I have a male dog 10 months and only one testicle has dropped, the Vet says that it is up behind the other and he should have surgery. I have been told to mate him and it will fall, any other suggestions, I really don't want him to have surgery.
If your dog is 10 months old and his other testical hasn't dropped, your dog is a cryptochoroid. I'm not sure what breed your dog is but this is a hereditary disfunction. Breeding your dog will NOT make his other testical drop, and if you make the mistake of breeding him, he will pass on this dangerous genetic malady to his offspring. Even female puppies he has will carry the gene. If you don't get the undescended testical surgically removed and have him neutered as your veterinarian (who is definitely the one you should be listening to) has advised, you are putting your dog at high risk of getting testicular cancer, which is prevalent in dogs that have undescended testicles. Basically you could be signing your dog's own death warrant by doing nothing. Please get your dog neutered, for his own safety.
It's passed down hereditarily yes, from the mother and father dog. But that doesn't mean that the father was a cryptorchid or the mother actually, since it's possible that it wouldn't show up since the gene is recessive. A dog that was normal without this gene might have the designation CC. A dog, male or female that is a carrier for the gene is Cc. And a cryptorchid like your dog would be designated 'cc'. Even a female dog could be 'cc' without anyone knowng, because of course she has no testicles. For example, if you breed a dog that is a cryptorchid like yours 'cc', he definitely would pass the bad gene 'c' down to *all* of his offspring. The gene for this is recessive, so both the mother and the father must be carrying the 'c' gene for abnormal development (been either Cc or cc). When you have the dog neutered, make sure that the vet does a biopsy to check for cancer cells in the undescended/removed testicle to be on the safe side.
I've got some questions if it is a genetic fault is there a test that can be done to see if the parents are carriers? Should the parents be breed again? Or is this like hips and hope that it doesn't occur or occur again?
Thanks Minniyar. Why I asked was because when we took our puppies in for their vet check at 6 weeks one of the males only had one testical (sp) down. Now neither seem to be down. I am planning on selling him on a limited register and making sure the people are going to have him neutered. I was just wondering if it was still alright to breed the parents again. They have buatifull (sp) puppies with great features, but I don't want to keep passing bad genes around. Should I notify all the people that got puppies from us or just the one that gets the puppy with the problem? I guess if they are thinking about breeding their dogs I should tell them or no?
I think that's entirely up to you. If you sell by a contract, you definitely need to consider making it part of your health contract that if a male is a cryptorchid that it must be neutered. Sometimes the testicles drop down after the dog is 3 months or older. But the longer the dog goes without it happening, more likely it is to remain retained. Maybe you should give the male pup owners a heads up and ask them if theyve noticed it?
I haven't sold the puppy yet. They are 13 weeks old yesterday and like I said neither seem to be down now. When I checked him last they both seemed to be up in the shaft area. Not down where they should be, so I figured by now that if it hasn't dropped it is best to sell him limited and make sure he gets neutered.
Yeah have the vet give him a final check out to make sure you're not missing them somehow. Make sure that the buyer understands the situation, just because neutering the dog will be more expensive than it would normally be as they actually have to go into the body cavity to remove the testicles (more like a spaying, if you will). Also, consider doing a contract that literally *requires* the dog be neutered.
Thanks again Minniyar. I was planning on putting in the Sales agreement that he must be neutered, but I didn't even think about it being more expensive. I guess that does make since, since it will be a more extinsive procedure. Thanks alot for all your help.