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Unread 03-01-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Does neutering a male dog at a young age stunt growth?

We have a new Male puppy. 75% Lhasa - 25% Chow. (Mom lhasa x chow Dad lhasa). He has just turned 4months last week, and had a vet visit this week. The vet thinks he should be neutered next month at 5months old.
I do not want him to start any bad habbits and I have all intentions of having him done to help curb male dog issues at a young age.
I was told by someone that neutering a male dog before fully grown will stunt growth. Basically you should wait unti they have reached their adult size (height) at around 10-12months.
Is there any truth to this?

I have always had females (and larger breeds Labs etc) and have always had them spayed around 6-8months. The couple Males I've had were intact. (min poodle and shih tzu) We took in the poodle as a stray when i was a teen so I had no say in his being "fixed" or not. The Shih tzu we rescued was not vacinated when we took him in so vet recommended to wait...then he became ill remained on the verge of being ill for the better part of the 2 years we had him...poor little man. He developed hemolytic anemia from a bacteria deposited by Ticks he had...the vacines kicked it in...and eventually he could not fight it any longer...
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So can neutering stunt growth when done too young?

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Neutering doesn't stunt growth. There are some valid arguments against early neutering in larger dogs and very active dogs, such as dogs that will be used for working, competition etc.

With the smaller dogs the arguments wouldn't apply as much since they mature faster than bigger dogs. In your case, my suggestion would be to go ahead and have him neutered as your vet suggests.
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Actually, studies have shown it doesn't "stunt" growth, but just the opposite. Neutering before growth plates are closed can cause certain bones to grow longer. This causes the dogs to actually grow larger.

However, if I had a dog that was not going to do canine sports, I wouldn't worry about it. I'd neuter at six months and feel good about it.

For tinier dogs (and I understand yours is a bigger boy), the growth plates can close from eight months to 10 months, so they have much of their growth already at six months. If I had a large breed dog, I'd wait as their growth plates may not close till 18 to 24 months.
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Im seconding agility and apples, if he was a big guy I'd be worried... but the size he is now, no, as a matter of fact if he spurted a little he will prolly be lighter on the bones which might actually help him since I know you have said that he was heavy boned..
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Actually, studies have shown it doesn't "stunt" growth, but just the opposite. Neutering before growth plates are closed can cause certain bones to grow longer. This causes the dogs to actually grow larger.
Not that I'm disputing the fact, that fits with what I have read, but could you provide a link to some evidence as I can't find any now I want it.
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I believe read it from a Chris Zink article in "Clean Run" magazine several years ago. She has a book out that may well have the information in it. You can find it at cleanrun.com under the books section.
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Myka's breeder asked that we wait till 16 months. She said it would make him tall and lanky if we changed his hormonal balance by nipping him early. No documented evidence just word from an experienced breeder.

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As I understand it, most breeds that are pets and not being used in a high activity like working/sports/hunting and such, it's fairly safe to snip around the 6 month mark, it varies a bit. Much earlier than that, I do not know. I know come vets are able to spay/neuter as early as 8 weeks, but I personally think that is too early.

I would go by your vets ruling, as they have seen and handled your dog. I don't know a whole ton about the really larger breeds because I have never owned own... most of the dogs I owned were in the med/large category and we always fixed at 6 with no problems.
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I would say six months at the earlyest in a small breed, this give them time to grow and for there man bits to desend properly.

and 9 months in a larger breed.

neutering at any age won't always curb male behaviours.
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Found some interesting reading on line. And all agrees with the idea that "fixed" too young tends to increase the length of bones and can cause some issues...
Here is one paper I read, its a good read:
Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs
Laura J. Sanborn, M.S.
May 14, 2007
http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

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