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    Question new puppy-when to neuter?

    Hello all! I just got an almost 19 week old Cavalier puppy and am posting to ask for recommendations for when to have him neutered. Other than his puppy behaviors (zooming around the apartment and trying to eat everything outside), he is a well behaved pup. Oliver's breeder asked that I try to wait until 14 months (warning of increased cancer risk and possible growth issues), and the vet said 6 months (warning of marking and other unwanted behaviors) for neutering. I have read studies and article after article about the best age to neuter and I just can't decide when to do it. I'm sure there are people in both camps here too (early vs. later neutering) but I would like to hear some opinions/experiences. My top priority is Olie's health and temperment, then appearance (does their coat change or become curly if neutered early?). Thanks for your opinions!

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    I wouldn't be as concerned about neutering early with a male as with a female. With females I'm strongly in the camp to have it done before their first heat due to the risk of cancers. With the males, it's more about behavior problems like marking, running away, aggression, and the drive to get to a female if they smell them while they're in heat. But I would say anytime after 6 months is ideal. If you don't see many of the associated behaviour problems I don't see the harm in waiting until around a year if you want him to be finished growing. And as for coat, I do hear it changes slightly but honestly I wouldn't be able to tell the difference and it is definitely not a good enough reason to not neuter.
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    Thank you for your opinion Cpell! Although I'm feeling some pressure from the vet (I know it's her responsibility to try to limit the number of unwanted puppies), I think I am going to hold off as long as I can on neutering (maybe around 10 months or so as I will be off work for the holidays and better able to spend time with my little guy as he heals...what a Christmas present for him! ). I live in a major city and Olie is never outside without a leash, harness and me. I think with some extra precautions (always crating or playpen when going in and out the back door and such), we'll be OK. Anyone else care to share their opinions/experiences? I would appreciate it!

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    I think there are plenty of studies that say delayed neutering is best for the dog. They need the hormones to help their bones grow properly. 14 months is probably old enough for a small dog. Large breed dogs need to wait until they are 18 months or older.

    Personally I like to neuter my pet dogs between 7-9 months. This is about the age when the boy dog's sex hormones wake up. I think it makes a male dog easier to live with if neutered and less likely to be aggressive toward dogs of the same sex. But I also have a multidog house and anything that makes life easier for me is a must do.
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    As you can see there are a lot of opinions (based on different research) when is the "best" time to neuter. So honestly its something you need to work out for yourself. I did choose the have Fletcher done right at 6 months.

    When our older poodle came to live with ME (he was my husbands dog before we married) he was 6 and not neutered. At the time I had a neutered male in the house too. We never had any problems with marking, aggression or running off.
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    Thank you both for your opinions! I think what I am going to do is take it week by week and see if and how Oliver's behavior changes and if it is or isn't something I can deal with in the short term until he is slightly older. I do not have any other pets in my home but our neighborhood is full of dogs so that is also something to consider.

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