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I wonder if he could be in a second fear period. If so, try to keep him within his comfort zone, if he starts looking stressy remove him from the situtation, or make the cause of the stress go away. If he learns that you will deal with things and he doesn't have to, he will get through it.

I agree there are good reasons to hold off on neutering for now. You don't want to take away his 'brave' testosterone, also it would be healthier to let him reach skeletal maturity before neutering (if you even go ahead at all).
 

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The two that were neutered early, eight and four months both had longer leg bones
Yes that's what happens. As I understand it, it's the adolescent hormones that slow down growth, and early neutering suppresses these hormones. So the bones continue to grow for longer than they would have, if the hormones had been present.

I agree, wait until your dog has reached skeletal maturity.
 
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