I think if she will continue to be outside, I would definitely spay her at 6 months. Just a word of advice, Della went into heat at 6 months, so take all precautions. All of my dogs have been spayed between 6-12 months. I know the current thinking has changed, but mine have all been fine.I haven't spoken to my vet yet about spaying my Xena yet. I do plan on spaying her at 6 months. Right now she is an outside dog; hoping to bring in her inside but not yet. We have some wandering male dogs I know are not fixed. I don't want to deal with puppies that you can't give away and I don't want to send any to shelters. I believe it would be best for her to be fixed at 6 months.
Is anyone else fed up with vets (and their vet techs) having contrary opinions in front of you during a visit? I was told that shepherds continue to develop until they are about 18 months old. I was also told to neuter my dog as soon as possible, we'll see you at 11 months and no later than 12 months. This was all in one visit. Maybe I'm done with Banfield. ^.^
Honestly until people get more responsible I think it does more good than harm. Breeders who have spay/neuter contracts and enforce them are helping from people who get talked into just one litter. Or the neighbor's dog might jump the fence and accidentally breed the female or the male hood to fence trolling for the ladies.I wish more breeders would take this into account while requiring these surgeries per contract. Some even claim that neutering and spaying is healthier than leaving them intact.
I agree. I support responsible people by making exceptions to board their intact dogs.Honestly until people get more responsible I think it does more good than harm. Breeders who have spay/neuter contracts and enforce them are helping from people who get talked into just one litter. Or the neighbor's dog might jump the fence and accidentally breed the female or the male hood to fence trolling for the ladies.I wish more breeders would take this into account while requiring these surgeries per contract. Some even claim that neutering and spaying is healthier than leaving them intact.
I do know of breeders that require waiting until 18 months old or parts of the health guarantee such as for hip dysplasia are voided. But overall especially with the current breed my dog to anything and if it's mixed give it a designer dog name and make some cash on puppies, spaying and neutering needs to happen even more than it does.
I'd much rather more people get educated on responsible owning and buying dogs but there isn't a huge movement on that. And if spay/neuter decreases due to the health concerns then dog numbers are going to increase. Just because the vast majority of the public currently spay/neuter but if we switch that up then it'll be easier for people to be talked into 'just one litter' or for there to be lots of oops.
I support responsible owners not choosing to spay and neuter and I'll personally probably leave any future males intact and continue to spay females at 2-3(due to pyometra risk) But I'm not going to suggest it to most people. If my uncle had neutered his dog younger his wife wouldn't have gotten a very human aggressive female dog (3 years old, has bitten multiple people including me since they just recently got her) and brought 6 more mixed puppies into the world and if any of them turn out aggressive like the mother I doubt any of the homes will be able to handle them.
Do you have evidence based information on the numbers of prostate issues in intact males? I lived in Europe for many years and never heard about one. Of course not evidence based but more in real life. All these health scares are not as common as many think they are. I do realize that even in one case you don't want it to be your dog. Example: I am not cutting of his tail because he might injure it someday, same as having a prostate. Just because it can get cancerous, it should be removed? Just my take.There are good reasons to neuter an intact male. Prostate issues and certain behaviors are both good reasons to neuter.