My golden just turned a year old and has started humping other dogs, the cat and my husband a lot. He also just starting lifting his leg outside and I'm worried its just a matter of time before he tries to lift inside. Our plan was to neuter him between 1 1/2 and 2 years old when his growth plates have closed up and he's filled out more. A lot of the vets I've talked to say for a large breed dog it is best to wait until this time period because when it is done earlier it delays the closure of the growth plates and can make them leggy and more at risk of things like hip dysplasia since they growth unproportionately. So I don't know if I should try to wait and just deal with the humping....we make him stop right away. Also, he is a small golden at only 52 pounds so maybe it wouldn't make as much difference as to when I neuter him at this point. What are your opinions? Anyone neuter early and still end up with a proportionate golden?