Colby

what is the best age to get your dog fixed? and will that calm my dog down or not?


Asked by Colby on Feb 18th 2011 in Spaying & Neutering
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Alikazam

The average is six months or any time after that. Your dog is still young with puppy energy. Neutering should calm down male tendencies but not energy. Try also more exercise and obedience training. A tired dog is a happy owner.


Alikazam answered on 2/18/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Maggie

The newer recommendation is 18-24 months for large breeds, to allow them to finish growing first. Really it's up to you- what will calm him down the most is simple maturity- Maggie (who was spayed at 7 months) was a total hellion until about 13 months, then she started to calm down quite a bit. Nowadays I wouldn't call her sedate, but she doesn't have that frenetic energy anymore.

Neutering is really up to you- it won't really change his personality or energy much, but it may make him less likely to wander in search of females, and less territorial with other males. If he already urine-marks on things, neutering won't change that. Neutering is DEFINITELY correlated with weight gain, so if you get him snipped, you may want to reduce his food intake. It's a personal decision and I don't fault anyone for their choices.


Maggie answered on 2/18/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Miley

the last answer was spot on. puppies should be spayed/neutered around 6 monts or shortly thereafter. Though being colby is a puppy he'll be hyper (as most puppies are).


Miley answered on 2/18/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Hey Colby! Since Colby has the look of the larger breeds (gsd) it is now the norm to wait until he is 18 months to 2 years old before neutering. It takes at least that long for them to mature...sometimes up to 3 years old! You may see an increase in his ability to focus on you, which will help with training.


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Samson

Well there's quite a loaded question - ask around and you'll get any number of answers ranging from about the time they pop out of their mother's womb, to never.

If altering is something you must do - for whatever reason - and you're looking for a time to minimize health risks - it would be after physical maturity has been reached. For giant-sized dogs, that may not be until three years. Most larger dogs are closer to the 2 year mark. Toy-sized dogs may be physically mature at only 8 months.

As far as calming him down - it's kind of a crapshoot. That's more a function of age, usually, but with Jake, having him castrated seemed to take a certain edge off his energy.

What you're doing is removing a dog's primary hormone system - it's not as simple as if it is there, you have these behaviors, if it is not, you have these behaviors. It's complex and varies wildly between dogs. Marking, SSA, and roaming have a tendency to be affected for the better - but that's not always the case.


Samson answered on 2/21/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer