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Q: What is the recommended age to fix a male puppy?

October 18, 2008 | By Picaboo | 15 answers | Expired: 2244 days ago

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A friend would like us to "foster" his male pitbull puppy til it gets bigger because his other adult dogs (pitbull and rotti) don't like its puppy ways and have injured it several times. I want it to be fixed if we take it to curb unwanted behaviors, the owner is not sure if he wants to fix a papered pitbull. At what age does this become a problem? I'm willing to take care of it until it becomes a problem. I believe the puppy is 12-14 weeks old. Thanks.

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Debby
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Oct 18, 2008

I have always gotten mine spayed/ neutered between five and six months.
not to be rude but your friend doesn't sound very responsible. I believe in spaying and neutering all my animal kids and wouldn't pawn them off on someone else to properly train my animal kids. if his dogs are having a problem with the puppy now they will have a problem with him for a long time as pit bulls tend to stay highly active for quite a few years in a puppy way and if not neutered it is worse. proper training and discipline is needed or they can get out of hand. they are highly active dogs and very intelligent.

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Jenna
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Oct 18, 2008

I agree with everyone else on 4-6 months. I also think your friend needs to get his dogs under control. If they won't accept the puppy into their pack now, they won't let him in when he's older either. Plus if they attack the puppy, who's to say they won't attack some other dog?!

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Robyn W.
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Oct 18, 2008

Agree with all the others: 4-6 months of age is the general time to neuter or spay. I also agree with the others who say that your friend doesn't appear responsible. Are his other dogs neutered? If not, this situation is an accident waiting to happen. If these dogs don't like this other dog as a puppy, chances are they won't like him any better as another un-neutered adult, especially since they haven't grown up around him. And who cares if the dog has papers? A pure bred dog does not always equate a well bred dog. Unless this dog was sold to your friend AS a show quality dog, there is no reason to breed him.

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