Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Olympia, WA
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It seems more and more of this kind of information has been made available recently. My breeder was very adamant about not neutering before 10 months old with Raffy, and he was just about 10 1/2 months old when we did it. I likely would have waited another year until he was fully mature, had I been more aware of these health concerns. When I got Sassy, my breeder asked me to wait until she was at least a year old to spay her. I assume she requested I wait longer due to more, and new information about it, such as this article. Since Raffy is already neutered, I may not spay Sassy at all (I will also not breed her) since there's NEVER an occasion for her to get accidentally pregnant. I am realizing now that the push for spay/neutering was less about dog health and more about irresponsible dog owners and unwanted puppies.
I didn't get my cockapoo spayed until she was 7 years old, and she is very much on the small side (for a cockapoo) at 16.5 lbs. My groomer actually questioned if she was actually a cockapoo because she's so little compared to most. Our previous cockapoo was also a cocker/toy poodle mix spayed at 6 months old. She was about 22 lbs in her prime and definitely a taller dog. My father and his neutered dachshund came to live with us when Shady was 5 years old. After 3 heats, I found the behavior between the two during heat to be unbearably annoying, which is why she was spade at 7 years old. Little did I know that my father, then his dog would pass within a year after that. However, with another male dog in the house and another bitch, it's still probably for the best that Shady is spade.