When I met Draco at 11 months I took one look at him and said to his then owner, he was fixed really young wasn't he. He was fixed at 15wks yikes.
I have seen this look before. It is like they are stuck in the uglies. Unfortunately the vets here push for really early fixing. I feel strongly against fixing young. There is very credible evidence of the risks associated with that.
15 weeks?! YIKES! I've never heard that early!
I have no clue when Ember was fixed.
Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
And he is a big boy, he tips in at 100lb.
It is standard practice here.
I can't believe neutering at 15weeks, it's absurd. From my own point of view I would always neuter if I wasn't going to breed from a dog, and I think you have to have good reason to do so. It seems bizarre that the vet profession advocate such early neutering knowing that there is a strong possibility of adverse effects.
In Australia 6 months is the standard practice however at RSPCA or rescues all dogs are done before being placed even if only 8 weeks old but I can understand their reasons. Many people are just not equipped to manage intact dogs and the accidental litters and BB's are a huge problem. They are thinking in terms of the bigger problem. In the Shire north of us it is actually mandatory at 6 months. Only breeders or those who can prove activity in a competition sport can get an exemption. Of course it is only supervised amongst those who do what everyone is supposed to do and register their dogs with council. There is a huge culture of not registering dogs and reckless production of pups.
When first looking for a breeder I came upon several who required you to sign a contract which included agreeing to spey/neuter at 6 months. I really thought Max would be OK at 14 months but no, I tell him he is my "pretty boy".
I intend to wait longer with Jasper and make the decision based on his development at the time. My concerns where I live is the risk of intention to escape. We have a lot of feral dogs and dingo's and when there is the scent of a bitch on the air all hell breaks loose. My Shepherd ripped the timber framing off the garage door trying to get out to a bitch and also scaled a 7ft fence, I caught him as he went over fortunately.
WOW Quirky 100lbs is a very big boy. Max has not grown overly big, in fact he is quite petite, it's just the lack of broadness and masculinity in his head that stands.
He is a BC x GSD
His mon being the BC. Getting him at 11months I never saw his mom. I have consider the possibility that she had a bit of Pyrenees in her, quite a common mix here.
The other option is just genetics
The GSD is a slower and longer in time growing breed and the BC is a quicker shorter in time growing breed.
So genetically he could have the fast growing genes of the BC and the longer growing genes of the GSD
Ellie, I think you raise a really valid point in respect to an individual dogs psychological state at the time of spey/neuter. I have read that timid or fearful dogs in particular do better when left to full maturity before altering. I think another 8 months with testosterone would have helped Max's confidence.
It is interesting to look at the emotional or psychological effects of early fixing. I have heard that a male fixed young can always be immature.
Around here, some rescues neuter at 8 weeks, before the puppy is allowed to go home.
Gotta love 'em.