Re: castration question!

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Ronnie had his first visit to the vets today for his fist injections.  The vets says we ahve to wait for 2 weeks before he can have his next one, then has to wait a week after that one before he can go out!  Wow we are certainly going to be ready for that walk!!!!

The vet also suggested having him castrated at 6 months old.  Just wondered what others thought about doing this???  Both me and my husband had discussed it and thought we should not get him done at all.  Ive heard different things about it not really effecting the aggression of a dog.  We dont intend to breed him but i dont really want to alter him unless people think it is a good idea.  The vet also said that it will obviously reduce his chances of getting testicular cancer, so now i am considering it.  If it is a good idea to get it done what age have most of you had yours done, if at all.

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I had the same question not to long ago.  The feedback I got was that if you do it before he lifts his leg to pee, he probably never will lift his leg.  I also heard that his bark wont be the deep loud bark as it would have without castration.  I also heard from a friend of mine that it will slow the testosterone levels in him and he might not get full potential size.  this last one seemed kind of iffy but I decided to wait anyway.  I am waiting until he is a year old just to avoid any problems.  The vet is supposed to say that to convince you to do it I think.  I mean yeah it does give them less of a chance of getting cancer of course but I don't think that if you decide to wait a year or so that its not going to make that much of a difference.  I would say as long as you can handle him not altered for a year then that's what I would do.  there is some real knowledgeable people on this forum I would like to see what they have to say.

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I had Red done earlier this year - he was over 6 years old at that point. The reason - I did not want him to "accidently" breed with Princess, but then she did not come into season until last week when she was over 1 year old. My personal opinion is that 6 months is too early.

Having it done, will not make him easier to manage or slow him down much. When I was growing up we had adopted a mixed Lab and Boxer male named Fellow. Now even though he was adopted from the Houston SPCA he had not been altered (apparently before they set that policy since it was in 1965). He climbed the fence, ran up and down the neighborhood and terrorized the neighborhood dogs. Mom and dad decided to have him altered to "settle" him down (I was off at college at the time). Afterward, he climbed the fence, ran up and down the neighborhood and terrorized the neighborhood dogs - in short - no real change. We found out how he was getting over the fence and fixed that and the problem was solved.

My first male Dobe was not altered until he was past 10 years of age because he was encountering problems. I lost him at the age of 11 1/2 due to kidney failure, so that was not related.

If you have no plans to breed him, it will make him less likely to mark territory in the house, but I would certainly not do it before he is 1 year old. Let them mature first.

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Hi Ronnie's mum.
My one year old pup Q is still un neutered,  my vet informed me they don't recommend neutering larger breed dogs until at least one year old.
I was going to get him done recently.  but because of my dogs VW status (carrier) tested by Vetgen I have decided to leave it for now.
:D
Never having a boy dog before or a doberman I did have some queries with regard to what was a 'natural doberman trait.' a boy thing :D and what was actually hormones :) Thankfully the good people on here were able to supply me with that much needed information.
I can honestly say Ive never seen any aggression in my dog towards other dogs or humans (apart from a couple of challenges which were quickly dealt with ) ;D so for now I am happy to keep him intact.
He really is a sweetie and just seems to be getting better daily;D

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Intact male Dobermans are notorious for having prostate problems eventually (very difficult to treat), which makes neutering a necessity.  That's one good reason to neuter, and the reason that many of the top show males are eventually neutered after having semen collected. 

I've never been a big believer in the old adage that neutering "settles them down", but as someone who is active in obedience training and competition, it sure does help to take their minds off of constantly sniffing and makes them more interested in the trainer rather than any possibly good looking girlies around them.

I'm a breeder, yet I can't wait until it's time to spay/neuter my dogs.  As soon as their showing/breeding days are over, they get spayed/neutered.  I just think it's healthier for them.  I don't have to worry about separating the altered ones, I don't have to worry about anything unplanned, it just makes my life easier.  As for my puppies, I have the pet puppies spayed/neutered while they are being cropped at the age of 8 or 9 weeks so they go home already altered.  So far, I'm very happy with this.  And so are the owners.

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Thanks for all your replies. 

You have all helped me make my mind up.  I think I will have him done eventually but I will wait until he is older.  He will have no chance to roam and mate accidently and im quite looking forward to seeing him as a full grown boy!

i'll just have to persuade the Vet now that im doing the right thing :)

Thanks x

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The vet should not try to change your mind, but if he does, just remind him who pays the bill.