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I am really hung up on if I want to neuter Tyson or not. He is 4 months old so I still have a little while to go before I have to make a decision. I have researched and read all the pros and cons of both and still can't decide. I don't want him marking territory, humping, or possibly getting testicular cancer, but I like the idea of being able to breed him. He is a very good looking AKC registered lil guy and I had some people in the neighborhood mention breeding him to their female. I'm just stuck as what to do so i'm posting this poll to see the ratio of male boxer owners that have/haven't neutered. Please only vote if you have a male, not your opinion on whether or not I should get him neutered. Post opinions in a reply please.
 

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Well, to tell you the truth - breeding isn't for everyone. Many Boxers are good looking... but that doesn't necessarily mean they should be bred. Are you willing to health test Tyson & make sure he's free of cardiomyapathy & has good hips (to name a few)?? Have you researched the lines in his pedigree? Are they proven in the ring (ie: champions)? Have they been health tested? Are they worthy of continuing their lines? There's a lot of thought that goes into this decision - should I or shouldn't I breed? So, be very careful as to what you decide.

I'm bringing Nico home & although Cindi was showing him (maybe for the possibility of breeding), I will not be. So, he will be neutered.

And oh, to be fair.. I'll let you know that I voted to neuter him. But this would be my choice. Choose wisely. ;)

P.S. - Please don't think I'm trying to discourage you in what you'd like to do in any way. I'm merely giving you some advice.
 

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well we are waiting (we have a girl though) she is AKC registered and we have her pedigree, her parents were both show dogs and health tested, she was health tested before we bought her so we are waiting till she is old enough then we will have her health tested and if she is healthy we will consider breeding, so at this point we are not going to spay her but will wait till she is close to 24 months old to see if she is a candidate for breeding or not.
 

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In my personal opinion if you aren't going to show your dog, I go ahead and neuter.  There are lots of fabulous studs out there already, not that Tyson wouldn't be great as well.
 

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It's easier to wait for a male then for a female because you dont have to go through any heat cycles.  Obviously you need to watch him when ever he is around female dogs especially at the dog park because there's always confusion there!!! some people arent responsible enough to not bring their in heat female to the dog park.  There is endless information here if you do decide to breed !
 

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I would definably have him health tested and require the female be also before breeding him. I know there are a lot of health issues that can arrise in our breed and I wouldn't want to pass them on if Tyson or the female had anything wrong with them. I also have his pedigree 3 or 4 generations back (I would have to check the papers)
This topic has kind of gotten off subject, it's not about breeding him it's about neutering him. My main reasons for neuter vs not is health reasons. ie: testicular cancer vs unnecessary surgery. They both can result in death. I just don't want to take him in to get neutered and have him die on the operating table, which can happen....
 

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Great advice, Heather! :thumbup:
 

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Yeah Heather...what you said!  :wink:
 

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Every dog is different, but Oscar is neutered and frankly it didn't slow him down a bit!  The next day he had fully recovered and was causing chaos as well.  He doesn't seem to care about the loss one bit.
 

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We haven't neutered Odin yet. Hubby wanted to wait for a year to 18 months before doing it. We've honestly also talked about breeding him. I would love to show him... but I honestly don't know where to begin... on top of the fact that I'm pretty busy already. Maybe years from now when the kids are older and in school. Would love to get them active in showing too I think they'd love it.

So we're going to neuter him but we're just waiting a bit. I was actually calling around to check out places and prices just a couple of days ago. Odin DOES get busted MARKING!!! I hate it and it really PISSES ME OFF! But I try and stay cool. It's annoying and a pain in the butt... seriously! Maybe if you didn't have 80% carpet in your house but even then I think it's dirty and nasty.

Anyway... that's what's going on with us!
 

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We are actually going to wait to have Flick neutered when he's older as well for all the reasons that Heather stated...I have had an "intact" male and I never had issues with marking, aggression or any of the normal things that canhappen, I got lucky I guess :)
 

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Diesel was neutered at 8-9 months. it took him about 2 days, and he was back to normal. He's never marked and only humped Chyna once (a big thanks to my mom's dog for showing him how)
It was a no-brainer here. he had 1 undescended testicle and had to get fixed before bigger problems came up. But he would have been fixed regardless. It had always been my intention.
 

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I guess I'm in the minority here.  :)  I had my male neutered at 5 months. I like to do it early before any of what I consider unwanted behaviors began. I would spay a female around 5-6 months as well, to avoid any heat cycle. I say the earlier the better!  :wink:
 

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tootsie\";p=\"93127 said:
I guess I'm in the minority here.  :)  I had my male neutered at 5 months.
we both are then cause thats when dungy was done... i was always told the sooner the better
 

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My vet tries to pressure me into getting Maverick done and to be honest he would be done already if i had a different vet. Im not comfortable with my current vet preforming surgery on Mav, just doesnt feel right. As a result ive chosen to wait until he is 1yr to 18months old until we get him neutered. Ive read a lot of benefits in appearance with this but mostly im just waiting until i move out of this town when my Phd starts and get Mav done back home. Overall tho i do agree with neutering a dog if not being used for breeding at all.
 

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When we got samson he was neutered (which i agree with) and he is a year. I do believe in spaying/neutering your animals, BUT i also know that any reputable breeder has to start somewhere. If you do it properly and find a great mentor then i dont see any issue with waiting. Its the irresponsible people that arent my favorite people :) I agree with what heather said alot.
 
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We waited for Bo to be 1 before we fixed him...partly because we didn't get him til 9 months, and partly because I felt it was better for his health.  We are waiting until 2 years old, IF we fix Jetta-  At two years old, we are going to do health testing and evaluate if she is able to be bred...we may never breed her, but if she does not have the health problems, we want to leave the opportunity open.  If she doesn't pass the tests she will be fixed at 2 years old...I also feel the 18-24 month age is best for female dogs as well.
 
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