|Barked: Sat Jan 12, '13 8:26am PST |
|In an abstract sense, it's better to wait for full maturity to neuter a large breed dog, especially of an active, athletic breed. The long bones growing longer, less solid, and increased risk of joint issue are real risks.
Also, in Rottweilers specifically, this Cancer, Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention paper discusses increased risk of osteosarcoma.
There are also risks to not neutering. If your living situation is such that you are not absolutely confident you can prevent unintended breeding, and you are not planning to do really vigorous activities with your dog, that tips the balance in favor of early neutering.
Honestly, I'd look seriously at your own circumstances and how confident you are in your ability to manage your dog so no accidental breedings occur, AND take that paper I linked to to your vet, and have a discussion about what the relative risks are for YOUR dog. Then make the decision that works best for you and your dog, and don't worry about what other people will say, either way.
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