Desexing your puppy
Desexing is generally recommended at around 6 months of age. Not only does it prevent any unwanted litters, but it reduces the risk of certain diseases and cancers, such as prostate and mammary gland tumours and pyometra (an infection of the uterus).
For large breed dogs greater than 20kg, there's evidence to suggest that delaying desexing until maturity (over 12 months of age) may help protect against certain medical conditions.
Desexing your puppy before he or she reaches sexual maturity (from 4 to 6 months of age) will prevent unwanted pregnancies as well as reducing roaming behaviour and territorial marking. Not only that, but female dogs who are desexed before their second heat have a signiﬁcantly reduced risk of mammary cancer and uterine infection.
It's important to talk to your vet when considering the time of desexing to weigh up the various pros and cons. Some breeders even require you to desex your puppy as a condition of sale, or insist you let them know if you plan to breed your dog. If you do plan to breed your dog, there's lots to consider and we recommend booking an appointment with one of our expert vets to discuss next steps.