|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Fri Jan 11, '13 3:41pm PST |
|Actually, neutering prior to maturity can cause the long bones to grow longer, since sex hormones are believed to stop this growth at maturity. HOWEVER, the classic, male muscular development is stunted with early neutering so the dog usually ends up taller and less muscular.
Ideally, neutering should be done once the dog has reached maturity, usually around 24 to 36 months in a Rottie for optimal bone health.
However, if neutering is done for birth control, waiting that long is a major risk as a male will normally have viable sperm at around 9 months of age and it is important to make sure the dog is not allowed to roam with females in heat.
There have also been studies done in the Rottie which may show that early neutering can INCREASE the incidence of bone cancer. I would google this to find out more information as I don't remember where I read this study. And, it is important to consider the percentage of increase... if it is only increased from 1% to 2% for example, it would be pretty insignificant.