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Old 07-19-2006, 03:48 AM
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It is always good to neuter your dog, it will stop him from marking his territory, being possibly agressive towards other dogs, and most importantly stop him from getting cancers when he is older. It should only change is personality for the better.

I will tell a little story (even though this is about a female cat, but you will see the point)

My cat was the meanest little thing we waited until well over a year to spay her, before I knew any better. Well it turns out that (and I got to watch her being spayed) that she had a few cysts on her ovaries. Ovaries are what's removed during a spay. If we hadn't had her spayed we wouldn't have known that until cancer developed and she would have went her life being a mean old cat, when in reality she was in pain and reacting to that. I know your dog isn't mean or in pain, but you never know.

So it really pays to have any animal altered. It makes them a better pet all around and greatly reduces the risk of these cancers and disease. In a dogs case, it also stops roaming, mating, agressions, marking...all unpleasant behavior.
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Old 07-19-2006, 03:51 AM
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Oh an dit is best to neuter (or spay) before 6 months. It can be done when the pup is really small. I am more experienced with cats and with them it can be done at 2 lbs, so I can imagine it can be done really really young. If your vet insists on waiting until 6 months, I would consider that vet being very old fashioned and not aware of pediatric spay neuteres (or at least the benefit of doing it well before 6 months) and I would find a new vet.

In otherwords, I would schedule the appointment now, it will probably be a couple weeks before you can get in anyway if you don't want to do it yet. But really he is the perfect age right now. Puppies recover super fast.
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Old 07-19-2006, 06:07 AM
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you think he is show worthy?
i dno if hes show worthy, the best thing you could do would be do get him looked at by a breeder who shows his dog.
or take him to a show and ask the judge if he could look at him for you,
or theres the simple idea of enetering him in a dog show and seeing if he places.

hes gorgeous btw!
and i am sooo glad you decided not to stud him!
hes soooooo cute!, i sware i've seen those pics b4 lol
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:28 AM
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:48 AM
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Your dog is very cute, and I'm glad you have decided not to breed him.

Here is a link to photos of a promising bulldog puppy. The later photos are at 10 months.

http://www.cinemaboxers.com/Aston.htm
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:03 PM
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It is always good to neuter your dog, it will stop him from marking his territory, being possibly agressive towards other dogs, and most importantly stop him from getting cancers when he is older. It should only change is personality for the better.

I will tell a little story (even though this is about a female cat, but you will see the point)

My cat was the meanest little thing we waited until well over a year to spay her, before I knew any better. Well it turns out that (and I got to watch her being spayed) that she had a few cysts on her ovaries. Ovaries are what's removed during a spay. If we hadn't had her spayed we wouldn't have known that until cancer developed and she would have went her life being a mean old cat, when in reality she was in pain and reacting to that. I know your dog isn't mean or in pain, but you never know.

So it really pays to have any animal altered. It makes them a better pet all around and greatly reduces the risk of these cancers and disease. In a dogs case, it also stops roaming, mating, agressions, marking...all unpleasant behavior.
Let me preface this by saying that I support spay/neutering, but your post has a lot of assumptions that aren't always true.

1- marking. We had our pug fixed at 4 months old. He is 5 years old now and has marked his entire life. Continually. Outside, he will mark something, then turn around and hit it from another angle. I've never counted, but I would guess that an average trip outside for 30 minutes will have him marking 50 times. Our GSD, who is 17 months old and is not fixed yet, didn't start marking anything till he was over a year old, and he doesn't mark with near the frequency the pug does. He might hit a couple objects while he's outside and has never marked anything indoors, where the pug will mark indoors if you don't watch him. The GSD didn't even lift his leg until he was 10 months old.

2- if a dog has aggressive tendencies and isn't trained on how to act around other dogs, fixing won't help. You can see examples of unfixed dogs who are not aggressive all the time in dog shows, agility, and other activities where dogs interact. Changing his personality is all subjective. A well adjusted, trained, loved dog should not have personality issues whether he's fixed or not. On the cat front, we just had our female spayed. She was a cuddly love bug before she was fixed. Now she's aloof and not nearly as lovey as she was before. She's still sweet but doesn't spend hours on your lap purring anymore.

3- There are studies that show that fixing can cause other health problems, so it's not a cure all for potential diseases later in life.

4- my friends had their cat fixed and she turned into the meanest, nastiest cat I ever saw. You can't walk into their house without the cat hissing at you and swatting you as you walk by.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:52 PM
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Welcome to the boards, your pup is adorable! I'm very glad you came to ask before doing 'the deed'.

I'm am also SO VERY PROUD of everyone in this thread! All of you give me hope!
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:11 PM
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Ditto, Zoom . . . THIS is how Chazhounders should treat people!

Nook Nook is not only adorable, he looks really, really good to this untrained eye. If you have any interest in showing, there are several people here who show and are most generous with their knowledge
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:12 PM
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WHat a doll baby of a pup!!!!!!!! Chazzers on their best behavior
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:39 PM
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Hey there- great looking puppy, and congratulations on thinking this through! I have to say I am impressed.

As a general rule, recovery from a neuter surgery is pretty easy on a male dog. Spaying (the equivalent surgery for a female), is far more invasive, and takes a lot more recovery time. When I neutered my pet boy he was up and running the very same day.
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