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View Poll Results: Did you notice personality change after the neuter? (Done @ age 1 or later)
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Males Neutered After 1 Yr Old

I am hoping to get some feedback on those of you who had your Males snipped when they where over a year old.
Did you notice any change in personality?
Any change in personality besides calming down/better listening?

Please do vote if your dog was neutered at an age younger than 1 or is female.

Also, please share or give detail if you did notice change.

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Ripley was neutered at 19 months old, and the changes I've noticed are: He doesn't feel a need to mark everything outside like he used to, he can walk around his breeder's house now without wearing a wrap/belly band, he doesn't obsess over sniffing my girls anymore (or any girls) or licking/tasting anywhere a girl might have sat or been.

His life isn't as consumed by his hormones anymore, and he can now play nicely with other dogs without getting over stimulated and feeling he needs to hump them. At home, he's way more focused on me and has more energy it seems. He wants to play and be busy 24/7 lately, whereas before I think he must have gotten rid of some of that energy when he was busy sniffing and licking everything. Either that, or because he's constantly watching me, I just notice the energy more. I don't know. Either way, he most definitely has not calmed down. And he doesn't really listen any better (or worse) either. His personality has not changed a bit -- the only things that have changed are his hormonal desires that no longer appear to exist. Oh, and he eats now too! He'd gone off his food for a long time, but a few days after being neutered, he now gobbles each and every meal up with enthusiasm.

Other than that, I haven't noticed any other differences. He's the same with other male dogs as he's always been -- happy go lucky, never offering a challenge, and backs off when told off. So that's good, though I know being a male Doberman, that could always change.
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I chose "no change" - in personality. BIG change in eating habits. Went from picky eater/non-eater skinny boy pre-neuter to chow hound post neuter.
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I neutered Jones at about 13 months because he started to lift his leg on men... just men... After I got him fixed there was no more of that...

Other then that nothing else about him has changed
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I had Charlie neutered about 4 months after I got him as a young adult. I can't say I noticed any change at all that I'd attribute to the neuter. That said, so many other things were changing anyway - he was putting on weight and starting to get fit again after terrible neglect, was slowly getting over his nervousness about certain things such as traffic etc. He was never an aggressive or hugely boisterous dog (though he did have his Tigger moments), before or after the neuter. He always marked on his walks but I never once saw him hump anything at all, before or after neutering. It's possible that the neuter had some subtle effects in among everything else going on at the time but my guess would be not. One bonus was that I never had to worry about him hounding off after in-heat bitches, though he may never have done that anyway so ...

As for Finn - he's less than a year and has only just been done so time will tell I guess. So far he's exactly the same as before.
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Thanks for the replies, I really hope to get some more.
The reason for this question is me and my brother got into a big debate the other day.
My brother doesn't live with us (I live with my parents) but he loves Kilo and often takes him for walks or puppy sits him when we are gone.
Apparently he figured since he wasn't neutered yet, that he wasn't going to be.
When he heard that Kilo would be neutered in the summer he was outraged and him and his gf got in a big debate with me about how it was a stupid idea (not for breeding purposes) but because it was going to cause a huge personality change and everyone loves him the way he is and that's why I should have had him neutered young (I explained to him that I felt it was better for him to have his hormones to grow up) and yadda yadda yadda.
Regardless, he is my dog and he will be neutered...minor personality change is worth it to me considering his aggression and "selective hearing" but I really want to know what to expect when it is done.
All of our dogs in the past have been smaller (under 30 lbs) and fixed before 1 yr old or back in Soviet Russia where neutering wasn't high on peoples concerns list.
I really hope to get some honest replies and experiences.
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I didn't notice personality changes...just the humping issues went away!
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Dillon was neutered 4 days ago at almost 22 months of age so I'll have to wait a while to vote as no changes yet. From what I've heard it doesn't change them much. I just hope the need to mark everything goes away.
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Griffin was neutered at 3 years old when he was dumped at the SPCA. I didn't own him beforehand, obviously, so I can't offer a comparison for behavior. His foster home had him right after he was neutered, and the behavior they described was dead on for what he is like now. I'm thinking that right after neutering might be closer in behavior to an un-neutered dog. If so, I hope that helps.

