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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

Hello everyone!

I am new to the Vizsla forum and I am so thankful to have come across this website to learn what other vizsla owners are experiencing with their dogs. I am a first time Vizsla owner and have completely fallen in love with the breed.

I have a 6 month old male Vizsla. Our veterinarian mentioned that we should be neutering our puppy around the age of 6 months. Seems alittle young to me, and I keep reading conflicting research. I would greatly appreciate some insight into this topic on when other vizsla owners may have neutered their male pups. Pros and cons would be wonderful.

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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

6 months really is too young imo, others may disagree though. I'd wait till pup is at very least 2 years old, and his bones, plates etc have fully grown.

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..oh, and welcome to the forum Ollie

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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

Search neutering in the search bar on this forum and you'll find lots of information.

Why do you want to neuter your dog?

Studies have shown the best thing for overall health is to leave male dogs intact.

Having said that, lots of people find it easier to neuter their dog. If you do decide to go that route definitely wait til your dog matures into an adult - at least 2 years of age is my opinion.

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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

Oh, no...

There's a lot of very convincing evidence that you shouldn't be neutering your dog at all, and that neutering actually increases the risk for cancers and other health issues.

Why do you think you need to?
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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

Frankly, if a vet gave me that advice, I'd be looking for a new vet.

There have been three major scientific studies on spay/neuter (the Rottweiler Study, The Golden Retriever Study, and the Visza Study). All three show the devastating consequences of early neutering.

It is well worth reading these studies, or summaries of the studies.

Male Vs are much better off being left intact. The scientific evidence validates what those of us with long experience with versatile gundogs have known all along.

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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

I can't speak for neutering because I have only ever owned females.
We left our girl from being spayed until she was 18 months old and not gone through a heat cycle.
However the vet was pushing to do it anyway at 6 months. My guess is that it is the "RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER" thing to do. It may not have been what our breeder or ourselves wanted to see.

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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

My vet said to wait until they are at least 3 or 4 years old - to allow the testosterone to fully develop their muscles. She said that they will have fewer orthopedic issues later in life because their muscles are stronger and can support them better.
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Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

It's all up to interpretation. Your vet knows what they know and there are new articles with research stating that it's better to wait. A year should be enough time for the growth plates to close. Everyone on here is incredibly opinionated, myself included, so I would do your own research and make your decision.


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Re: Opinions on when to neuter a Vizsla puppy

A year doesn't get one full muscular development. My intact male V (almost 22 months) looks very different now that he did at 12 months, or even 18 months. Vs are slow to mature, and keep building up their muscular development up to about 3 years at peak. Strong bodies help stabilize joints, which is particularly critical in athletic high energy breeds such as ours.

The downsides of neutering have been replicated in multiple studies. The evidence is unambiguous.

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