Popular literature indicates (and we agree), that there are more risks than there are benefits, to early spay and neuter in Weimaraners.
If you own a Weimaraner from the Barrett Collective (Barrett Weimaraners, BaseCamp Weimaraners, or L&L Weimaraners), your purchase contract indicates that your dog should not be spayed prior to her first heat cycle or neutered prior to 12 months. The operative word is should. At the end of the day, you own your dog and it’s up to you, but we recommend waiting for the following reasons:
- Weimaraners need hormones (that are produced with puberty) to close growth plates in their bones. Early spay/neuter sends mixed (hormonal) signals that lead to long bones and “leggy” Weimaraners who look proportionately “off.”
- A study in Golden Retrievers concluded that early spay leads to higher rates of mast cell tumors, and early neuter leads to higher rates of lymphosarcoma.
- A study in Vizslas showed an increase in several types of cancer, including mast cell tumors, lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma.
- Increased rates of hip dysplasia.
- Increased risk of obesity and orthopedic injury.
- Increased risk of ligament tears.
- Increased risk of behavior disorders.
- Increased risk of bone cancer.
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– Kim, Erin, and Brent