Glenbern Golden Retri​evers

when to spay and neuter

Myself like many breeders and some vets. prefer to let large breed dogs mature before taking the sex hormones away (spaying or neutering).  I have in my pet contract that males are not neutered before 18 months of age and that females are not to be spayed before 10 months of age.  I would prefer that they go through one heat and aren't spayed before 15 months of age.  The growth plates typically close at about 18 months of age in the golden retriever.  The larger the breed the longer the growth plates take to close.  Here are some articles on why we should let them mature (orthopedics/cancer) and also cover some behaviour myths.

LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs May 14 2007.doc ( Laura J. Sanborn, M.S.

Are There Behavior Changes When Dogs Are Spayed or Neutered? | Psychology Today Canada Dr. Stanley Coren

Neutering Causes Behavior Problems in Male Dogs | Psychology Today Dr. Stanley Coren

Spay-neuter considerations to maximize health | IVC Journal Dr. Chris Zink

Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering - YouTube  Dr. Karen Becker (25 min. video)

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