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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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When to neuter?


I know this is a sensitive subject for some but I have some questions and wanted other Vizsla owner's advice. I have read and researched about when is the best time to neuter, and 18 months seems to be the "magic" number.

Has anyone neutered there dog before 12-18 months of age? If so, did you notice a change in your dog's behavior? Also, knowing what you may know now, would you still choose to neuter your dog prior to 12-18 months?
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Re: When to neuter?

I have girls, but I have several friends who are long time breeders and their standard contract says the if the dog is neutered prior to 18 moths, all health guarantees are null and void.

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Re: When to neuter?

Hi!

Here are my answers:

Has anyone neutered there dog before 12-18 months of age? Yes - at 6 months. Breeder had advised no earlier than 9 months to ensure the right "look" but vet said 6 months was fine.

If so, did you notice a change in your dog's behavior? Absolutely not! That kind of energy and crazy is just in them - they are extremely high energy puppies and nothing will change that.

Also, knowing what you may know now, would you still choose to neuter your dog prior to 12-18 months? Absolutely! The only thing I would have done differently was get him some children's jogging pants to wear while his stitches were healing so he wouldn't like them and end up wearing a cone for several weeks.

Hope this helps in your research.
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Re: When to neuter?

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...ur-vizsla.html

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...r-in-2011.html

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...nd-neuter.html

Hope this helps in your research. At 18 months most male Vizslas growth plates have developed. The chest fills out and the ribs expand allowing the lungs to have more capacity. An athletic hunting / field dog needs to run hard and the more lung capacity the better and longer they can run. Look at the chest of an intact male and a early neutered male. You will see what I mean.

Hope this helps in your research.

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Dozer was just done a few weeks ago, 15 mos old. I question whether he's picked up some challenging behaviors due to testosterone levels which may have been prevented by neutering earlier but we'll never know. I just get to work with him longer and harder. He hasn't changed much yet, vet said it should become easier for him to focus in a month or so. But I will say think many many times about neutering because I look at Dozer now and wonder whether we made the right decision and it's not one we can take back. It broke my heart for days. On the other had he has terrible allergies and it was a player in why we didn't wait until the magic number 18. Hormones could be playing a part in his skin issues. Good luck in your decision making.
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I am waiting til 18 months to get Kobi snipped, because I want him to be as healthy as possible. I can't say that having his little ginger nuts will make him healthier, but I can't see the opposite (chopping them off) making him healthier either.

Honestly though, every time I think about it I feel bad for him that he's going to have to have the operation done Poor little guy

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Re: When to neuter?

Thanks for all your responses!

RBD--I follow your blog and have read those articles prior to this post Thanks!

I feel like I'm more concerned about this issue than most dog owners but maybe that's because the ones I've talked to have had their dog "fixed" around 6 months of age.

One issue we're having is finding a local off leash dog park & a boarding kennel that do not require your dog to be neutered/spayed to attend.
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One issue we're having is finding a local off leash dog park & a boarding kennel that do not require your dog to be neutered/spayed to attend.
That's a shame. This was a non-issue for us. Found both just fine here in NW VA.
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Our local dog parks shuns dogs that have no been neutered. I haven't looked in to a boarding kennel, so I can't comment on that. Actually, almost everyone I run into seems turned away by the sight of Kobi's ginger nuts. You would think that they spew cancer and homeless puppies everywhere he walks by the reactions I get.

Of course, the vet would have been happy to lop them off at 6 months, but she doesn't know anything about Vizslas. I don't know much, but I know more than her, apparently ;D

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 09:59 AM
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Re: When to neuter?

My Mac is 7 months and still has little fellas swaying away! I am also in the camp of the those that think until the bones settle don't touch the nuts. I want him to have all the hormones he can to get him to the size nature intends. I figure why risk it. If you chop them there is a risk if you don't there isn't a risk. Leave til 12-18 months. For those who look down on dogs with nuts they might not under stand as for most breeds everyone is in such a hurry to get rid of them.
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