Joe Neutered......Xav Tutored
Once there, the vet and I talked. Joe's vet is a hunter who works retrievers. I asked about Joe's weight gain, and explained how Chester made it 13 years because he was kept lean and lightweight. Less weight meant less hip problems. I commented on Chester's gorgeous huge muzzle.
Joe's vet explained that the huge Golden Retriever muzzle, full chest, and lean hips are secondary sex characteristics. Chester was never neutered, and as he aged he got to hanging pretty low. Joe's vet stated that many Golden's are neutered at 6 months, and as a result, never get the hormones of puberty to make them into the beautiful dogs they are destined to be. If neutered to early, Golden Retrievers keep the puppy muzzle which becomes a pinhead as they age. They develop the physique of a loaf of bread. Then the weight wears out their hips. Then they hurt in old age, and are frequently put down by their owners.
Being a nurse, I should have known better. The adoption agreement with the shelter can be damned. I'm not taking that route with Joe Dog. We will wait until he's over a year for neutering. Molan Labe pound! I can uncross my legs now.