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

October 18, 2008 | By Picaboo | 15 answers | Expired: 2090 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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Heather
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Oct 19, 2008

Some vets will do pediatric neuters, but generally when the animal is about 10 lbs most vets will fix them at that size. If your friends are not planning on doing conformation shows with this dog - please do your best to talk them into fixing him. I'm also concerned that the other dogs will not accept the new animal, especially if he is an intact male. Usually dogs are most accepting of a puppy, and if the owner is not able to introduce the pup without risk of injury - this dog may not be integrated into the pack. I hope that that is not the case, and supervised visits to keep trying to get them to get along would probably be a good idea. If things aren't going well, contact a trainer. I hope this situation ends well.

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Criscil
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Oct 19, 2008

I agree with everyone else regarding the proper period to spay/neuter your friend's dog, but I question their motives as to why they do not want it done. If they are breeders of show dogs, it's understandable, but if not? Shelters are filled, and I do mean filled, with unwanted pitbulls and pitbull-mixes.

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Anonymous
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Oct 19, 2008

Male Pitbull puppies which are going into police detection work or pet homes, neuter them between 6 and 9 months. If he is going to grow into becoming a very large dog, lean closer to 9 months.

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PETPATIENCE
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Oct 18, 2008

Depending on what is wrong with him. A love sick pup is a love sick pup!

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Anonymous
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Oct 18, 2008

Wow, you're pretty nice to "foster" this puppy for someone that sounds like they don't (deserve) to have another puppy!! I agree with everyone else on this topic, 4-6 months for neutering. Don't expect the neuter to help all the problems with the other dogs. His "puppy ways" are not just going to go away. Pits are great dogs, but need loving discipline, socialization, obedience and much MUCH exercise in order to become great dogs. Otherwise, they use that energy to become nuisance animals with bad habits. If your friend thinks that this dog is going just be accepted back into the pack of his dogs and he will continue on with no problems after the Pit is older, then he's got another thing coming. I would encourage a lot of socialization and interaction, obedience, neutering and exercise - and/or agility classes etc... Give that Pit a job!!

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Damianw
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Oct 18, 2008

At our humane Society and a lot more they fix all there animals before they leave. If they are 12 weeks or older. I always had mine done at 6 months.

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Lexismommy
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Oct 18, 2008

You should actually ask a vet. Every vet is different. I know when I got my kitten my vet said he wouldn't neuter him until he was 6 months, while others said as early as 4 months. So it's really up to the vet you're going to take him to. Don't even get me started on not spaying and neutering and irresponsible pit bull owners. I think you should steal the puppy. Haha. Trust me you won't want to give that little cutie back.

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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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Courtney F.
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Oct 18, 2008

I agree with around 6 months. Its better when thy're younger because they're not fully matured and the healing process is also easier for them.

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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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