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    Default Best time for Desexxing?

    New female puppy owner,
    I have had conflicting advice from the local pound and also our local vet on when we should have our girl done.
    One says as close to 6 months as possible, one says 12 weeks.

    What is the general consensus here?

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    I'm not getting Mojo done till he's about 18 months old at least.
    Big dogs need time to fully develop first. Well so my vet and Newfsie (my internet mentor ) reckons. Thats good enough for me but others have diffrent ideas.


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    I would go 6months, I had my old dog desexed at 6 mths, I think that is the general approved age. Oskar isn't desexed yet, and I am not sure if we will end up getting him done, however down the track we are looking at getting another dog, and we will more than likely get a female, who will most definitely be desexed!!

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    I'd say 6 months too. 12 weeks is far to young.

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    We've been told to bring our puppy to be desexed at 16 weeks - but she is from a rescue, they usually desex earlier than is normal.

    Most bitches come into their first season around 6 months - it's preferable to get her done before that. Might differ slightly for rotties, I don't know.

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    I think i will book her for 5 months. Just to be on the safe side.
    I also read somewhere that earlier is better? So different to cats? I picked my beautiful cat up desxed at 8 weeks...

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    Vets usually say 3 months. With my cleo though they wouldn't do her till four months. Every vet is different.
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    My kitty came desexed at 12 weeks. I didn't get my two desexed until they were both around one a half. Generally dogs can start their first season anywhere over a year old. Bella was 10 months I think for her first time.

    Larger breeds I thought you should leave until they are a little older and have finished growing?

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    I personally don't like large breeds desexed too early.

    If you got her from a breeder what did they recommend. At what age do their lines come into their first season.

    For instance most sighthounds have late seasons, first coming in between 12 to 14 months of age so I recommend 9 months for my puppies. Keeping a bitch contained if they come into season before desexing is not difficult, but it seems many people do not know when their bitch is in, though how they miss it is beyond me, especially the large breeds, quite a bit of blood.

    Regardless I wouldn't want to desex a large breed prior to 6 months at the very earliest, preferably older, toys breeds need to be done earlier.

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    If your dog was from a shelter - they desex from 8 weeks old... Frosty was desexed at 8 weeks old. But that's not ideal if you want to do dog sports, or you have a large breed dog - as it can affect bone and joint development

    So for the big breed dogs - Rottis are big - ask your breeder what they recommend and go with that. Or if they don't have an opinion - 6 months or a bit older would be better. Like the others said - it is possible to manage a season - you just need to be really careful about keeping your bitch where no other dogs can get at her - which means a dog proof cage/house with a roof and dig proof walls and floor. 2metre fences are not good enough. Sometimes 3m isn't enough either. Hence need a roof. And someone else mentioned the bottom part of the run needs to be fine enough mesh that a dog penis will not fit through (they're so clever when they're horny and the bitch often helps).

    For dog sports - they talk about 18 months - so a female border collie might have a couple of seasons in that time.

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