Spay or Neuter is required as a condition of Adoption with Doberman Rescue League*

One of the best things you can do for your Doberman is to have her spayed (neutered for males). In females, this means surgically removing the ovaries and usually the uterus, and in males, it means surgically removing the testicles. Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of certain types of cancers and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies. Performing this surgery also provides a chance, while your pet is under anesthesia, to identify and address some of the diseases your dog is likely to develop. For example, if your pet needs hip X-rays or a puppy tooth extracted, this would be a good time. This is convenient for you and easy for your friend. Routine blood testing prior to surgery also helps veterinarians to identify and take precautions for common problems that increase anesthetic or surgical risk.

When is a Doberman full grown?

At 12 months, a Doberman is considered an adult, as most upward growth is finished. The filling out and maturing will continue for more than another year. A male is not considered at his prime until about age 3 + years and a female at about age 2 to 3 years. The Dobermans lifespan is about 9.6 years, on average.

According to the AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines, Large-breed dogs (over 45 pounds projected adult body weight) should be neutered after growth stops, which usually is between 9 and 15 months of age. The decision on when to spay a large-breed female dog is based on many factors—your veterinarian can help narrow down the recommended window depending on your dog’s disease risk and lifestyle.

* There are circumstances that may delay or make spay or neuter an unhealthy option, including age, medical condition and ongoing medical procedures or conditions. We always make the health of our dogs our first consideration.