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Old 08-23-2016, 09:25 PM
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My lil family grew again. I have a new baby boy, his name is Major and I rescued him off the streets. No family to be found (done everything- checked chip, left found reports, etc), so I've decided to keep him.

He's a chi mix, probably with yorkie. Anyway, I've decided for health reasons to keep him intact. I've got a ton of dog experience, but I have not kept an intact male myself. I just want to get a few tips just in case from those of you who do have stud dogs.
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what health reasons, if I may ask? I wouldn't have an intact male in my house, since my boxer mix sprayed my mom's towel, and my bedspread. This was when I was 14, and I'm 78 now!! Made a lasting impression on me! Neutering was just not an option back then.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:29 PM
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Due to loss of hormones from the neuter, certain types of cancer increase. Likelihood of damage to the ligaments and tendons does also. There are even worse considerations if they are done really young.

Here's a resource for you to check out as far as keeping dogs intact entirely, late neuters, and early neuter and the harmful effects.

Neuter. Or Not? And When?
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That's true!
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Biggest problem I had before we got Mickey neutered (he was about 2-3) was him hurting his trachea from pulling when he got the 'scent'. He was a good boy who didn't spray indoors, but I'm not sure on that since it was such a struggle to get him potty trained. (Mostly because I didn't know how.) I'm a fan of neutering later, after maturity.
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I have two intact males, and two intact bitches. (The third was spayed for medical reasons.)
I have no problems with marking or aggression. The only time it becomes a problem is when the girls come into season, but it is still easily managed. (I keep them entirely separate, the boys get extra walks and are crated alone at night)
So unless you have intact females around you shouldn't have any issues.
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All my other dogs (two girls, one boy) are altered because I adopted them from shelters. So, that won't be a problem for him.

So far there has been no difference in him and my altered dogs behaviorally. He's a dear little guy with a lovely temperament.
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