Can a dog be too young to nueter? My friends new Briard puppy is only 9 or 10 weeks old and the breeders already had him nuetered before they shipped him. Personally I feel like that is way too young. Couldn't they have just made him sign a nueter contract or something? Why pay full value for a dog that is not intact? I'm just wondering. Kim Oscars pics http://www.dogster.com/?50558
There is a such thing as too young, I always say between four to six months should be the best time. As far as that dog, that is far TOO young to put a dog through that if it is possible to wait. xoxo, FrostyGirl http://xsorbit1.com/users5/furkidforum
As far as paying full value for a dog that's not intact, if I were going to pay for a breeder price (as opposed to a rescue price), their already being altered would be a good thing to me, it would mean that I wouldn't have to do it nor pay for it; already taken care of! I have never had a male dog. I know females must undergo anesthesia. I honestly do not know about male dogs. With my husband ( which is not exactly the same as a neuter LOL) they just used general anesthesia. He was awake the whole time. If the dog must be unconscious during the surgery, I would strongly advise, from my own horrible experience, to wait until 6 months. I lost a 3 month old puppy after a spay, and was told that it was most likely due to her not handling the anesthesia well. The clinic did not inform me that it would be best to wait till 6 months, and I didn't know. They also did not tell me that she would have done better if I had waited, but I always wonder if it would have turned out different if I would have.
Shinyblackpit- I guess you are right about the price thing, but still he paid 1500. And yes for males they do put them under for the operation. and Sugarbum- my dane didn't get fixed until he was a year and two months and he never had a marking problem
most shelters will spay and neuter animals once they reach 2 pounds for puppies and kitens, or adult dogs before they are adopted. the theory is so they will be done and not have accidental litters. i have never heard of a breeder doing that before in my life. did he know it was going to be neutered already? most pet quality animals are sold on a spay neuter contract but in reality how easy is that to enforce? not very i would imagine. i wonder about the quality of the breeder he got the dog from.
i think it is too young also. my sister adopted a cat from the shelter who was done at 11 weeks and he is the shrimpiest cat i've seen. i really think they need some of those hormones to grow and develop properly.
Briard breeders are pretty rabid about trying to keep their breed out of the hands of puppy millers. I know cause I'm a good friend with one, and she has me check local newspapers constantly for briard ads to track down people who may be trying to start up mills. If the briard pup in the paper isn't from a reputable source, the Briard club of america buys the puppy, has it spayed/neutered, and then finds good homes for them through rescue type organizations. And while i"m sure your friend may have had no intention of breeding the dog or breaking the breeding contract, I can guarantee you that even with the contract, some people would take the dog and run, transfer ownership, register it with less reputable registries and breed the dogs like rabbits. Yes they might get sued for it, but if they dont have the dog anymore, what do they care? Most male dogs have had their testicles drop by the time they are 6 weeks old. If the dog is more than 4 months old and they havent' descended, there's a good chance the dog may be a cryptorchid anyway. All that said, I do wish it were practical for all spays/neuters to be done after a dog is 5-6 months old. But I speak from personal experience when I say that people often don't get it done. Even when they adopt humane society dogs, which is why more and more are getting puppies spayed/neutered at 8 weeks of age, before they are even adopted out. It's a severe solution, but you can't argue with it preventing unnecessary and unwanted litters.
Scout...........Damn you're good! As I was reading through the posts I was thinking about weight, and sure enough you brought it up. That is what they told me at the SPCA. I would think you knew just about everything, except I can't get that gp imagine out of my mind.