Neutering My Dobie

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I have a male doberman who is 1 year 2 months old.  My husband is thinking of having him fixed, but I am unsure how I feel about this. 

We are not planning on breeding him, but we haven't had any problems with him marking, humping, etc.  I am just worried it will change his personalitly.  He is such a sweetheart.  (Can be a big baby, but I think he just doesn't realize how big he is yet.) 

My husband's reasoning is he wonders if it will make him more social with other dogs.  He is fine with our female we own and the dogs he grew up with (my in-laws, the neighborhood dogs, etc.)  but when he meets a new dog, he is very timid.  He never tries to start a fight, but is just a big baby and shy.  

I did some research and it seems as far as for his health and us not breeding him it may be better to have him fixed due to lower testosterone levels which have been associated with cancer.  Just wondering if anyone else has had to deal with this issue.  I'm just worried it will alter his personalitly which I do not want to change.

Thanks for all and any input! 

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It really won't change his personality AT ALL, unless the surgery is viewed as "a traumatic experience." which most likely will not happen. Getting him neutered is the responsible thing to do.

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I completely agree that you should neuter him for a couple reasons.  It will give him a longer life with less chances for health problems. Also, unaltered animals and natural desire/need to mate and if they don't get the opportunity it is very cruel to them.  Imagine a teenage boy with raging hormones.

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I was trying to convince my husband to neuter!  There are some good comments people made on the post - convince my husband to neuter.  I also did a general search on the web for info on personality and neutering.  I'm doing it for our puppy b/c of aggressive behaviors.  We had a rottie mix who was a big baby and when we had him fixed, he really didn't change.  I also had an aggressive German Shepherd that we didn't fix, and he never changed either! lol

It would seem that the if the testosterone were going to have some affect on your dog's personality it would be for the more aggressive side.   I don't know.  It just seems like the testosterone feeds the aggression...so if you're dog isn't aggressive, it might not make any difference.  Others know a lot more than me, I'm just learning right along with you!

Hope you come to decision you can feel good about...:-)

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Thanks for your input.  I am feeling better about hearing it won't cause his personality to change.  That is def my main concern!

As far as the surgery itself...I'm not worried about that.  We had his ears cropped and it totally didn't even phase him.  I'm sure he will do fine.  One of the main reasons we did not get him fixed when he was little was because we were told if we wanted him to have the male "look" then to let the testosterone run through him until he was at least a year old.  That way he would have the "big" look to him.  He is a beautiful dog! 

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Could you post some pics??? We LOVE pics here!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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In my experience, I have had far too many 'close friends' pass away with cancer because they were not neutered :( I have always got ALL of my dogs done, I would prefer to have a happy healthy dog for the whole of his life than get to 8years old and be diagnosed with cancer :( I would never forgive myself if I knew there was something I could have done to stop it.

On the flip side, I understand your concerns, but you needn't worry, I'm sure your sweetheart will remain your sweetheart even after the op :)

All the best, looking forward to seeing some pics of your gorgeous boy :)

Sian

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I am totally new to this - so I'm sure this is a dumb question, but how do i post pictures?  I just figured out how to do a profile picture.  I'm not the smartest with this forum stuff.

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I figured it out - there are some pictures of my beautiful boy! 

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Really a good looking boy. He does not seem to appreciated the antlers though.

The only change I have seen in Red after he was neutered a few years back was that he was less inclined to mark his territory.

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I had Snoopy fixed at 6 months. I was told by alot to leave him or at least to leave him untill he was over a year as it would stunt his growth etc etc. One of the guys at the dog park kept saying No No dont do it - however his Rottweiler isnt and he is always the more dominant of the dogs - that said it all to me.

It certainly didnt slow Snoopys growth as he is now 10 months and 43 kilos- around 95 pounds. Hes huge. He is still a big baby and it really didnt make any difference at all to him. Hes very submissive as well and super affectionate . Our last was also desexed at 6 months and he also ended up being quite a large dog .