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    Nuetering/speying doesn't actually change their personality.
    For males it will only make them less likely to escape and go walk-abouts and show aggression to other intact males.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    We recommend between 4 and 6 months of age, before they actually become 'sexually' mature. Large to giant breeds are encouraged to be done between 6 and 10 months, because majority don't even have their first heat till they are 12-24 months old.
    Desexing a female before her first season almost completely elliminates the risk of her getting mammory cancer.
    Funny you should say it that way MYF..
    I was at the Vets today discussing this very subject... My Vet basically said the exact same thing..
    But as Kirri will be mated, we have concurred that Kirri won't be mated till she is close to her 2'nd birthday providing no health issues surface... That should not be a problem, as Kirri's and Kuro's health checks have been excellent so far, and both have good health in their bloodlines... Kirri and Kuro will get the more extensive health checks closer to just before her mating season.

    think i went a bit OT... sorry..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    Funny you should say it that way MYF..
    I was at the Vets today discussing this very subject... My Vet basically said the exact same thing..
    But as Kirri will be mated, we have concurred that Kirri won't be mated till she is close to her 2'nd birthday providing no health issues surface... That should not be a problem, as Kirri's and Kuro's health checks have been excellent so far, and both have good health in their bloodlines... Kirri and Kuro will get the more extensive health checks closer to just before her mating season.

    think i went a bit OT... sorry..
    Well we can't exactly force them too do anything

    Do Kirri and Kuro's breeder have a website? I'd be interested to have a look.
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    Frosty is medium sized at 23.4kg (today got weighed again and despite being on a diet for a few weeks now - has only lost .1kg hmm) She ate a gladwrap sandwich, I digress...

    Frosty was desexed at 8 weeks old. I suspect she's going to be a permanent puppy like dog. Rolls over for everybody but she does like having her tummy rubbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Well we can't exactly force them too do anything

    Do Kirri and Kuro's breeder have a website? I'd be interested to have a look.
    No, Tim does not have a Website, But he does have a facebook page..
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    Thanks so much everyone, seems I was pretty much on the right track! Will help if I get into a similar discussion again (which I'm sure I will lol). Although I think I'll give the lady a call this afternoon when I get home to fill her in on your replies!

    ...ahhh, it's so good to be able to run things by you guys when I'm not sure about something!

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    Yep, the forum is the most magnificent sounding board IMO.

    Re, Myf's comment above that it doesn't change their personaility, I would agree with that comment to a huge degree. However Grey's, it can change their behaviour at times for the better. Please note the word 'can.' Cheers.

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    De-sexing had a settling effect on my setter. No more seasons which means no more ups and downs, which the majority of bitches have.

    While in season bitches can be adverse to other dogs/bitches sniffing their rears.
    They can be more sensitive to people touching their rear.
    They can become dominant and sexually mount other bitches, growl at dogs and then later accept dogs.
    An entire bitch can be more dominant regardless of being in season or not.

    Dogs (males) are in season 365 days of the year, again de-sexing can have a settling effect for the obvious reasons, including dominance over other dogs. More necessary to some breeds than others. I must say having an entire male Whippet that has had a mating is still a wonderful pet. Whereas I found all Kelpies and my mother Chi's to be less so. And by this I mean their need to mark their territory and be forever on the lookout for the next possible mate. Possible leg cocking close to the house etc. My Whippet boy is still as clean as ever.

    That's what I meant by my Setter "grew a brain" she was no longer subject to the above possible fluctuations. It didn't make her more or less affectionate to humans, but it made her more predictable to manage for want of a better word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Re, Myf's comment above that it doesn't change their personaility, I would agree with that comment to a huge degree. However Grey's, it can change their behaviour at times for the better. Please note the word 'can.' Cheers.
    Yep I would second that. IMO it usually makes them less inclined to do those things that are hormonaly induced, cause, well they haven't the need lol
    If I have a client with an entire dog who has issues like marking or aggression it is a good idea to get them desexed. While desexing does not fix the problem it does make it easier to deal with

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    Over many years I have also noticed a difference in a dog's (bitch or dog) ability to focus on it's master/leader (whatever you all call it) to a far more loyal degree once de-sexed. Other hormones/instincts are not raging through it's body, therefore the only thing it concerns itself with is owner.

    Don't know if I worded that well, hopefully you'll get what i mean?

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