|Barked: Thu Apr 11, '13 8:35pm PST |
|Ideally the dog should be physically and mentally mature before being neutered. That age will vary from dog to dog. Generally speaking, the larger the breed, the longer the dog will take to mature. Sibes are a medium breed, so anywhere between 1-2 years would probably be fine.
That said, keeping an intact dog does come with added responsibilties. Six months is pretty standard practice because that's the approximate age many dogs become capable of reproducing. If your dog is likely to ever be in situations where he could breed, you should consider neutering at six months or looking for a vet who performs vasectomies. Keep in mind that Sibes are notorious escape artists, so if you plan to ever leave him alone outside, even in a fenced yard, sterilization would be wise.
I would not neuter a dog younger than six months or so because it's unnecessary and only has negative impacts on health (shelter situations excluded). Waiting until maturity is preferable, but only if the dog can be properly contained. The benefits from waiting aren't great enough to justify accidentally breeding, in my opinion.
Sorry for typos, posting from my phone.
Edited by author Thu Apr 11, '13 8:38pm PST
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