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Old 06-08-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What Age To Spay Female, What Age To Neuter Male

I wanted to get your opinion on this.

Next year I am getting a female GSD puppy and want to know what age I should spay her.

I figured this could help others as well

Thank you!

What age do you think is best to spay a female?

What age do you think is best to neuter a male?
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know for males I would wait until about 2 (if I could). For females, I'm actually one of the weirdos that plans on finding a vet that will do a partial spay....
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I always neutered my Rhodesians at about 1.5 year to let them develop a nice muscular physique. I'm not sure what the opinions are re GSDs. I'll be interested in reading about that here.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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When you get her answer, would you please let us know her opinion?
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My vet said that if it is done before first cycle it greatly reduces the chance of mammary tumors later in life, expecially in shepherds. I personally don't know what to think, I always hear different answers on this subject.
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i know for males i would wait until about 2 (if i could). For females, i'm actually one of the weirdos that plans on finding a vet that will do a partial spay....
i 'm with you on this one!!!
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I know for males I would wait until about 2 (if I could). For females, I'm actually one of the weirdos that plans on finding a vet that will do a partial spay....
partial spay? define?
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My vet said that if it is done before first cycle it greatly reduces the chance of mammary tumors later in life.

there is not much debate on this point. it is just a question of weighing that against possible health issues due to spaying early.

there has been at least one study pointing toward females who keep their reproductive organs longer having longer lifespans. the study ive seen was done on such a small scale that i personally didnt find it to be very conclusive. id love to see more studies done in regards to that. anecdotally, every female that has been part of my family has been spayed before their first heat (6 dogs total) and they all lived well past their breeds expected life span. of course, that is not science, just my experience.
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So females should go through 1 or 2 cycles before being spayed?

Males should be around 2 years old when they get neutered?
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