Riley is 6 months old and one of his testicles still hasn't dropped. They vet today said it felt like it was ready to drop but the testicle must still be in his belly. His breeder told me one of her male's didn't drop until he was 9 mos old. Should I wait to see what happens? or neuter him?
It's extremely unusual for a dog's testicle to drop that late. If it waited that long, she was very lucky that it dropped at all. At 6 months old, the intramuscular 'hole' that the testicle would descend through into the scrotum has typically closed. ONce that canal has closed the testicle is basically nver coming down and is trapped in the body. Forever.
This is a Bad Thing. Cancer is extremely prevelant in cryptorchids with retained testicles. I seriously would get Riley neutered and have it removed now.
We had a full-blooded catahoula that only one of his testicles descended at 1 1/2yrs old and the vet said he was a cryptorchid and his other testicle was in his abdomen. His neuter (and spay basically) surgery cost $372 and he was really sore for a day or 2 but was totally fine after that; just had to be kept up 10-14 days to make sure he didnt pop any stitches, etc. Luckily for us though, we do some private rescue and some fellow rescuers helped with the medical expenses. Hopefully your puppy wont have to go thru this but if he does I wish him (& you) the best of luck w/everything. :)
Yes they aer not always sterile, however, this is not something that you want to breed or introduce into your liens.
It is unhealthy, unnatrual, and incorrect however you look at it. Retaining a testicle and it never desending is not something you compromise on in your dogs. It is not something you set new owners up to deal with.
It *will* be passed on to the offspring. Getting away from it is not the easist thing to do. One can only wait, hope. It is more of a problem in some breeds then others, but it should never be used in a breeding program.
I'm not talking about "looks" "standards" or anything else, I'm talking the health of the animal here. This is not a situation where they might have issues in the future, this is one where they *will* have them.
I agree wholeheartedly with Icy on this one. And I'm sorry to say this but the breeder you got Riley from sounds quite puppymillish. Breeders who don't care about possible health problems for their buyers are NOT GOOD BREEDERS.
Seldom are these dogs sterile and the size of the litter has nothing to do with the problem.
Wow. If your breeder is purposefully breeding a dog that has a retained testicle, she is anything but a responsible breeder. No responsible breeder wants to introduce that into their lines, and any cryptorchid should automatically be removed from the breeding pool. It's a disqualifying fault (and with good reason) in every single standard. Why do you think a judge will feel a male dog's testicles during the physical inspection? He's checking for hte presence of two testicles.
As both testicles in a normal dog produce sperm, the size of the litters a cryptorchid dog sires are irrelevant. What is relevant is that she is breeding a dog that is NOT fit to be bred, and should have been neutered before he was 1 year old. THat makes me cringe. The fact that she is advocating it, when it IS a health risk and IS genetic, really worries me. Now I know why your dog has retained his for so long :P
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/28/2005 10:07:25 AM*** Reason: add
No she's not a puppy mill. I've also emailed some other springer breeders and they've told me some of their males took a while to drop, some at about a year old. Guess I'll wait to see what happens. If it doesn't I'll definatly neuter him because I don't want him getting cancer.. he is more important to me than breeding.