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Old 17th December 2003, 09:40 AM
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My young Male boxer which is almost a year and a half has not dropped his testicles yet. I asked a vet about it and he said he should of by now and if not then he is probably sterile. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem and what causes this? Pretty Boy is the only male I've had since birth and so I don't know much about males. My other male, Tex, I bought when he was 1 1/2 years old and had no problems with him. I also was wanting to find out if this could be hereditary because I have Pretty Boys mom, Madison, and I don't know if I should breed her any more or not if the gene is coming from her?

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Old 17th December 2003, 11:43 AM
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So is this a hereditary on the mothers side or fathers? I've never experienced a problem like this before. Can it be prevented or anything like that? That really sucks to because I kept Pretty Boy out of last years litter for a stud and he's beautiful. He has almost a perfect star on his chest, we had his ears cropped (which was a big learning experience) and everything. He's a fawn and white.

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Old 17th December 2003, 12:32 PM
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The exact mode of inheritance is unknown but I have heard of a few "studies" (I don't recall if they were actual science or just large surveys) that show it is likely largely due to the dam's side.

I would say that unless the dam has everything else to offer the breed - generations of long-lived titled producers of merit behind her, is titled herself with titled (or title-able) offspring, has a flow rate below 1.7 m/sec, hips Excellent or in the highest percentile, normal thyroid yearly, "0" holters yearly, normal CERF yearly - it's best to spay her. There are plenty of good bitches out there who *don't* carry the gene for undescended testicles - it would take a stellar bitch to overcome the gene.

 
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Old 17th December 2003, 02:28 PM
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My young Male boxer which is almost a year and a half has not dropped his testicles yet. I asked a vet about it and he said he should of by now and if not then he is probably sterile.
I am very surprised that your vet did not notice this sooner. I don't know all the details of your male's medical history and vet visits, but I would be very concerned that no one has brought this to your attention before. As Julie and Christina have both suggested, the best thing for him is to neuter him ASAP. The retained testicles will get very warm from being up inside his body and as a result his chances of getting cancer are much, much higher.

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Old 17th December 2003, 02:35 PM
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I also think it would be a good idea to have them both fixed. Probably the other male as well since he's still intact unless he has passed all of the health testing necesary to have the best chance to produce quality pups with good health and has been evluated by either an unbiased judge or breeder as a breeding quality dog.

 
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Old 17th December 2003, 03:19 PM
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I noticed this early on but not being experienced with this situation I didn't know but I will take care of it soon. Thank you all for your advise. I appreciate it.

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Old 17th December 2003, 04:05 PM
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I would also consider getting a new vet. If your vet didn't bring up any of the things others on this thread have, I would have serious reservations about this vet's knowledge in general. I'd be on the phone with him asking why HE didn't tell me about higher probability of cancer, and why HE didn't highly suggest neutering!

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Old 17th December 2003, 04:53 PM
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Something you might be interested in reading

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I know that not all of these points apply to you but I think some of them do.

And yes your vet should know and tell you all about health problems in your pets....but you have chosen to breed your animals so it is up to you to do your part to become a responsible dog breeder and research these types of things.

 
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Old 8th January 2004, 11:59 AM
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I had my male fixed last week, the one whose testicles had not droped so he don't have to worry about cancer or any other problems. He's doing good. Thanks for the info. on that. Now he'll be a healthy house dog, if I can get him to stop tearing things up. I've delt with this many times with my other boxers. I don't mind though. I love them so much.

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Old 8th January 2004, 12:24 PM
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Glad to hear Pretty Boy has been neutered! Sounds like he came thru just fine...
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Old 9th January 2004, 08:23 AM
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Good for you!! He'll be a much happier dog and you'll be a much happier owner as a result!!

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Now he'll be a healthy house dog, if I can get him to stop tearing things up
Magnum will be six this month and he STILL tears things up - toilet paper, magazines, tissues, boxes, paper from my office trash can etc...

Like you, I say - Gotta love 'em!!

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Old 9th January 2004, 10:25 AM
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I am so happy to hear that you've done the best thing for your sweet boxer boy. Looks like you've educated yourself and made a very wise decision! Good for you and good for him!

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