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    Default my 10 week old pup only has one testicle :(

    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
    Last edited by zedandme; 02-20-2011 at 12:29 PM. Reason: mistake

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    If he dose not drop both defently notify the breeder & he should go on a limited reg not full. Get a vet to have a look as they is a few different reasons this happens & some arte fixable. No matter what the cause is the breeder should be notified & if he was sold at full reg price he was over priced.
    I would give him 12 to 18mths as long as his behavour dose not make desexing a must before hand.
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    thanks crazydog. someone suggested asking breeder to pay for his op as it will cost me more than a normal desexing... do you think that is fair?? i really dont know what to do. he cost me $1800 on main reg.

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    At 10 weeks it doesn't mean he only has one testicle.

    They can float up and down for months yet. Some dogs pull them back up if you try to touch them to feel.

    Has he been to the vet about it? Your vet can tell you how far up the other teste is and if it has a chance of descending. If it is all the way up in the groin then the 'cord' would not be long enough for it ever to decend, but if it is closer to the scrotum but just doesn't want to come all the way down then there is a good chance he will be fine.

    If the vet says it has a chance of descending then give it until about 4 months and then I would think about desexing.

    I would also definitely tell the breeder! They need to know that one of their dogs is producing monochidism as it is hereditary.

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    thanks. he has seen the vet about it, she was the one who noticed it when i took him to get his vaccination the other day. she said it should be there by now but wait to see what happens in 4ish weeks when he is due for his last vaccination.

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    Hi Zedandme

    The jury is out on when the best time for desexing is. If he's only meant for a pet, best is before he can "accidentally" get any bitch pregnant.

    My dog was done at 8 weeks old. AWL do all their dogs before they adopt them out so if they get puppies they do them at 8 weeks, and they can be adopted out after that.

    There are some studies that suggest that early desexing affects bone development and you get a taller narrower dog than you would if you desex after.

    The studies are a bit each way about whether or not it improves behaviour ie reduces humping but anecdotally - several people have told me it does and I have seen improved behaviour in the dogs (less humping). That's in the males. I don't think it does much for the females behaviour ie if they were grumpy before and getting away with it, that behaviour is not likely to change after.

    And a desexed dog needs 1/3 less food than a whole dog. That's why so many desexed dogs are fat. Their owners don't cut back their food.

    You could ask the breeder about how long you could expect to wait for the testes to descend. They might all be late.

    You could also ask a different vet. But I think like Crested said - it's too soon to tell.

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    My vet will not desex under 6 months of age.
    The females were desexed then but Bandit, at nearly 16 months of age is still entire. I wanted to wait for maturity. My personal choice as there is nothing here that he can impregnate and I will do it when I get around to it but it will be done as I wish to avoid testicular cancer that happened at age 10 with Shadow. We got it all and he lived a further 4 years.

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    ive just gone through the puppy pack ive got from his breeder and in there is a health check report from the vet which was done the day before i picked him up.. everything on the page including 'urogenital system' has been ticked cleared and appears normal... and vet has written under general comments "in excellent general health" maybe it was too soon to noticed both testes werent there??

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedandme View Post
    thanks. he has seen the vet about it, she was the one who noticed it when i took him to get his vaccination the other day. she said it should be there by now but wait to see what happens in 4ish weeks when he is due for his last vaccination.
    Ok, then you need to notified breeder now & let her know if it dose not come down in the time the vet recommends you will be needing his rego down graded to limited reg & you repayed the difference.
    As Creasted said it can be genetic but I will add not always as it depends on the reason behind the testie not coming down. But either way the breeder needs to know & you need refunding as the op dose cost a lot more than a normal male desex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedandme View Post
    ive just gone through the puppy pack ive got from his breeder and in there is a health check report from the vet which was done the day before i picked him up.. everything on the page including 'urogenital system' has been ticked cleared and appears normal... and vet has written under general comments "in excellent general health" maybe it was too soon to noticed both testes werent there??
    I've had vets miss heart mummers & herneias so a missed testie would not surprice me. But at 6wks it can be abit hard to tell on some pups to be fair.
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