Testicle retention is genetic, and the dog should not be bred. Also, you need to have him neutered for it will increase his chances for cancer. Sorry to bust the bubble of offspring from your kid, but it is not worth it in the long run.
Old post, I know, but I thought I'd say that it's extremely important for dogs like Bichons and poodles to be neutered. When the testicles drop, they can hurt and the dog lifts his leg to pee because it hurts to squat.
I have to ask. Is that really true Frosty? Because when you say that and that males from those two breeds should be fixed if everybody did that there would be no more poodles or bichons. Thats cant be a pleasent thing for the dogs to have, but what about breeding dogs, they have to go through the same pain then dont they? A monorchid should never under any circumstances be bred. They can have serious health problems from this complication and monorchid happens to be heriditary and there is no reason to pass that on to more male dogs. Another thing is its not enough to just not breed him , he needs to be fixed because the testicle that doesn't drop will become cancerous and cause serious problems for the dog. Problems that can kill him. This is a genetic defect with serious health reprocussions.
Well, if you want to have a healthy happy dog and you want them to be fixed, you need to get it done before the testicles drop. If not, that's your choice. I don't know anything about there being no more poodles and bichons. I'm not saying they'll die if they aren't fixed, but if you have a pet, you should neuter them before they start lifting their leg becuase it's a mess and it's not comfortable.
Sorry, but he is not fit to breed. Sorry about that. When you have him neutered, let them know about the retained testicle, so they can remove it. Retained testicles can be inhereited, so he should not be bred. It is a genetic defect. Poodle, and Bichon trype dogs can get rather, um, "horny". Sorry, but there really isn't any other way to put it. Having them neutered is just saving yourself the trouble. I have to ask one thing. Is your dog even show quality?
Ok, sammydog, your poodle is not fit to breed. Even if he had two testicles, you need to answer these questions. 1. Is your dog a great example of the breed? 2. Has he been health tested? 3. Are at least one or two dogs in his blood line up to his grandparents champions? Also, having one testicle can be passed on to his offspring. The testes should have dropped by the time he was 6 months. PLEASE do not breed your dog, the uni-testes are hereditary, therefore it would be passed on to his puppies. Have you thought of getting and even better example of the breed with both testes dropped? If you get another poodle that is even better than this one with two dropped testes, you can breed him.
frosty girl i'm not sure what you are talking about or where you heard it. But thats sounding like utter BS. Unneutered male dogs of all breeds lift their legs to pee starting at about 6 months of age, and it has nothing to do with it being painful to squat. It's got to do with puberty. Some dogs continue to lift their legs even after they are neutered. I'm not quite sure how or why it'd even be painful for poodles and bichon in particular to squat. Not only that, testicles can descend from the body cavity in dogs as young as 6 weeks old, should we all rush out and have them neutered at that age? If all bichons and poodles were neutered as soon as the testicles dropped, there'd be no more bichons and poodles. It's simple math. Also, vets recommend against neutering any male dog until *after* the testicles drop If the dog is more than 6 months old and the testicle hasn't dropped, it probably is never going to drop and must be removed surgically. The surgery is much much more invasive and dangerous to the dog if you have it done before they drop.
I just got a Great Dane male pup and was told upon his first vet exam that he only has one testicle. I am very upset as I feel the breeder should have told me and I am also concerned about his future health. I had planned on nuetering him, but unless the other one drops the surgery will be a much bigger deal. Also my male Old English sheepdog was neurtered at 6 months--- he has always been a squatter-I have never seen him lift his leg!!!
Rugby how old is the dane pup? There's a chance it just hasn't descneded yet, some dogs are more than 4 months old before they descend. I too have a male dog that was neutered when he was about 6 months old. Usually he squats but if there are other dogs around he will lift his leg.
When I was in vet school, I remember learning that lifting the leg is a dominance thing. Even female dogs will life their leg if they are the dominant one. If it is an only dog, he may lift his leg, but if it lives with many dogs, he will lift his leg or squat, depending on where he is in the 'pack'. I have never heard of it being painful, in all the time that I have volunteered and shelters or worked in a vet clinic or groomed dogs, I have never heard that before. (I'm not a vet, I changed my major and statred grooming instead, I couldn't handle surgeries and blood)
How's this? While cryptochidism is especially common in Poodles, and it can happen in any dog, I found NO PLACE on the Bichon Frise Club of America site http://www.bichon.org/bfca.htm or the Poodle Club of America site at http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/ that suggested that poodles and Bichons suffer extreme pain and discomfort when squatting to urinate causing them to lift their legs, and especially nothing that said neuter the dog *before* the testicles drop because of a health risk. In fact, I found nothing on either site that said the reasons the dogs should be neutered are any different from any other dog breed. And I'm sorry I trust the information on those sites far more than I trust your breeder.