|Barked: Mon Jul 9, '12 9:00pm PST |
|It's entirely possible for an intact male to be fine with other males, neutered or intact. I think on the whole, the way a dog interacts with other dogs has more to do with genetics and socialization than whether it's neutered or not.
Marking indoors is a housetraining issue. My intact male has never marked in the house. The bf's intact male tried to mark in a PetSmart once (which I suspect was because another dog had marked there), was corrected, and hasn't tried it again.
Some people say intact males are harder to train, get distracted more easily, ect. I suppose it's possible but it isn't something I've experienced, and considering all the very highly trained intact male dogs out there, I don't think it's generally a big problem.
The age a dog hits maturity depends on breed. As far as I know, Australian Shepherds don't mature particularly slowly, and since they aren't a very large breed, I would think 18 months would be fine. But I would definitely check on that with someone who knows the breed better.
This thread asked a very similar question to yours and got a lot of great responses: Raising a puppy intact. The search function on Dogster is very wanting, I just happened to remember that one.
Edited by author Mon Jul 9, '12 9:02pm PST
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