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I waited until she was fully grown and had her first heat. It really depends on your situation, I think..If you can put up with the heat and you aren't around any un neutered boys, I think waiting is better.
Pros and cons, as with everything in life, Their chances of breast cancer goes up a smidgen, but by waiting til' they are fully grown you are letting their hormones assist in crucial bone and organ development, so their chances of arthritis, chrondodysplasia, hip dysplasia 'could' go down, its no guarantee either way that they won't get cancer or a bone disorder no matter what you choose, but if she is around intact boys, don't risk it.
I've heard stories of dogs jumping fences to get to fertile girls and you can't let them out of your sight for one minute, not even to pee in the yard by themselves, boys can smell a bitch in heat a mile away..
And the mess, there is the mess. You have to give lots of sink baths and make a special bedding with a vinyl bottom so nothing gets through to your carpets/ furniture, bed, etc. there is quite a bit of work involved taking care of a girl in heat,
And I should add her recovery was much harder than it would've been at 6 months, she was in a lot of pain and didn't bounce back in a few days like so many of the little puppies do, it took a good week for her to come back to normal, so weigh all pros and cons
Last edited by Thumper; 05-01-2012 at 08:45 AM.