Castration age for lab

(17 Posts)
Choccydoodle Fri 10-May-19 17:32:22

Confused ! The advice out there seems so conflicting
Breeder says 8-10 months vets vague on anytime after 6 months and others say leave as long as you can
Does it change then much or have any negative impact on their personality / size etc

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OverFedStanley Fri 10-May-19 17:37:12

Leave until fully grown so absolutely minimum age is 18 months I would wait until at. least 2 for a lab.

Loads and loads of health benefits in leaving castration until full grown from preventing cruciate ligament injuries to bone growth .

The only behavioural difference in castrating a dog is scent marking - this has now been proven on many recent scientific studies.

Personally I wish vets would do vasectomies rather than castration - some are beginning to do this in preference but not many.

adaline Fri 10-May-19 18:20:26

18 months minimum - early castration can lead to future joint problems.

Pipandmum Fri 10-May-19 18:25:53

My breeder castrated my dog (Australian labradoodle - about Labrador size) before I collected him (at about 9 weeks so she had done it at 7). I was totally shocked and the vet was surprised. My dog is fine though (now 10 years) no issues whatsoever.

Hoppinggreen Fri 10-May-19 18:27:46

Our Goldie was done at 14 months

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Fri 10-May-19 20:14:07

Bit surprised at the breeder advocating 8-10 months.

MyGuideJools Wed 15-May-19 21:25:35

We have a Lab pup and our vet told us 8 years too. I don't know what to think to be honest. He's our first pup so I've no idea


Choccydoodle Wed 15-May-19 22:56:01

I took a second opinion and bring a london dog who mixes with many we’re going for it. Any time after 6 months was advised by vet. Ours is now mounting bitches and I’m afraid he’ll smell a bitch on heat and leg it which could mean across busy roads. If I was in the countryside I might reconsider

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MyGuideJools Wed 15-May-19 23:05:20

*8 months not years!

OverFedStanley Thu 16-May-19 08:22:51

Interestingly the humping behaviour is adolescent behaviour and may not stop after castration - just something to think about.

MattMagnolia Thu 16-May-19 20:24:24

Why do you want him castrated? Unless he has serious medical or behaviour problems there’s no need to neuter a male dog.

adaline Thu 16-May-19 20:25:36

Why do you want him castrated? Unless he has serious medical or behaviour problems there’s no need to neuter a male dog.

Lots of daycares, walkers and kennels won't take entire male dogs.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Fri 17-May-19 18:09:32

I’ve never had a problem getting my entire dog into kennels. Not a valid reason to put a dog through an unnecessary surgical procedure. Find another kennels.

Slicedpineapple Fri 17-May-19 20:28:44

Is he specifically humping bitches or also male dogs? Humping can often be attributed to over stimulation e.g. being over excited.

With a lab personally I'd say 18 months.

Foxmuffin Fri 17-May-19 20:32:26

My dog was 7 months.
We relied on dog walkers and daycare whilst we were at work so needed doing sooner rather than later.
Given vets spend years and years studying animal medicine, unlike your average mumsnetter, I’d be inclined to take their advice wink

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Fri 17-May-19 20:51:04

I’d be inclined to get a second opinion. I’ve never heard a vet or breeder suggest getting a lab neutered so early.

Sinuhe Fri 17-May-19 22:02:48

Best time to castrate.... NEVER! (Unless for medical reasons / treatment.)
I think it's shocking that so many people willingly mutilate their pets. What is the actual benefit?

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