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Looking at Adult Hav Female - Questions
thanks for all the great advice this past week. I think I've concluded that a puppy would be too much for me right now, but the right adult could work out well for me. I contacted a breeder I'd spoken to once before who had some pups, inquiring about whether she had any adults, and she does have a 2-3 year old female who had her first litter this year. (I assume she has not yet been spayed.)
I haven't met her yet, and I will have a lot of questions for the breeder in terms of her health and temperament, making sure the dog would be happy here as the only canine princess in a quiet house where I'm home most days, but at the computer a lot working. She says she is very sweet, but it was a brief e-mail and that's all I know so far. She is all white (yikes! that sounds like high maintenance.... but I have been saying all along that personality and temperament are my #1 priority, so...). She's local and wouldn't have to be shipped or purchased sight-unseen, which is nice.
Are there any special considerations with females who are spayed after their first litter in terms of health? Are the surgeries more complicated, are they more or less prone to certain problems, etc.? Do they mark? (I know that's more of a male trait, but I had an unspayed female mixed breed here a few months ago who marked everything in the house, something I'm not crazy about.)
Any thoughts on the older, post-litter female thing would be much appreciated!