What Is The Best Age To Neuter A Cavoodle

Updated October 18th, 2020

Whether you call it neuter, spay, castrate or desex, there’s been a lot of debate about the right time to get it done in dogs. That’s because it varies from breed to breed. Recently, a study was published on the best age for neutering small dog breeds like Cavoodles.

The study actually looked at 0-9kg crossbreeds but this data should be the closest match to a Cavoodle currently available.

This paper provides the first evidence for small dog breeds on choosing a time of desexing with the fewest health problems. The study compared the dogs neutered at different ages for their rates of:

All of these have been suspected to be linked with the age of neutering. Here’s what they found (only bold values are significant, my summary to follow):

HDCCLEDAt Least One
Male < 6 months0/15 (0)0/15 (0)0/15 (0)0/15 (0)
Male 6 – 11 months0/17 (0)0/17 (0)0/17 (0)0/17 (0)
Male 1 year0/39 (0)0/38 (0)0/39 (0)0/38 (0)
Male 2 – 8 years0/35 (0)1/34 (2.94)0/35 (0)1/34 (2.94)
Male Intact0/93 (0)1/92 (1.09)0/94 (0)1/92 (1.09)
Female < 6 months0/34 (0)1/33 (3.03)0/33 (0)1/32 (3.13)
Female 6 – 11 months0/59 (0)1/59 (1.69)0/61 (0)1/59 (1.69)
Female 1 year2/87 (2.3)3/87 (3.45)0/88 (0)3/87 (3.45)
Female 2 – 8 years0/58 (0)0/58 (0)0/59 (0)0/58 (0)
Female Intact2/89 (2.25)3/88 (3.41)1/90 (1.11)4/88 (4.55)
Joint disorders. For ages 1 through 11 years and for each neuter period: no significant findings.
LSAMCTHSAOSAAt Least One
Male < 6 months0/15 (0)0/15 (0)0/15 (0)0/15 (0)0/15 (0)
Male 6 – 11 months0/17 (0)0/16 (0)0/17 (0)0/17 (0)0/16 (0)
Male 1 year0/39 (0)1/39 (2.56)0/39 (0)0/39 (0)1/39 (2.56)
Male 2 – 8 years1/35 (2.86)0/34 (0)0/35 (0)0/35 (0)1/34 (2.94)
Male Intact2/92 (2.17)5/96 (5.21)0/94 (0)0/94 (0)7/94 (7.45)
Female < 6 months0/32 (0)0/34 (0)0/34 (0)0/34 (0)0/32 (0)
Female 6 – 11 months0/58 (0)1/60 (1.67)0/61 (0)0/61 (0)1/57 (1.75)
Female 1 year0/86 (0)1/84 (1.19)0/88 (0)0/88 (0)1/83 (1.2)
Female 2 – 8 years0/58 (0)0/57 (0)0/58 (0)0/59 (0)0/55 (0)
Female Intact2/87 (2.3)0/90 (0)0/90 (0)0/90 (0)2/87 (2.3)
Cancers. For ages 1 through 11 years and for each neuter period: no significant findings.

UI was not reported in early spayed females.

Summary: The Best Cavoodle Spay & Neuter Times

As you can see, there is minimal evidence that health problems in small dogs like Cavoodles are influenced by the age of neutering. Owners of either sex are therefore free to choose the age of desexing that suits them best.

Recommendation: 6 months for both males and females.

The study authors are to be applauded to bringing into focus one of the most common questions from dog owners. For the Staffy at least, they’ve made the decision a lot easier.

Related: Best Desexing Age For 39 Breeds | Desexing Choices For Dogs | Costs Of Desexing

By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
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