I have a 5 month old chocolate lab puppy, Boulder!
We are having to decide when to get him neutered, and I am wanting to gain a few opinions before we make our final decision. Normally I would think 6 months would be the appropriate age, however, I have been reading a variety of articles that state otherwise. An article in particular, from the AKC, stated that it is better to wait until the dog is at least a year old, and preferably 18-24 months because that is when they are fully matured. I have read that there are long term health risks associated with neutering before 1 year of age.
Please provide me with some input, I don't want to do the wrong thing!
He also can't continue to go to doggy day care if he is not neutered once he turns 6 months
Lots of discussion on this if you search this forum.... Most say 18 months for a male.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
There are many different opinions based upon research but the majority of people on this forum encourage waiting until 18 months. Rescues do not necessarily agree as they see the many puppies resulting from intact dogs btu this shouldn't stop responsible owners from waiting.
Here's one of the links :-Canine Sports Productions: Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete
If you want further information then go to advanced search a the top right hand side of the page and simply enter "neuter" in the keyword box ! Enjoy the reading - there are a lot of these posts !
Last edited by Samson; 04-11-2012 at 07:17 AM.
Thanks everyone! I realized after I posted that there were other threads! I will be sure to check them out!
Yes, waiting is best. Unfortunately doggy day cares are so out of touch on what's proper that they do not want dogs over 6 months old that are intact. So if you NEED to use those services, you are going to have to make a big decision here. Will it really HURT your dog in the long run if you fix him at 6 months. No, probably not. But if you CAN wait, I would.