WD is blowing his coat now and he is in the wet NW and is an intact male.
If I ever get a female dog I will consider a part spay; remove the uterus and keep the ovaries to maintain her hormone levels and the luster of the coat.
Yeah, I debated about this one for a LOOOONG time and did a lot of research beforehand. I tracked down the only vet in Ireland willing to do a laparo spay after months of looking, and I was gonna opt for uterus only removal too....but I found for our situation, the cons outweighed the pros overall. My vet was willing to do this for me, but gave me a lot of sound advice before I finally decided to go for ovaries only removal in the end.
With uterus only removal, the dog still goes into heat and will attract males - but there will be no bleeding. There is still a risk of developing ovarian cancer and mammary cancer/tumours due to the hormone production.
With the ovaries only removal, there are no hormones so pyometra no longer is an issue, and risks of cancers/tumours drop as well. And of course, no heats either. However you do run the risk of a lacklustre coat it would seem.
The vet told me that any major growth and development, especially in the case of a female, would come from the dog's pituitary gland, rather than the ovaries themselves. (Actually, I'd be curious what others here on the forum think of that logic. I'm a bit on the fence with that one.)
If I ever got another female, I would probably still do the Ovaries only removal, providing I allowed enough time to pass for her to develop before hand. (ie: wait for at least two heats and between 15-18 months old. Up to 2 years if possible.)