Originally Posted by Zoom
In my experience, those dogs don't fill out as much and retain the narrow body and long leggedness of a much younger dog...some dogs also seem to keep a much younger mindset than those who were neutered later, though that one is kind of hard to concretely prove due to inherent differences in base personalities. I've also found that some early neuters have horrible absorption and digestive issues, though again, it could be the induvidual dog. But a friend of mine adopted a dog that was neutered at 6-8 weeks of age and went from a fat happy pup to a disturbingly emaciated adolescent who ended up having to be euth'd before he was a year old because it was impossible to put any weight on him and thus he had a very poor quality of life. We have the same vet and he is a very competent guy...none of us could figure out what was going on.
I'm not a vet but I wold say it depends on the dog...
I have always been against it because I was afraid it would change the personality of the dog. I have had a very dominant Pitbull for a long time and with my new dog I wanted to avoid all those issues. I got him neutered when he was 5 month old and I would say he is a very happy puppy. My other dog got testicular cancer at the age of nine
. That was the other reason to get it over and done with early this time.
But I must say it was something I had to get used to - it looks quite odd at the beginning...