Neutering My Male Cocker Spaniel Puppy

by Niadra
(Riverdale, GA)

Where's My Bear?

Where's My Bear?

I have a six month-old male cocker spaniel and I have a three and a half year-old female cocker who was spayed at six months of age.

My male cocker has been humping his little bear quite a lot lately. Now, he's chasing my female and sniffing underneath her - she's not liking him sniffing her every move, not one little bit!

I need to know is it too soon to have him neutered? Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.

Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)

Hi Niadra, At six month of age, your male cocker spaniel is probably old enough to be neutered, although your vet is really the only person who can confirm and recommend this.

Vets will usually only recommend neutering when the puppy is physically 'mature' enough and as dogs develop at different rates, not all puppies are ready at six months. Signs that he may be mature enough are, for example, cocking a leg to pee (rather than doing a 'girlie' pee) and his testicles need to have dropped.

Like I said, your vet will advise you on this.

I'd like to point out, while we're on the subject, that your male puppy is humping his little bear may not necessarily mean that he's sexually excited. It can also be a sign of anxiety, frustration, or boredom. If you think that might be the case, you might want to give him a little extra exercise or a couple of stimulating puppy toys.

Hope this helps!

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What is The Right Age to Neuter My Male Dog?
by: Pauline

In respect of your claim:

'Cocker males should be desexed at 2 years of age to avoid joint problems and cancer which can occur if done too young. 6 months is way too young, and it does not affect their behaviour at all'.

I would be interested in knowing the source of your current research, as my understanding is that vets recommend male Cockers are neutered from 6 months onwards. Obviously, this will depend on the health and physical development of the puppy.

In the interest of balance, I would like to point out the following.

The Royal Veterinary College at the University of London recommends the following:

'Dog and Puppy Neutering

The decision of whether or not to have your dog neutered can be daunting, and there can be a lot of contradictory information available on the subject. We recommend that both male and female dogs are neutered (castrated for males and spayed for females) from four months of age on health grounds. We base this recommendation on the best scientific evidence available.'

The report can be viewed here:

The PDSA have the following view:

'Most dogs can be neutered at around 6 months old, but it’s important to discuss the timing with your vet'

It can be seen here:

Thank you for posting. I look forward to understanding your source.

Kind regards,
Pauline (Website Owner)

2 years is the sweet spot
by: Anonymous

Current research leads to recommend Cocker males should be desexed at 2 years of age to avoid joint problems and cancer which can occur if done too young. 6 months is way too young and it does not affect their behaviour at all.

by: Jenna

My little boy was castrated when he was 8 months old on the recommendation of my vet because he was becoming very aggressive.

My vet said that even if my puppy hadn't been aggressive, he would still recommend neutering because of all the health benefits.

Neutering My Puppy
by: Anonymous

My cocker spaniel was castrated at 6 months and one week - as recommended by my vet. I can honestly hasn't made one bit of difference to him. He still humps everything in sight - my leg, my visitors, his bed, his teddy and his blanket!

I do exercise him a lot, and he has lots of toys to play with, but I just don't know how to stop him. I don't find it too much of a problem (my visitors do though!) so I think I'll just leave him. Ha Ha!

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