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    Default Desexing my Male Staffy

    Hi there,

    I am new to this so I hope I'm doing this right..

    I am wondering if desexing my 4 year old American Staffy will change his muscle development and bone density?
    I know that exercising him will need to become even more of a priority to keep him strong and maintain his natural muscle but I don't want desexing him to affect him negatively.

    Can someone please give me a honest opinion?
    I am desexing him for health reasons.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Desexing my Male Staffy

    At 4 years old, desexing will not change his muscle development or bone density - maybe at 4 months old, but definitely not 4 years

    There is absolutely no way that desexing will negatively affect him, but the list of positives toward desexing is huge!

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    'josefio4346' - You said that you were de-sexing for health reasons - Can you please say what the health reasons are ? It may help others to make a comment.



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    Desexing does help prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems...

    At 4 years old - I agree with KM - not going to make a lot of difference to his structure since he's done growing.

    If you're doing a dog version of body building - it might affect him but you'd have to check with your vet about that - I think that the body building thing (weight pull?) - is the same for male and female dogs so balls not required.

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    Plus I think there are way more important things (like a dogs health) than having a muscular dog

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    I desexed both my male working sheep dogs at 22 months old and they are both lean, strong boned and muscular and very fit and healthy.

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    Im new to desexing dogs. Its not normal to desex males in UK. Im now in Aus, where unless your a breeder, you desex.
    So, as im contaminated by both cultures now. I sit on a fence and wait. If i dont need to desex, i dont.

    I want the high level drives that are often missing in desexed males castrated early. I have only ever owned 1 bitch, which to my way of thinking, have many health benefits from desexing.

    As i have large dogs. I wouldn't consider a desex till 2 to 3yrs of age. To allow the growth plates to set. Depending on the breed, most are 'done' by 3, and certainly by 4yrs of age, as your SBT is. By the time my dogs are 2-3, the drives are so well established/trained/reinforced that the desex doesn't make a difference to the drive. Much like a habitual dog humper, desexed after a year of doing this, will continue to do this post desexing due to habit.

    But if you ask a vet, he'll desex a large breed at 3months, or earlier even, and swear to you, there is no scientific evidence for keeping them intact. We disagree on this. And a few other matters, like tick treatment for dogs in Victoria? where there are no ticks.

    My reason for desexing has been i live near a breeding pair of dingos, and she's ripe! when in season, and my dog would dig/plough/climb to get at her. A Rottie out unsupervised causes concern in the community. So to protect my dog, i desexed.

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    I am not convinced that drive is affected hugely by castrating. I know quite a few male agility dogs castrated between 6 months and a year with drive to spare. My own BC is incredibly high drive and honestly I dont think castration would have altered that and certainly didnt when I did him at around 22 months. His mother is also incredibly high drive. Desexing at 6 months old certainly never decreased the high drive of any of my past bitches. I do agree however that it is best to wait especially large breed dogs but more from a bone and joint growth point of view.

    This dog is fully mature so if he needs it for medical reasons I dont see any reason for not doing it.

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