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Spaying and the Schutzhund bitch....

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on how spaying a bitch who is starting out in schutzhund will affect future drives? I have a puppy owner (coming up to a year) who had planned to spay, however they are involved in a working club and the other members are advising him not to. Just curious if anyone has any thoughts?
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I've been told by a few respected schutzhund people at my club that it will not affect a serious dog with the drive to work.

I think she'll be fine. If she's got the drive and determination, I'll think she'll still excel at it. I'm curious to see what others say though.
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Not involved in the sport at all..but Saph still has all that prey drive if not more since being spayed! Wish she had an outlet lol.
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Should not affect drives. There were studies in Germany comparing Intact Females, Spayed females, Intact males and neutered males in their drives and working ability. I can't find it for the life of me now. But know the Intact males were the worst with the intact females behind them.

I can tell them from my own personal experience as well in GSDs in Search and Rescue. My intact male was more distractable and hard female was exceptional when intact, but even more so once spayed. I believe she was more balanced afterwards in reference to drives...didn't challenge me so much.
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You don't want to neuter males, but I don't think it makes a difference with spaying females. Matt Arpano's female out of the Wustensturm B litter was spayed and she performs well. Inga at our club owned and handled Dixie, who was arguably the most successful Rottweiler bitch in North America (15 Sch3 titles). Inga told me Dixie was much more predictable and worked better after getting spayed.
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