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When should I neuter my golden???

I was planning on waiting a year but my golden is 10 months old and he is very hard to handle sometimes. He listens only when he wants to, he is getting up in the middle of the night to go out, he is still biting when he plays with my kids. My parents are pressuring me to neuter him and I just don't know what to do. I also do get concerned about him running away if he smells a pretty little lady. Any advice would be great- this is not easy!!!
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You ultimately have to make your own decision. I personally would wait until 12-18 months depending on your breeders contract.
What I will say is that neutering will likely not fix the issues with attention, getting up at night and being mouthy with the kids. These are almost always training and/or communication issues.
If you feel being intact is giving him too much energy/drive you can address that with more exercise. A tired puppy is a good puppy.


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Neutering won't make a difference with those behaviours- he's just being a bit of a rebellious teen right now. It's his age, not his testicles. The only way to deal with that is to persevere with his training, and be consistent with what he's allowed/not allowed to do. He'll pull out of this phase!
As for when you neuter (if you decide to), there are a lot of opinions out there on that. There is also a lot of literature becoming available (do a search of this forum and you're bound to find threads with links to these studies). Whatever you end up choosing to do, please at least read up on if/when/pros/cons of neutering and make an informed decision based on the information you find. You can't go wrong if you arm yourself with the knowledge to make the decision!
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I have a four year old, intact male. He is crazy, loving, active and bouncy. He is the perfect weight for his size. My vet always compliments me on keeping him at his proper weight. He tells me he sees very few goldens of his age that are not overweight.

I attribute it to his not being neutered. He does get exercise, but I wouldn't say a LOT - he gets only the recommended amount of dry kibble and he does get some treats and table scraps.

I just feel that animals tend to gain weight after being neutered. I don't know if it's hormonal or ??

Anyway, he doesn't try to run away - we have a fenced yard but he is not overly aggressive about trying to get away.

It's just my vote - to keep him intact as long as you can and train him -- and remember that goldens stay puppies much longer than a lot of other dogs!

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12-18 months or longer. If I knew what I went through with Oakley now being neutered. I would have never neutered him. I have a Great Dane I won't be neutering him.
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Based on what you've said it sounds like a training issue to me as well, although of course it's hard to tell over an internet forum. I'd encourage an uptick in your training efforts over neutering.
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Neutering is not going to change any of the behaviors you mentioned, only training and maturity will.

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Our Max was neutered at 8 months. He was already over 90 pounds well into puberty. He was humping a lot and having some trouble with other dogs at dog park. The neutering definitely helped solve these problems. He is 3 years old now and has grown into a healthy, handsome boy. Even though he is neutered, he exhibits the normal adult male behaviors such as marking and even occasionally lifts his leg.

If you search the forum, you can find a lot of opinions about when, or if, to neuter. You will also find that many owners choose to neuter at around 10 months of age. I would suggest you do the research and make your own decision.
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Neutering is not going to change any of the behaviors you mentioned, only training and maturity will.


Completely agree with this. I am personally against neutering and all for being a responsible and careful owner. If you give your golden the proper training. You will notice a world of difference. Just my opinion
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Neutering won't make a difference with those behaviours- he's just being a bit of a rebellious teen right now. It's his age, not his testicles. The only way to deal with that is to persevere with his training, and be consistent with what he's allowed/not allowed to do. He'll pull out of this phase!
As for when you neuter (if you decide to), there are a lot of opinions out there on that. There is also a lot of literature becoming available (do a search of this forum and you're bound to find threads with links to these studies). Whatever you end up choosing to do, please at least read up on if/when/pros/cons of neutering and make an informed decision based on the information you find. You can't go wrong if you arm yourself with the knowledge to make the decision!
I should mention as well that for what it's worth, I chose not to neuter. I have a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old. We trained and disciplined our way through some of the problems you're encountering right now. It's temporary, so long as you get on his case about it and refuse to tolerate anything outside the bounds of what's acceptable in your family. Our boys are the only intact dogs we know, and although they're not perfect, they're the only dogs we hang out with who've received real discipline from day one. As a result, they're comfortable on every situation we put them in and people comment on how well behaved they are. So I don't believe their behaviour was impacted either negatively or positively due to their intact status.

We did have another golden who we neutered at 10 months due to him being chryptorchid ( sp?). His behaviour was not impacted by his neutering. Although he would gain weight easily if we weren't careful, I believe that had more to do with a thyroid problem than anything. We were easily able to keep him at his ideal body weight throughout his short life. He died at age 5, so I can't speak to whether it would've become more difficult to maintain his weight properly as he got older.


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