Cryptorchidism in Dogs

Cryptorchidism is the medical term used to describe an undescended testicle in a dog. This condition can occur in one or both testicles and it may be present at birth (congenital), or it may develop after birth (acquired). Fortunately, cryptorchidism is generally treated with surgery.

The condition is present at birth.

Cryptorchidism is a condition that is present at birth. That means it is not an acquired condition, such as cancer or heart disease, which can be caused by environmental factors. It also isn’t a disease like measles or mumps. And finally, it’s not contagious—you won’t catch cryptorchidism from your dog!

It is an inherited condition that typically occurs in Toy and Miniature breeds.

Cryptorchidism, or retained testicles, is a genetic condition that typically occurs in Toy and Miniature breeds. It is not a life-threatening condition but can have serious consequences if left untreated. Cryptorchidism is also known as monorchism when it only affects one of the dog’s testicles.

Although cryptorchidism can occur in any breed of dog, it is more common in Toy and Miniature breeds such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese Poodles because they are likely to have a heritable factor affecting their ability to descend their testicles into the scrotum after birth.

It can occur in one or both testicles.

The condition can be inherited or caused by a genetic mutation. It tends to affect Toy and Miniature breeds more than any other, but it can occur in all breeds of dogs.

The condition typically affects one or both testicles, causing them to remain undescended within the body cavity until they eventually drop into place later on. This means that there are no physical symptoms associated with this condition until the affected dog reaches maturity, when he may experience problems related to siring offspring without an intact scrotum (the portion of the body where his testicles should reside).

While cryptorchidism appears much less frequently in cats than it does in dogs, some male cats are also affected by this condition owing to similar anatomical characteristics between felines and felids (families within which cats belong).

It can generally be treated with surgery.

If your dog is cryptorchid, you may be wondering if surgery is the best option. It’s important to remember that every case of cryptorchidism is different, so it’s best to consult your veterinarian about the best course of action for your dog.

Success rates vary depending on whether one or both testicles are affected and how far along in development they were before being lost outside their intended location. However, if both were removed before birth—which happens fairly often because one side had been identified earlier than expected—then chances are good that dogs will live happy lives without any further complications like infertility issues or hormone imbalances later down the road

An undescended testicle has a higher risk for testicular tumors and should be removed.

An undescended testicle has a higher risk for testicular tumors, so it should be removed. Testicular tumors can be malignant or benign and are surgically removed in the same way as other types of tumors in dogs.

Testicular tumors can be treated with chemotherapy if they’re malignant, but this isn’t always necessary unless the tumor is very large or aggressive.

If your dog is diagnosed with cryptorchidism, talk to your veterinarian about treatment options.

If your dog is diagnosed with cryptorchidism, talk to your veterinarian about treatment options.

It’s important to discuss the benefits and risks of surgery as well as not having surgery.

Your vet can give you information on what to expect if the testicles remain undescended, including the possibility of cancer in the future. This is why a diagnosis of cryptorchidism is sometimes called “hidden tumors”.


Cryptorchidism is a common condition in dogs. This article has covered the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder, but don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health. If you suspect that your dog may have cryptorchidism, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible for further evaluation and treatment recommendations.