Charlie is 9 months old. Our vet recommended that we wait to neuter him until at least 12-18 months if at all.
Growing up my family had a male Rough Collie that my parents never even considered neutering. Charlie does not have any behaviors thus far that I am seeking to change so other than the obvious of not wanting him to procreate, I don't see why I even need to consider putting him through it.
Would the experienced owners on this forum give me what they believe as the pro's/con's of neutering?
Thanks in advance!
I agree with your vet. If you search the forum you will find a lot on neutering. here is one I found(it is old so I wouldnt comment on it) https://www.justlabradors.com/forum/l...-thoughts.html
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
one shouldn't neuter to "fix" or "curb" any behaviours. Any "issues" that may pop up (marking, dominance, humping) are all training issues. And awesome to hear your vet has researched enough to give you the best advice (waiting until the dog is mature) - most vets recommend 6 months!
There are pros and cons, some health issues are improved by neuter, others are possibly made worse. Some kennels and doggy daycare won't allow dogs that are intact. I find some neutered dogs don't like intact males so some dog-dog interactions can become interesting.
If you feel you can take the appropriate measures to ensure no "accident's" happen then there is nothing wrong with leaving him intact - but it is an extra responsibility. It requires extra precautions.
THis link is to a post from another board but it lists a lot of interesting articles on the topic.
Neutering Articles and Information
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Logan and Landon were neutered just after 6 months.
You SHOULD neuter...but if you can wait until 12-18 months, that would be better.
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Personally I feel neutering young is okay and I have neutered my pet dogs between 7-9 months just about the time they are getting hormonal. I have left two dogs intact for show reasons. I finally had the one neutered at age 5 and the other one is still showing.
"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one"
Your vet is correct. Wait until 18 months.
When To Spay When To Neuter
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I believe in neutering but definitely not before 18 months. My vet won't even do a lab before that age and prefers you wait 24 months. He is very firm on this issue and has happily sent patients to other vets that disagree with him and insist on an earlier spay/neuter. It was one of the 1st things he went over with us at our well puppy check during the 1st week we had Maxx.
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Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
I've been researching neutering for a year now. I'd decided to wait at least until 18 months for Bean. He's a great dog, no behavior problems. An occasional "look" in his eye and I tell him not to even think about humping, and he won't.
But...he's recently become very interested in the cat! And while he doesn't run away yet, he certainly has the desire to explore outside the yard. It seems to me that neutering will reduce the frustration he must feel, being unable to do the wild thing. I had considered leaving him intact, but if he's so desperate that the cat looks good, it seems kinda cruel to keep him in a state of frustration.
I don't expect him to become fat and lazy or to obey telepathic commands, but hopefully he'll be less distracted by lustful thoughts and happier overall.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky