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Neutering Male Dogs (Castration)

The male dog reaches sexual maturity between five and fifteen months of age depending on the breed and size. The range is so great because of the huge difference in sizes of dogs. Smaller dogs will reach sexual maturity much quicker than the larger breeds. Alongside neutering, it is important to continue with training as your dog reaches sexual maturity, otherwise he may become boisterous, disobedient and aggressive, especially if he comes in contact with females.

We routinely castrate male dogs from five months of age for small and medium sized dogs and around eight to nine months old for the larger breeds. Castration removes the urge to reproduce which is often associated with fighting, straying and aggressive behaviour. If the operation is done whilst he is still young then there is a much reduced risk of your dog developing habitual sex hormone related behaviours.

As well as reducing the risk of anti-social behaviour; castration also reduces the risk of prostate cancer, perineal hernias and anal adenomas (tumours around the anus) seen later in life. Your dog also won’t be held responsible for any unwanted pregnancies in the local neighbourhood!

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