The Rottweiler is a great breed, and, understandably, many people decide to breed these dogs. However, there are good reasons to consider keeping your male Rottie from breeding by neutering.
Neutered dogs are less likely to have sexual aggression and related behavioral issues. There are also health benefits that include reducing the risk of testicular and other cancers. Although there are good reasons to neuter, many wonder about the timing.
When to neuter a Rottsweiler?
The best age to neuter a Rottweiler is 12 to 24 months. Neutering these dogs at too early an age may make them susceptible to health issues further down the road.
This video shows how conflict can easily occur in unneutered male Rotties. Neutering can prevent a lot of such problems between dogs.
What Are Some Health Risks to Rottweilers When Neutered Too Early?
According to King Rottweilers, Rottweilers should be neutered at no earlier than a year old, and waiting up to two years can be more beneficial.
Early spaying and neutering have been promoted as solutions to the number of homeless animals. Although reducing the number of homeless animals is always a worthwhile goal, not all breeds are suited to spaying or neutering before six months.
One study found that Rotties altered before six months had a greater risk for developing bone cancer. Bone cancer can have devastating effects on your dog.
Another study found that early neutering may reduce bone mass.
Dogs with insufficient bone mass have a higher chance of getting fractures and other serious injuries. In a dog as active as Rottweilers can be, this is a problem to be aware of. Another problem that may come with insufficient bone mass is a greater arthritis risk.
Neutering your Rottie earlier than usual may open the door to a lot of other problems. Although there are good reasons to considering neutering, doing so too early may not be optimal for your dog’s health.
Does Neutering Affect my Rottweiler’s Size?
According to Dr. Winnie from A Love of Rottweilers, the individual dog’s bloodline determines the size that a Rottie is likely to reach.
The genes that your dog inherited from his sire and dam will make the most significant difference in your dog’s size at maturity. The diet that your dog receives also plays a role, although it is one that is less significant.
Although most Rottweilers have a shorter, stockier build, there is a variation in size even among purebred dogs from the same breeder. Most of these dogs have a similar growth rate, despite their neutering status when they reach maturity.
Some people who use their Rottweilers primary as guard dogs have concerns that neutering will keep them from having a muscular build. However, if neutered at an appropriate age, the dog should maintain the desired appearance.
In most cases, you can expect your Rottie to have the size and build that you desire even if you have him neutered. To make sure your dog develops the desired size and build, feed a high-quality puppy food until maturity.
Does Neutering a Rottweiler Stop Aggression Issues?
According to Meisterhunde Rottweilers, curbing aggression is a common reason for veterinarians to recommend neutering.
However, there are a lot of nuances involved in the answer to whether neutering stops aggression in male Rottweilers entirely. There are only some dogs whose aggressive and other anti-social behaviors end up being resolved with neutering.
Many Rottweilers have aggression issues that are due to inadequate training. If the training issues are unaddressed, neutering is unlikely to make a difference in the long run. In relatively few dogs, neutering might aggravate the aggression issues even further.
One of the issues that may impact aggressive or otherwise anti-social behavior is whether your Rottie was neutered at an earlier age than is recommended for the breed. Examples of this undesirable behavior include fearfulness and noise phobia.
Fear and phobic-based behavior can escalate into aggression very quickly. When a dog neutered too early has these types of issues, you will need to work harder to provide them with the reassurance that they may require to prevent acting out.
An unintended consequence of neutering a Rottweiler too young may include unwanted sexual behavior. Such behavior may consist of mounting other dogs, mounting people’s arms or legs, and aggression towards other males.
These types of behavior can be a nuisance or worse for people and animals who interact with your Rottie. You may require a trainer’s help to overcome these problems in your dog. It’s a good idea to consult with your vet in these types of circumstances.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Having a Rottweiler Neutered?
Eternal Moon Rottweilers highlight how neutering can increase your Rottie’s lifespan.
On average, a neutered male Rottie may live one to three years longer than a dog that has been left intact. For many owners, the increased lifespan is reason enough to have their Rottweiler neutered.
Scent marking is typical behavior for male dogs but more common in dogs that are not neutered. There are few things more frustrating than having a dog lifting his leg in the house. Dogs may also mark outdoor items, like patio furniture, more frequently.
An unneutered Rottweiler, like any other dog, is at risk of escaping from the yard and getting lost. When a dog is intact, the small of a female in heat several miles away may encourage him to roam, possibly getting attacked by other dogs.
Wandering dogs also have a high likelihood of getting hit by cars, with an estimated 1.2 million dying this way yearly. When a dog is in search of a mate, he will act without thinking about any threats to his safety.
Once a dog has been neutered, his testicular cancer risk vanishes. Testicular cancer is often aggressive and able to spread quickly. Neutered dogs also have fewer problems with BPH than dogs who are intact.
Neutering your dog eliminates some nuisance behaviors, keeps your Rottie safer, and also keeps him healthier. When you have had him altered at an appropriate age, you will find the benefits outweighing the risks.
Does Neutering Impact Your Rottweiler’s Protective Instincts?
The German Shepherder notes that Rottweilers are supposed to be a protective breed. However, aggressive or dominant behavior is undesirable.
Although neutering reduces same-sex and territorial aggression, neutered males will retain typical breed traits. For example, most Rotties will take a cautious approach towards unfamiliar dogs until they are sure of the newcomer’s intentions.
Regardless of Rottweiler’s neuter status, he will benefit from proper socialization around other people and dogs. Part of being a good watchdog or guard dog is knowing when to treat something or something as a threat and when to stand down.
Training can help when a dog displays excessive aggression. Many trainers specialize in dealing with aggression issues in dogs. In many cases, sessions with a trainer will put problem behavior to rest.
If your Rottie still has yet to be neutered and is showing aggression that is difficult to control, neutering is the best course to pursue. Neutering will prevent the dog from fathering offspring with a similar disposition.
You Should Ideally Neuter Your Rottweiler Between 12 and 24 Months
Although opinions have varied about whether early neutering is best, most agree that 12 to 24 months is the best age for altering. Neutering a Rottie when he is too young increases the risk of health and behavior problems. When a Rottweiler is neutered at the ideal age, he will be a healthier, better-adjusted dog.