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      Beau getting neutered

      I have a male charcoal lab that is almost 6 months and 55 pounds.. his mom was 55 pounds.. I want him to have that spark, bite, and Edge about him when that testosterone hits.. right now he is a sissy and still squats when he pees..


      All of this is just generally speaking...

      Should I neuter by BEST FRIEND?

      And how much bigger will he get?


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      Spark, bite and edge? That's not much of a Labrador trait, if I understand you correctly. If you wanted a tough dog, why not just get a Rottweiler or similar breed?

      Either way, some dogs mark and some squat. The dog may or may not change that. Squatting dogs are not sissies and marking dogs are not tough.

      As far as size, how big was his dad? He should be a similar size.

      It's best to neuter when growth plates are closed, 18 months or later.

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      As above.

      My first Lab was three when we got him....intact and leaning forward to pee every time.

      My females have all lifted their legs.

      Depends on the preference of the individual dog.
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      Did the parents have that edge you wanted? did you talk to the breeder about your preferences in temperment and did they discuss of this litter was likely to have that and which pup showed more of it?

      Neutering a dog won't change their temperment.

      Generally recommended to wait until the dog is done growing to neuter but i believe all pets should be neutered. Considered safe at 6 months, best to wait until 18 moths with large breed if you can/want.

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      Labs typically have a pretty soft temperament and should not get the "spark, bite, and Edge about him when that testosterone hits" as the temperament is one of the hallmarks of the breed. However, since you have a dilute dog (silver/charcoal) and those breeders are focusing on color alone and not temperament, you may find that your dog may not have the typical temperament of traditional Labradors. Dilutes were mixed with other breeds about 40 years ago to propagate a color that does not naturally occur in Labradors, so certain breed qualities are unfortunately not set. I would stick to the vet recommendation of 6 month.

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      Some reading here might help in your decision.

      Neuter/Spay - Pros, Cons, Risks, Benefits - Research Article Links

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      Quote Originally Posted by JenC View Post
      Labs typically have a pretty soft temperament and should not get the "spark, bite, and Edge about him when that testosterone hits" as the temperament is one of the hallmarks of the breed. However, since you have a dilute dog (silver/charcoal) and those breeders are focusing on color alone and not temperament, you may find that your dog may not have the typical temperament of traditional Labradors. Dilutes were mixed with other breeds about 40 years ago to propagate a color that does not naturally occur in Labradors, so certain breed qualities are unfortunately not set. I would stick to the vet recommendation of 6 month.
      I agree completely about the temperament, but would wait until 18 months to neuter just for the dog’s health benefits.
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      Thanks everyone!

      I think the “spark, bite, and edge” comment got off rail a tad..

      My females that have been spayed tend to get lazy and put on weight. Beau is lean and has a very good drive.

      I never got to see his dad. But how much more did your lab grow after 6 months? And when was they neutered or spayed?

      I don’t want the neutering process to stop his growth either


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      Our breeder suggested waiting until our boy was 2 years old to neuter and we agreed not to breed him. He was probably closer to 3 and we never had issues with his behavior nor did he ever try to get loose to look for love. I’m guessing he gained maybe 10 pounds from age 7 months until he was 2 but his physique seemed to fill out.


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      Quote Originally Posted by juststrokeit383 View Post
      Thanks everyone!

      I think the “spark, bite, and edge” comment got off rail a tad..

      My females that have been spayed tend to get lazy and put on weight. Beau is lean and has a very good drive.

      I never got to see his dad. But how much more did your lab grow after 6 months? And when was they neutered or spayed?

      I don’t want the neutering process to stop his growth either


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      Mine are all related yet they varied in how fast or slow they grew. I don't see my lines getting "lazy" due to spay, rather perhaps age. Most of mine are spayed later in life regardless since I breed. Laziness is usually associated w/ genetics and sometimes complicated by excess weight which is generally caused by overfeeding/ under exercising.
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