I have a GSP and just like you, I also had to face the right time to neuter my German Shorthaired Pointer, Hank. But I wasn’t sure of when the right time to neuter him was, or what the right age to do so was.
So, after speaking with several veterinarian professionals here is what I learned.
Upon researching for quite some time, I came to know about the following things.
The surgical removal of a male dog’s testes is known as neutering. Neutering your male dog provides multiple advantages, including lowering the risk of different canine malignancies and prostate illness.
Although neutering is a relatively safe treatment, you should expect significant alterations in the dog’s behaviour after you return home following the procedure.
Increased melancholy, anxiety, anger, or even clinginess are all possible adverse effects; however, they only last a brief time.
What is The Best Time To Neuter A GSP?
While opinions differ, most veterinarians recommend neutering your German Shorthaired Pointer between the ages of four and nine months.
There are a variety of reasons for such a large timeline, while some veterinarians believe that depending on your German Shorthaired Pointer’s sex, timing can have a favourable impact on their behaviour.
Although there is no definitive solution, it is commonly recommended that you have your male dog /German neutered once he reaches adolescence.
This is expected to offer long-term health benefits as well as assist in the prevention of behavioural tendencies like marking and hostility.
Why Even Neuter Your Dog Anyway?
There are several reasons to spay or neuter your German Shorthaired Pointer, not the least of which is that it will likely improve their quality of life (and stop you from worrying about a litter of puppies).
Below are some great tips, but also check out what the American Kennel Association says about neutering your pup.
What To Know After Your Dog Is Neutered
To begin with, you’ll have a happy, healthy German Pointer. Male Germans while neutering have been shown to lessen the chance of testicular cancer.
Neutering and spaying your German Shorthaired Pointer is a surefire strategy to prevent these big German Shorthaired Pointer killers.
There is a popular belief that neutering your pet alters its personality. Experts, on the other hand, have stated that this is not the case.
Neutering your male German Shorthaired Pointer ensures that he is always on his best behaviour. Neutering reduces aggressive and territorial behaviour, as well as the fact that he won’t spend his entire stroll looking for a companion.
So, if you want to avoid embarrassment, neuter your German Shorthaired Pointer as soon as possible!
You have the potential to save the lives of innumerable German Shorthaired Pointer puppies (no, seriously)! Every year, millions of animals are euthanized due to a lack of willing owners to care for unending litters of puppies.
This will prevent undesirable litters and, in turn, save the lives of millions of German Shorthaired Pointer puppies that might otherwise wind up in shelters.
Male dogs, particularly young ones, have a proclivity to be quite “active” in the sexual arena when maturing and even later in life if not neutered.
This can be a problem for you as the owner since the last thing you want is a bunch of puppies running around that you have to care for or find a secure home for.
Having your male dog neutered is the greatest way to avoid situations like this.
Neutering is a great way to reduce your male dog’s sexual drive, but it can also trigger other behavioural issues that you would not expect.
One of the most well-known negative consequences of neutering your male dog is that he will become more aggressive.
Increased aggression is, however, a minor adverse effect of neutering, as the operation offers far more benefits than drawbacks.
What Are The Side Effects?
As previously stated, getting your male dog neutered has several advantages, the most important of which is a lower risk of developing a variety of canine malignancies.
While neutering male dogs can cause them to become more aggressive shortly after the treatment, neutering can also make them less aggressive over time. Neutering a male dog has been shown to make him happier and calmer over time.
The type of breed your male dog is is one of the most important criteria in determining whether or not he will become more aggressive after getting neutered.
Because some dog breeds are naturally more aggressive than others, the temporary hormonal imbalance caused by neutering can increase aggressive behaviour in male dog breeds that are already inclined to violent inclinations.
The removal of your male dog’s testicles is the most dramatic physical difference; but, as the scars incision heals, it is hardly noticeable. Dog neutering is beneficial because it promotes better health with a lengthier lifespan in general.
Additional changes to anticipate in your mail dog after neutering. Male dogs who have been neutered show a variety of positive traits in addition to a reduction in aggression.
Take a look at the list below to discover some of the most frequent changes your male dog will undergo after being neutered.
Any Behavior Changes?