He still marks while on walks, but so did Logan and he was neutered before 1 year old, along with a dominant female dog I had. His personality is great- tons of energy, alert, watchful, protective (which is increasing the older he gets), very interested in whatever is going on around him. He's got a decent attention span, unless there's a deer nearby.

I wouldn't worry about a dramatic personality change. They're still the same dog afterwards, except that neutering can and does help with some behavior problems.
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Don't expect after you neuter your boy his agression issues will be fixed.
That's all about training.

I don't think his personalities will change either. Maybe he won't sniff females so much and lick their urine. I hate when my boy does it.
Also you won't worry about your boy gets into troubles chasing a bitch in heat.
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It's an old myth that dogs will calm down, or listen better after neuter/spay. The only things it will really do is remove the desire to mate, and it MAY stop the behaviors associated with mating, such as marking, interest in females, etc. If they dont' stop, they can be trained out. But, general behaviors and such should not change at all.
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Nelson was done in this summer and we have not noticed anything different in his personality at all. He only just started to lift his leg to pee in the last month or so, has never humped anything and is his normal goofy self.

What we did notice was a hit in the wallet. After his surgery he wasn't clotting even though the clotting test came back normal, the doctor had to go in a second time to stitch and st bernard blood was given to aid with clotting. For a week we had to bind him with pressure bandages to stop his nether region area from swelling up.
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Had Baron neutered shortly after we got him. He was 15 months old when he was neutered. He was laid back and calm before and the same after.
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Had my Indy neutered at 18ish months old. He was getting very selective hearing and I got the sense that he was thinking about blowing me off to check things out in the distance (like dogs). Post neuter this was not an issue. I don't recall any other differences in his activity, drive, weight or anything else like that. He did stop the female urine licking too, which I agree is gross. Very much pro neuter here.
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I wanted to wait until Hans was 18 months old before neutering him, but he started getting bossy and antisocial with other dogs that I needed him to get along with. Hans made it to nearly 16 months.
There were some pretty major changes after the neuter. He stopped marking every blade of grass or twig that he came across, he stopped being obnoxious about sniffing the genitals of other dogs, and he stopped being Mr. Pokeynose around the house with us. He still does the nose poke, but he's satisfied with just one sniff now.
Other than that, not much has changed. He still eats twice what is recommended and stays thin. And he seems to be getting more protective as he keeps maturing. Hans is right about the same age as Gino and Dillon only two weeks older.
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I hope I can report the same hormonal changes when my Hans is neutered. I'm looking forward to it!!
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I neutered Chase at 2years, actually made his behaviour worse. It was as if I tipped the balance of his body. He ended up hypothyroid, and much more reactive to sounds.

Not sure if that has anything to do with neutering, but it did all happen months after the procedure.
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I neutered Chase at 2years, actually made his behaviour worse. It was as if I tipped the balance of his body. He ended up hypothyroid, and much more reactive to sounds.

Not sure if that has anything to do with neutering, but it did all happen months after the procedure.
Old thread but good discussion. I have also wondered if things like surgeries or illness can trigger the hypothyroid condition - perhaps it is a genetic predisposition, common to the breed, but various types of stress can cause it to express itself. Is it possible that the medication for hypothyroid sometimes hyper-sensitivities? Just wondering if others notice that?
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:01 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Jag was neutered just after 12mths old. He was getting more and more aggressive and had gone from NOT marking to marking everything. He also was getting very possessive of his ladydobe buddies. Afterwards he returned to being Jag, laid back, affectionate, stopped marking although he still doesnt like strange dogs hanging out with HIS friends) He is on a strict diet so he doesnt gain weight. I dont think it changed him so much as he reverted back to his nature before the hormones gained dominance. Jag is a sook, protective to his family but not aggressive so it was a difficult few months before we made the decision to neuter earlier than we originally planned.
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Is it not un-fair to the male dobe to state that any changes that occur to a male clipped before 2 years is because of being neutered. IMO It is after the second year that their real and most desirable personality emerges leaving behind the thoughtless reactions they go through in youth.
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