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    DefaultNeutering question:

    So Remy is about a year now and hasn't been neutered yet. We wanted to wait til he filled out a little and there was a possibility we might show him. Well, he's definitely filled out (he's a tank) and it doesn't look like we will be able to take on the time commitments for showing him.

    So, here is my question: what can I expect for changes in him if we get him neutered? He's my first male so I'm new to this. What can I expect from the surgery? Any reason we should wait longer? All opinions greatly appreciated.
    Melissa, Remy & Brooklyn

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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    I had Alfie done at 14 months...my vet told me the hormone would be out of his sytem within 6 months if not sooner. I noticed mostly in him that his aggression stopped..he used to growl at other intact males. He still marks alot outside but it doesnt affect his concerntration anymore.

    Also he filled out more when we had him done as he was quite lanky. Only thing is he still has his pouch.

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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    My goal was to wait until Baloo was at LEAST 18 months, and in all honesty, pending good behaviour I would have left him intact indefinitely (obviously that requires quite a bit of vigilance).

    However, he hit 15 months and had the hormone-surge-from-hell and started obsessively humping any other dog he could get near. I neutered him at that point and no more humping.

    Other than the greatly reduced sexual assault attempts and better focus in training, I noticed no differences in his behaviour at all. No, he most definitely did NOT "settle down", LOL!

    Overall, I think when to neuter is a personal decision that many factors play a part in.

    Here's a few good reads:
    http://www.akcchf.org/pdfs/whitepape...iesArticle.pdf
    http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf
    http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/con...ull/11/11/1434 (re: osteosarcoma, just skip on down to the "discussion")
    http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html

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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Thanks for those links!
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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Change in personality after spaying/neutering is generally a myth. I can't speak for everyone, but my dogs didn't change at all and neither did anyone elses dog I know, dog or bitch.

    I had mine fixed at 12 months. Would have liked to have waited, but for various reasons that seemed like the right time. In hindsight, I'm glad it was done then.

    Some say six months is too early, others advocate getting it done at 6 months. Others say 12 months, some say don't get it done at 12 months, do it at 18-24 months. Frankly, I don't think there is a right answer. Do whatever you feel comfortable with. I personally would have no issue with neutering a 12 month old dog.

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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Shane's breeder wanted us to wait till he was 18 months so he would have finished growing. He was just neutered in early September. The only change I've noticed is that he doesn't mark as often as before.
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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Everyone always says that a change in personality afterward is a myth. I disagree. Every dog that I've had neutered (4 now) changed ALOT after a couple of months. Completely calmed down and "grew up". I waited until about 14 months for both Tucker and Frankie. In both cases, the surgery went without incident and neither had to wear the cone afterward.




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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Everyone always says that a change in personality afterward is a myth. I disagree. Every dog that I've had neutered (4 now) changed ALOT after a couple of months. Completely calmed down and "grew up". I waited until about 14 months for both Tucker and Frankie. In both cases, the surgery went without incident and neither had to wear the cone afterward.
    I would put that down to age rather than neutering. Natural behavioural changes will occur as a dog reaches maturity (18 months +) regardless of whether a dog has testicles or not.

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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    I would put that down to age rather than neutering.
    Could be Rosie.....but Tango was 5 when we had him neutered and Sammy was approximately 7 and I noticed it in them, also.



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    DefaultRe: Neutering question:

    Bauer became a big humper a couple of months ago, and it seemed like the right time to do it. I have not seen him hump anything since the surgery (on October 23rd). . . and his ever-present "tip", as my kids called it, has all but stopped making appearances. It hasn't changed his personality at all (other than the humping). He still has the same amount of energy.
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