Ya this is definitely a HOT topic of opinions. My very first dog died from uterine cancer (she was never spayed) my mom's Jack Russell also died from cancer (not spayed) My first GSD I spayed right after her first heat (about a 11 months old). She lived to be 16 years old, and it was her hips that gave out.
Female heats are SOOOO messy, I have no intentions of breeding Dooney, so I just got her spayed at 8 months (hoping to avoid a heat cycle). If I had a male I would probably wait until at least 18 months of age. The owners of her litter mate brother are waiting until he is 2 to get him "fixed" due to their vets recommendation. For me it was just the messy thing- I didn't want to have to deal with diapers, the mess, etc. The vet said anytime after 6 months, and rescues/humane society's spay much earlier than that.
Waiting and not waiting i think both have their drawbacks.
Dooney Von Pell- GSD 01/25/2011
Karma's Wycked Revenge- GSD 05/16/2012
Skye- WGSD 1991-2007
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