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My 7 month old Nubian Steve, it turns out it is a Cryptorchid. Vet says they are so far up inside his abdominal cavity that surgery would be too risky. He also said that since they are so far up, any sperm would be killed by his body heat.

Steve has no bucky smell and has never acted buck like. Has anyone had experiance with this?
 

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No experience with it in my goats but had a colt that way and my kitten. The kittens surgery was extensive, they were way up near his ribs. I can't imagine putting a goat thru that surgery. If your goat isn't acting Bucky then you may be good. At 7 months they are sometimes showing signs. Do you have any does around?
 

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He will smell and act like a buck if the testicles aren't removed. There also is still a chance he can reproduce with just the one retained testicle. I personally wouldn't keep one as a pet and I wouldn't use him for breeding since it can possibly be genetic.
 

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I've never had a goat or horse with this, but have heard that with horses they can still be fertile (even when the vet says they aren't) and they typically end up with cancer due to the testicles being where they shouldn't be. If you don't have any does he should be fine as a pet as long as he doesn't get stinky, if you do have does I would keep him separate just in case.
 

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Just saw your post in the Conformation section, if he was in poor health when you got him he likely won't get stinky this fall, but will next fall when he is healthier. Since testicles produce testosterone as long as they are still there his body will still be producing it and will eventually make him act like a buck. Since you haven't had him long, are you sure he wasn't already wethered and your vet is seeing something else? Does he still have a little sack where his testicles should be?
 

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Just saw your post in the Conformation section, if he was in poor health when you got him he likely won't get stinky this fall, but will next fall when he is healthier. Since testicles produce testosterone as long as they are still there his body will still be producing it and will eventually make him act like a buck. Since you haven't had him long, are you sure he wasn't already wethered and your vet is seeing something else? Does he still have a little sack where his testicles should be?
He still has a sack, but nothing in it. It does not appear the breeder ever attempted to have him castrated. They did not know what banding is, so I doubt if he was a failed band attempt

I've never had a goat or horse with this, but have heard that with horses they can still be fertile (even when the vet says they aren't) and they typically end up with cancer due to the testicles being where they shouldn't be. If you don't have any does he should be fine as a pet as long as he doesn't get stinky, if you do have does I would keep him separate just in case.
He lives with three wethers and a doe (who he thinks is his mother). When he starts acting bucky I'll figure something out.

I had read about the cancer risk, but the surgery is too risky. The vet is the most experienced with goats I could find and he doesn't feel its worth the risk.
 
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