there are a couple of dogs in the area but there are fixed and do not wonder out of their yards - electric fence - we all are wide spread - we all have 2 acres - about 400 feet between houses - i do have male dog a brussels griffon he's 11 and fixed - i do not want to breed just a pet owner - i'll leave the breeding to breeders - we have enough in our household - 2 cats, 2 parrotsWait til the dog is about 18 months or so (which generally means 2 heats) Also about 3 months after the last heat is better.
UNLESS you don't think you can keep her from breeding--do you have a male dog in your household; are there a lot of loose dogs in your neighborhood; do your neighbors have male dogs who might be able to dig under a fence; are you unable to watch her (go out with her) every single time you let her out to go potty?
Like to know when is the best age to spay a female dob - curious to know what's everyones opinion on this is?
my vet says about 6-7 months before her first heat? comments?
That was an interesting read, thanks for posting it.This is a good article in Veterinary Practice News that looks at the research out there on delaying spay/neuter: Neutering: The risks and benefits in the context of breed, sex, and age
And a good podcast on the topic with a science-based veterinarian: https://soundcloud.com/coneofshameshow%2Fcos-072-the-great-spay-debate
Well good thing I'm waiting until after 18 months for my girl. At 15 1/2 months she's topped out at about 27 1/2" in height. Hate to think she may have ended up taller with an early spay. Also both her and her sibling in my Double Trouble post have yet to have their first heat. Her sister belongs to a good friend of my breeder who confirmed no heat yet and said not to worry. Bonus side off this, I'll only have one cycle to go through.
My current female Dobe is 3 years young and was spayed (Ovariohysterectomy vs ovariectomy) before her first heat. As a result of the early spay and absence of the female hormone estrogen then bone plates continued growth making her slightly taller (26 1/2 in) than would be if she remained intact. Her weight is a well conditioned 75lbs. My hope is that she escapes issues of Pyometra and mammary tumours as the odds of early spay indicate those chances as being lowered. I see none of the androgynous characteristics in her appearance. She is high energy ( 5 + miles bikejoring 3x week dependent on bearable humane temp. & weather max couple inches snow) and high levels of play, prey, pack and defence drives that are never extinguished regardless of the level and intensity of training in those respective drives.
At the onset of this post I provided a link to prepare you in a Q&A discussion with your vet regarding the 'why and when to spay' vs the 'why not and when not to spay'.
In California where I'm at, the legislators to gouge us even more have a two tiered pet licensing system. For a 3 year license if the dog is spayed it's $90 or $30 a year, for a non-fixed dog it's $360 or $120 a year. And considering once the dog gets its rabies shot I have to go and show proof and license him/her and get the dog tags I'd rather only pay $90 vice $360 for a dog license - so earlier while it may not be the best thing to do for the dog it is for my wallet and unfortunately this State forces my hand especially since I'm not made of money.I honestly wish pediatric speuters were illegal.