly...

So Im lost! What do i do? Do dogs that are neutered too late end up being "markers" around the house? Do they hump? Are they aggresive? and do those that are neutered early (before 6 months old) stop growing?

I am obviously not going to breed Duke for obvious reasons.I have no interest in that what so ever and I have always fixed all of my dogs,but Ive also only had tiny breeds and all of them were done at 4 months old.

So,will someone please tell me what to do?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:37 PM
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Duke is very cute. He's going to be a big boy! Was mom a golden or a great dane? I'm anxious to see him all grown up!

Go to the top and type in "neuter" or "when to neuter" and you'll get a lot of old threads. Here are a few that can be helpful!

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=62347 (What is the youngest age to neuter?)

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=31124 (Advantages of Neutering)
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I would never have a dog neutered before he is 18 months old. They really need the male hormones to help them develop properly. The growth plates generally close around 18 months old. I have seen many males that were neutered around 6 months and most of them have much smaller, narrower heads and are lankier and sometimes even taller than dogs who weren't neutered until they were much older. We are having Tucker done next month just before he turns 19 months old and Tyson won't be getting neutered until he is at least 18 months. I would strongly suggest waiting as long as possible. It's much more beneficial for the dog. This is one procedure that I would not be in any rush to have done. The only real reason why most vets push people to have it done around 6 months is to prevent any accidental breedings.

We have had no problems keeping Tucker intact for this long. He does not mark inside the house and he is the exact opposite of aggressive. He is as gentle as can be with our new puppy and our cats. He is just a big love. Humping is not always sexual. It's a sign of dominance. Even our 10-week-old puppy humps. A lot of females hump as well.
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Duke is very cute. He's going to be a big boy! Was mom a golden or a great dane? I'm anxious to see him all grown up!
His mother is a Golden retriever and his father is the Dane I think he will be more like his mother in size,or maybe somewhere in between,but I dont think heŽll be as big as his father.Ive seen 5 week old Dane pups and they are HUGE!!! lol
Thanks so much for the links,Im going to see them now

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Humping is not always sexual. It's a sign of dominance. Even our 10-week-old puppy humps. A lot of females hump as well.
Duke humps too!! Hes only 5 weeks old.He has a teddy bear in his basket and he humps away every time he goes in there too sleep.We joke about it being a relationship that will never work! lol
The funny thing is,this teddy bear has been a favorite to all of my dogs..they have all (females included) humped it!

Thank you for the info!! I will deffinetely wait until Duke is 18 months old if thats whats best for him.
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We're holding off neutering Hank until 18 months for the reason stated above.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:04 PM
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I went by this article and had Griff neutered at 2. http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html

He only humped his blanket - not people and that stopped promptly right after he was neutered. He never marked in the house and he didn't get fat until AFTER he was neutered. He never ran off prior to neutering either.
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I would discuss this with your vet. I've read that neutering reduces the risk for testicular and prostate cancers. I've also read a study that showed rottweilers altered before 1 year were at a higher risk for bone cancer, yet there was no difference between the overall cancer rates, and the group of altered dogs in that sample lived longer (but I think that had more to do with the females). I think more research is needed in order to draw conclusions. I've also heard that intact males are more likely to be hit by cars (I guess because of a drive to go find a female).
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My male Golden, Marty, was neutered at 4 months. He was given a pre-anesthetic health screening and laser surgery. He was also micro-chipped at that time. The recovery was rapid and there was no change in his behavior. He doesn't have a scrotum, he doesn't hump - never has - and he has never lifted his leg when going potty.

He is a large, field bred Golden. At 3 years old, he weighs 80 pounds and is very tall. There is a picture of him in my album.

I hope this helps.
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We are also planning to wait until Oscar is ~18 months, for the reasons others have stated.

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He only humped his blanket - not people and that stopped promptly right after he was neutered.
Oscar is 6 months, and so far only humps his doggie bed, but ONLY when you lift it up to move it! It's like all of a sudden he gets a gleam in his eye, and goes for the big the giant blue pillow thingy... while sort of standing up... LOL! It's pretty funny, but kind of annoying when you are trying to move it into the other room...
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