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Dyson

~Let’s say he is much-loved

Dyson joined our family a few days ago and has settled in like he was born here!. He seems to know his name well already, comes when called and does his business in the outdoor kennel perfectly.  He is quiet in his crate (a couple minutes whimper and that’s all) and only gets us up 1-2x a night. He plays hard and loves his toys (especially the duck!). He chases after and is wearing down our 8 yo weim  with his persistence to notice him,  and thus Leo has finally started to look at him and lay down within a 4-6 foot distance.  

He’s a sweet sweet boy and we love him dearly. 

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Mardo, for everything –including this lovely update. We truly appreciate it.

Advice on neutering the Weimaraner

Oscar Dec 2012At what age should I neuter Oscar?

There is a ton of info out there and many different opinions.  I trust you (Cliff & Shela) the most so I would like to get your take on this topic.

 Bringing you up-to-date

I’m sure you probably remember Oscar. (He is from the Mousse X Benton litter.)  He is about 5.5 months old right now, and he weighs about 46 lbs.  He is very well behaved for a puppy and I have no concerns with him at this point.

Aggression or Dominance is not an issue

He does not show any real signs of dominance when around other dogs.  He likes to play but we haven’t seen any aggression or mounting yet.  He also still pees like a girl 🙂

Let me know what you think-Jeff (Jan 2012)

Cliff’s thoughts on altering the male Weimaraner

Jeff—as you noticed every vet and dog person has a different idea as to the optimal time a dog should be neutered. Although there are many proponents that feel a dog may be altered prior to their six-month birthday, I personally would not recommend altering them before six months.

Somewhere between six months and a year they will start to notice the girls. Once the hormones kick in it is wise (for safety’s sake, and to prevent an unplanned mating) to have them fixed. Otherwise, they are more apt to take off when they catch a girl dog’s scent. Even when called off, they may run across the road in pursuit of whatever. This puts them at risk on so many levels, but often results in them getting hit by a car. Not every male dog is going to develop at the same rate. For this reason, there is not one right answer to your question. It should also be noted that an altered male can tie with a female. Therefore, neutering your dog does not totally guarantee to eliminate sex drive.

The Weimaraner will continue to grow (and develop) until they are at least 2 years old. Some experts (and a few vets) feel that they should be left intact, because they need the extra hormones to grow properly.

All that being said, my recommendation is to neuter sometime between six and eight months of age.

Cliff with Red_4382Cliff Nielsen, OwyheeStar Weimaraners

(cliff@owyheestar.com)

Note: Cliff is a Weimaraner trainer, and breed advocate. He is also a go-to resource for all the OwyheeStar clients. The blog is provided as a service to the OwyheeStar extended family, but open to anyone interested in the Weimaraner.