- Having a lower proclivity to hump other canines
- A decrease in occasional urinating in and around your house
- Aggressive conduct is reduced
So, if you’re wondering, do male dogs get violent after they’ve been neutered? Yes, it is usual for male dogs to become more aggressive after being neutered.
Neutering a male dog can result in a variety of behavioural issues, including increased frightened behaviour, hyperarousal, and more.
Why Neuter So Young?
Don’t worry about your German Shorthaired Pointer’s age; the vet will make sure he or she isn’t too young to be spayed or neutered. Male German Pointers could reproduce early, at six months of age.
Regardless of breed, no spay or neuter before the age of 14 months.
Some vets believe that spaying or neutering your dog too soon may deprive them of the sex hormones they need to mature. Skeletal growth is controlled by these hormones.
If the surgery is performed too soon, your dog’s growth plates may take significantly longer to close.
Male dogs can benefit from neutering in a variety of ways. Neutering your male dog reduces the incidence of testicular cancer as well as other ailments such as prostate disease.
Neutering male canines have also been shown to diminish their proclivity to roam. It is suggested that most male canines be neutered between the ages of six and nine months old.
If you have a male puppy, neutering should be done when he is eight weeks old.
GSP Items We Love
- Leash: Carhartt
- Memory Foam Bed: Furhaven
- Remote Trainer: SportDOG Brand 425X
- Treat Toy: WEST PAW Zogoflex Qwizl
- Hat: GSP Hat
- Harness: Kurgo Baxter Backpack for Dogs
- Seat Cover: URPOWER
Carhartt Tradesman Leash: Every dog owner needs a good leash, and all leashes are NOT treated the same.
This Carhartt dog leash is very well made, and is durable enough to deal with a GSP’s strength (yes, pulling too). I’ve had cheap leashes in the past, they aren’t worth it, grab this instead.
Furhaven orthopedic and Memory Foam Bed: If you have a GSP, you know, they LOVE to lay around, cuddle and sleep (when they aren’t running circles around the living room and yard.
This dog bed is so great because GSP’s love to rest their head on “pillows” just like humans and this dog bed has a built-in “pillow” perimeter that my dog uses every day as a pillow. Hank loves this bed.
SportDOG Brand 425X Remote Trainer: You know what sucks more than having your GSP run around the neighborhood or after a rabbit at your local park? Not having the ability to stop your GSP and recall them in an instant.
With the Sport Dog 425x, you have complete control for up to 500 yards (yes, 5 football fields end-to-end). Its battery lasts a LONG time, it’s sleek, lightweight and your pup won’t ever be out of your control with it on.
WEST PAW Zogoflex Qwizl Dog Puzzle Treat Toy: Our GSP’s love to play, even when we may not have the energy to entertain them ourselves. Maybe it’s work, maybe it’s the end of a long day, who knows.
But, all you need to do is give this Kong to your GSP and they will entertain themselves for quite a while, while you finally get some rest. Hank has had this for years now and it’s still kickin!
GSP German Shorthaired Pointer Hat: Represent your GSP pride with this great trucker, snapback style German Shorthaired Pointer ball cap. It’s got a modern look but also shows others your favorite dog breed.
The best part? The glances and smiles from those who also have a GSP, it’s always a conversation starter!
Kurgo Baxter Backpack for Dogs, Saddlebag Back Pack Harness: I don’t know about you, but my GSP loves to adventure with us out here in Colorado. That means hiking, mountain biking, and camping all year.
Our GSP sees this saddle bag break out and he can’t stop wiggling his butt knowing where are headed outdoors.
Toss in the car keys, a snack bar and some kibble, you are on your way to outdoor fun with your pup!
URPOWER Dog Seat Cover Car Seat Cover: Ok, this is last but it is the MOST beneficial item you will get. Don’t, believe me, Take a road trip with your GSP in the back seat. Once you arrive, you will have GSP shedding hair all over your back sweat.
This slick hammock-style seat cover creates a waterproof barrier between your lovely truck’s interior and your GSP’s shedding hair.
Hunting and having a wet GSP? No Problem! Did your GSP decide to chase a goose into the lake? No big deal! This seat cover is a lifesaver.