At the vet today, she told us that we will neuter him at 5-6 months of age. I had planned (and think I still do) on waiting until at least 12 months, based on what I have read, and our breeders advice (who is also a veterinarian). Why would she recommend 5-6 months to neuter?
I believe 5-6 months is when the equipment becomes functional. If you wait longer you run the risk of producing pups.
As a kid I had a lab collie mix who fathered a litter at 5 months. The vet said no way but those pups sure did look like my Cyrus.
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Vets recommend neuter at 6 months because they have adopted a stance that considers the big picture of reducing the serious problem of unwanted animals in shelters first and what's best for the dog second.
It's much better for your dog, from a developmental perspective, to be fully mature before you desex. Most reputable breeders with require you allow a dog to be 12-18 months before neuter. BUT - that requires vigilance on the part of the owner of the puppy. If you can't commit to vigilance and not allow your dog to breed you should neuter at 6 months.
There is an orthopedic benefit and dogs desexed as puppies will physically look different than those allowed to mature (leggier, longer, narrower skulls).
There are many very lengthy discussions about this on the board - just search and you will get the whole detailed discussion with links.
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Just wait. And if your vets fight you on it, take your money elsewhere.
Do as your breeder asked if they backed it up with science.
Most vets want you to spay/neuter early because it will save you $$$ and not add to the over population of dogs.
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