cryptorchidism in dogs and possible health-related problems
One Puppy testicle has not dropped, 7 weeks old.
If I purchase this puppy, will he have an elevated expectation of health problems?
How elevated and what health issues could we be facing?
Firstly, although at 7 - 8 weeks of age most puppies will have both testicles descended, it's perfectly possible that the second one will come down anytime over the next few weeks, or months.
I personally wouldn't worry too much for a couple more months yet, and definitely not assume that this pup will be cryptorchid.
However, if it does turn out that the second testicle doesn't descend, as far as I know the only real health-issue is that there is a higher risk of it becoming cancerous than if it were descended. It's recommended that cryptorchid dogs are neutered to prevent this from happening.
Other than that, I don't know of any other real concerns. However, I am not a veterinarian and I would definitely recommend discussing this question with your own veterinarian in order to get a professional opinion.
Unless this puppy is being purchased as a show dog with breeding potential, then I personally don't think there's any real reason not to choose him if he has everything else that you want in terms of lineage, looks, personality etc. Most pet dogs should be neutered anyway for health and behavioral reasons, so this shouldn't be a problem.
I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck with whatever decision you make.
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