We adopted our pup when he was 7 months old. We got him neutered pretty soon after we adopted him. The previous owners said they didn't neuter him because waiting until he was older would make him more masculine. Is this accurate?
Yes, it is very accurate. Most people prefer to wait to have a dog neutered until he is between 18-24 months old. They really need to have the hormones to help them mature physically. A lot of vets recommend neutering around 6 months of age, but that is only because they don't want to risk the dog accidentally impregnating a bitch in heat. When you neuter at a younger age, the dog will usually end up not filling out as much as he would if he wasn't neutered until at least 18 months. Intact dogs usually develop a much broader, blockier head, fuller chest, etc. I firmly believe in waiting until at least 18 months to neuter so that they have plenty of time to mature. The growth plates close around 18 months of age.
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