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Old 08-07-2012, 03:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Neutering too young?

My Bentley is 10 weeks, will be 12 weeks when I have him scheduled for his neuter. Will neutering him this young affect him in any negative ways? He is not full blooded pit, he is a pit/lab. I know that someone told me if I get him neutered this soon he will not fill out right, is this true? Thank you for your feedback!


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Old 08-07-2012, 03:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I wouldn't do it that young. I neutered my boy at 12 weeks.. and he never filled out right, and has joint issues. I have read studies pointing out that neutering that soon can cause such issues. If you can handle NOT letting him breed, then feel free to leave his cajones on until he's over a year old. Hormones do play their role in growth and development of any animal.. so I don't personally feel that it's a good idea to deprive them of those hormones.
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Thank you so much for your input, I was really worried about that! Bentley was the runt also, so it is crucial for him to fill out right, currently he is a scrawny little guy!


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Old 08-07-2012, 04:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree, thats kinda early. I also have a mixed pup, he is pit/lab and boxer although you can never be 100 percent sure of the mix lol. I got my dog at 2 1/2 months and now my puppy is seven months old and is still doing fine with his balls lol. The only thing I find difficult is his lack of focus but I rather deal with that than to not have him grow into his full potential so I'm trying my best to wait till he is a year.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Kai is exactly right. Same with me. I waited til my boy was 2 years old but I know it can be done anytime after 8 weeks. It's really about being responsible owner. Tons of things improved after, which is not a guarantee for every dog. I really wish I did it earlier, to be honest. His focus during training and anxiety really changed for the better once it was done. But I am not a trainer so that is key in there. Learning curve with a new dog owner too lol. So it depends on you and your dog really.
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My poor boy was done way early . My guess is 7 weeks? When I adopted him at 8 weeks he was already neutered, I had no say in the matter. If it was up to me he would still be intact. If neutering them to early is the same as horses then yeah, I can see how it would effect growth and the way they fill out.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just had this convo with a neighbor two days ago. He has a 7 month old Irish wolfhound pup who I told him he shouldn't neuter him before 18 months and he said it was in his ownership contract with the breeder to wait until he is 18 months anyways. I was happy to hear that he got a dog from a reputable breeder who shows her dogs. This pup is massive and will weigh about 200 lbs once full grown lol! Anyways, the most important thing is waiting until the growth platelets close which is about 14 to 18 months. I got my female spayed at 20 months after she had two heats and I feel better that she will benefit from it health wise.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
 

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Well then my mind is completely settled and I am very happy I didn't get it done yet!


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