As long as another thread hit on the topic of the drawbacks of early spaying, I thought I'd create a new thread to cover my concern. I've got a 4 month old brittany puppy. He has always wrestled with his bedding, but this week "wrestling" started to transform into "humping."
We planned to have him fixed some time within the next 2 months. Does anyone know of any reason not to go ahead and do it now?
He is not the kind of breed that needs to be beefy in order to "look right."
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 10/2/2006 3:28:04 PM*** Reason: add
I've had calls from vets all across the country, calling on behalf of our clients. Our contract says they must be altered by 6 months of age. Some vets prefer to wait until after the first heat cycle-which would not not be your case, some before. I've had one vet say that he preferred 9 months for males. I've found that one of the largest complaints about male dogs is their 'marking'. In my terriers-and I can't speak this for other breeds that I don't have experience with-that they start marking at 6 months-so that is where I have based my recommendation as well as my vet's recommendation.
As many men would say here, let him keep the jewels as long as he can! :)
I am not a big fan of neutering a dog too young, especially the larger breeds.
The body developes in stages starting with growth and ending with filling out. When you fix a dog too young you don't get the spring in the ribs, the forward chest, etc., etc.
Smaller dogs develope younger and the larger breeds develope up to a year and a half to two years.
If you have a pet quality dog, a smaller dog and you don't care if they fully develope then go ahaid and get them fixed. If you have health issues then go ahaid and get them fixed young. If you want your dog to develope as nature meant it to develope then don't fix them too young.
My females I have seen a big jump in their maturity after each heat cycle.
At 4 months old his humping is more than likely a dominance thing and not a sexual thing. I have seen 8 week old puppies do the same thing.
I had my dog neutered at 2, I wish I had done it sooner, he was an arse before, he didnt care about us, he wanted the girls, that is all he thought about. Inside, outside, dureing training, during shows, he had no sence of anything else, in short it sucked. He was neutered and the difference in him within a couple of months was amazing. My parents have a Shiba-Inu from the same breeder, different parents, they are 1 week apart in age. And Bear, my parents was neutered at 6 months, is actually shorter and less leggy than my male, it has alot to do with genetics as well. They are both 9 years old, and neither has structural problems, or joint problems, as of yet, at this point if they develope them one could not say it was because one was neutered, one wasnt, it is becasue they are getting older.
I just wamt to add that my parents shiba has nevr marked inthe house unless another dog had first, where as Tonka will go into anyones house that has a dog an dmark, and if a male dog comes into our house he will mark.
"Male dogs don't have puppies, female dogs do... "
This statement keeps ringing in my ears! It's driving me crazy! Nevermind that a male can sire THOUSANDS of puppies versus the dozens that a female can whelp.
I have read a couple sites like this one -- written by vets. They are very dismissive of roaming, problems when there is a female in heat, etc. They try to make it sound like a simple training/handling issue. Bah!
Males undergo this procedure because the owner is usually trying to take advantage of the following:
1. attempt to control intermale aggression 2. curtail the animal from roaming particularly when there are females in heat within the immediate area 3. prevent testicular and prostatic disease later in life 4. control population by decreasing random breeding 5. decrease discharges from penile sheath in some cases.
The majority of the veterinary profession recommends these procedures around six months of age. Generally the importance of spaying the female prior to heat is stressed.
Controversy over the age at which surgery can be done is usually centred on the following areas:
1. What are the long-term effects on patients’ overall development, growth and health when sterilized so young? 2. Because this is an elective procedure, are there animal welfare issues over anesthetizing a patient at this age? 3. Are there behavioural problems created by this early surgery and the hormonal balances that are affected?
Much research has been conducted for the past 50 years. You can look it all up, it is extensive. But in sum, Animal behaviourists generally agree that neutering prior to sexual maturity results in more acceptable pets. Their only real concerns in performing this surgery at eight to 16 weeks centre around the problem that this is during the “fear” period of development. Behaviourists suggest we need to monitor these early sterilized animals for fear-related problems and any signs that these patients would retain juvenile characteristics. While many pet owners would prefer their animals retain puppy and kitten characteristics, they would be unhappy if they could never effectively train them.