Advice on when to neuter male puppy

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Hi! My husband and I are a first time Dobe owner looking for advice on when it is a safe age to neuter our 5.5 month old puppy.  Our vet wants to do it at 6 months, but a previous vet said it is important to wait till the puppy is 1 year old, so their bones grow properly and they do not look effeminate.  Any advice would be appreciated!

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Yes... Many vets tell their pet parents they should neuter at six months. This is because the average dog owner is irresponsible and the reason for all the dogs that end up at the Humane Society. Since you're here, asking questions, I doubt you're the average dog owner, and I doubt you'll let your Doberman roam around sowing his oats.

The other vet is right. If you do neuter at six months, your Doberman won't mature into the manly beast of a dog he otherwise would. Personally, I prefer to wait until 1 1/2 to 2 years of age. This allows the male to fully develop all that muscle and chiseled look. It's good to wait with females too, so they will develop properly.

Don't believe all the hype about neutering - it's no cure for behavioral problems or marking in the house. It may help a little, but it's worth about an hour of training. It won't fix anything on its own.

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Thank you!  Our vet was stressing the fact that it will help us curb behavioral problems, which like you said, really will not.  She is very much into rescuing animals and always spays/neuters the second they come to her, so I can understand why she was wanting us to neuter early, although she did say it was up to us. 

Our puppy, Chief, is 65 pounds already at 5.5 months and is starting to get a little attitude at times, which we are working on with training.  We really want him to be able to grow up to be the size dog he was destined to be, so we will be waiting to neuter him until at least 1 year old.  Thanks again!

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I have also come across conflicting reports on this topic.  All of the vets I've spoken with seem to be unwilling to admit any real affects on growth neutering (and even moreso for spaying) female large breed dogs such as doberman's.  As a Biologist myself, I find it hard to believe that vets are not more open about discussing the possibilities of affecting growth.  According to them, it seems anything over 6 months will have no affects, especially on the females.  But if they have not completed puberty by this time, how can this be as sex hormones will certainly be affected?  I have also decided to wait until at least after a year to neuter either of my Dobermans and will likely wait until two years to neuter the male because I want to make sure he grows to full potential.  So my only question is, what should I do to avoid the brother and sister from breeding?  If she goes into her first heat cycle prior to a year old, which I am told is a definite possibility, there is a chance she can become pregnant.  Aside from getting her spayed in the near future (they are both already 6 months old) what reasonable precautionary measures can I take up to that point to ensure this does not happen?

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I have a 5 month old dobie. His birthday is August 25th. He goes to get neutered on February 2. I just called my vet to ask if they know of any problems with growth plates when the dog gets fixed early and she said I have nothing to worry about. I'm not sure if this lady was inexperienced or if she knew what she was talking about. 

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Just posted this in another thread but this is worth a read IMHO.

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Is there any link you could post that is specifically about the doberman breed?

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Good Morning,

 

We have 2 Dobies.  1 male and 1 female (brother & sister).  My vet told me that they have to be neutered & spayed at the age of 6 months.  I was just wondering if we wait longer, will anything happen between them.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Boudreaux

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YES

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Please neuter/spay.  The chances are WAY too high that something could happen.  When a female is in heat, a male will do whatever it takes to get to her.  Jump fences, dig holes, destroy drywall, you name it.  Not worth the damage to your house, the potential for a litter, the cost and expense, EVERTHING.  

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With a brother and sister in the house together, that is one of the few times I would definitely recommend getting at least one, if not both of them, fixed 'early'.  Personally, I would probably go with the male early, as most of the issues with neutering males early is cosmetic (they don't get as big/muscled, etc), whereas females have potential medical issues (primarily incontinence) if spayed too early.