I recently asked my vet this question. She is a very well regarded Reproductive vet, one of the top in the State and one of the top English Bulldog vets in the Southeast. She is not one of those vets that automatically pushed spay/neuter but neither does she push for you to breed your dog.
She knows that we are not breeding my female, and when I asked about spaying she said she wanted to get back to me about it because she's been reading some new studies that are suggesting that the longer the female keeps her reproductive organs the longer lived and healthier the female is. She doesn't like to do it before 2 if it is avoidable. I understand wanting to spay a female as dealing with heat cycles is difficult and inconvienent, but I think this has more to do with the owner's needs and abilities than the dog.
As far as the males go I don't really see any need to neuter unless there is a medical necessity. My monorchid boy will have his retained testicle removed between 2-2.5 and I am choosing to leave the other one in place. I know some older dogs that have prostate issues are neutered. If you are neutering to avoid behavior problems then I have read that it is best to do it 6-12 months while they are still puppies before they develop adult behaviors.
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)
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