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Thread: Dog Neutering... Before or After Maturity??

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    I think it is a little young for the final decision on a undescended testicle. If it is a true one then it is better to neuter earlier then later, because it can cause cancerous changes> if I had this problem I would neuter my dog on or soon after six month for that reason.
    Other wise, because i gave giants, I wait till 18 month -24 month. But as was said before you can get lots of info either way. i won't take a risk with giants. I have had quite a lot of dogs and never an accidental copulation. I am very cautious and strict in that department. we have had male dogs that have never been neutered, but we are always with our dogs or they are contained.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedandme View Post
    hi guys,
    so looks like my boy only has one testicle (unless it drops but doesnt look promising unfortunately ) so he will be getting neutered at some point.
    ive done a bit of research on pro's & con's of desexing before and after maturity and i think id prefer to wait until about 12-18 months before he gets the chop.
    what do you guys think about this topic, id really like to hear what others think??
    also my pup is pedigree with papers, should i contact his breeder regarding this?
    thanks
    With "normal" dog I would definetely wait until dog reaches maturity, however dogs whos testicle(s) are left inside might develop some health problems (infection, tumor...) so I'd check with vet in regards to how long you should wait. You can also have testicle surgicaly taken out, but you shouldn't breed that dog as it is hereditary condition.
    As for the breeder, you can contact him, but I don't think you can do much about it. Although it's hereditary, sometimes these things just happen.
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    I reckon you need to give it a few more weeks, but definately talk to the breeder - if they are reasonable they should be very interested to have the info. and may have more light to shed on the situation - family history, etc. Also it will ultimately effect both his rego and the price you paid. Plus, as you said, the op could be more expensive too.

    On when to desex - I reckon a minimum of six months, provided you can be sure that the dog is not going to be a nuisance, either behaviourally or reproductively. I do think in some dogs it has a huge effect on behaviour and in others, not so much. I think it allows a reasonable amount of normal growth and development.

    For example, with my current dogs, I had one dog castrated at eight months and he wasn't showing any signs of humping, leg cocking or wanting to challenge other males/flirt with females. His sister was done at the same time and she hadn't shown any signs of sexual behaviour either. I recently took in their brother (they are all rescues from a friend who fosters) and he is now nine months. He is showing all the signs of the undesexed dog - leg cocking, hassling bitches he doesn't know, humping, dominance to other dogs. Then I have an entire Standard Poodle who will be one in March and he is incredibly polite to all our dogs/bitches, all those he meets and is only giving leg cocking a go after we have had the other entire male (kinda funny cos he overbalances a lot of the time and just resigns himself to a squat, lol). Every now and then he tries to hump the boss dog when he gets way overexcited and the boss dog moves and just gives him a 'look'. He hasn't humped any other dogs/bitched to date. He is going to be used by the breeder in the next year or so and there is no need for him to be castrated at this stage. I do think there is an argument for leaving dogs entire if they are going to be properly contained and they don't show any problem behaviours - I guess a lot of dogs would get frustrated though and there is the argument for reducing repro cancers. I guess the issue with bitches is that they need to be kept away from the world while they are in season, which could also be managed well.

    I get why shelters have to desex early - they have to think worst case scenario and be responsible for what they preach against, but I do personally like to wait as long as possible before it becomes an issue.

    With bitches, I feel the ideal is to avoid the first heat.

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    Let us know what happens next with your boy.

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    As others have said, contact the breeder as it may be genetic.

    But wait it out, as testicles move around a lot when they're little.

    I had a dog with an undescendent testicle, and I waited until he was about 18 months before having him desexed. His testicle was in his groin (not in his abdomen) do it was not a hugely invasive procedure.

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    I would suggest desexing this dog before six months (same as any dog): finding the testicle is no big deal. If its in the abdomen, its not likely to come out in that time anyway. Its really important to desex dogs in this case.

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    It would be fair to ask the breeder to pay the extra it may cost you at desexing, not the lot as you intend to do it anyway,
    If a vet actually ticks a box, it should mean they have checked, true we can all miss things, but checking a box on a puppy when there is a chance of a problem is not really good enough, it boils down to miss-representing the puppy accidental or not.

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    At six weeks a lot of pup's testicles are hard to find.
    If you want to be sure about these things get your new puppy checked by the vet before you take them home. Its too late to find out at 10 weeks when you have bonded with them for weeks.

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