DH & I are experienced dog owners, but I have never had a girl dog that has needed to be spayed - we've either had boys (that we've castrated around 12-18 months), or the girls have come already spayed from rescue.
On Saturday, I acquired, very unexpectedly, a small 8 week old baby Ewok female Floofy puppy and because my DH is so awesome and said yes, she is staying. However, we have a working male Welsh sheep dog who is not castrated and, for a variety of reasons (all very carefully considered), he's not going to be.
I certainly don't want Ewok/Welsh sheep dog crosses (the mind boggles!), so "Floofy pup" will be spayed as soon as is practically possible. Except I don't know exactly when that should be. I would prefer before her first season, so I don't have Ewok X sheep dogs, so I'm guessing around 6 months, but I have had so much conflicting advice about before or after first season, I don't know what is best.
Yes you will hear lots of conflicting advice, but some of it is dated. The current advice is any time after 6 months of age. It is okay to do it before the first season. You will hear people talk about urinary incontience if done before the first season a very large study showed that the bitches who get this get it regardless of when we spay them. This is as a result of the large meeting Chaired by Davina Anderson European and RCVS specialist in soft tissue surgery and attended by around 250 vets last June. You are being very responsible doing it before first season as Ewok X sheepdog sounds like it could be recipe for c-section. I am loving the idea of a Floofy Ewok puppy.
Picture of "Floofy Ewok" is uploaded to my profile.
DH denies all claims that it's his dog too. He's told me that it's in no way a farm dog, it's never going to be a farm dog, it's an embarrassment to farm dogs and she looks like a hedgehog... and then I caught him cuddling her when he thought I wasn't looking
We had our bitch done at 6 months as per our contract with the rescue, she was absolutely fine. I can't open your profile, don't know if this is cos I'm on the ipad? (Frustrating!). How did you come to acquire her?
Do you have any idea what breeds she may have in her - or is she a good old Heinz 57?
I am no expert, but we were recently told that spaying prior to the first season completely removes any chance of mammary cancer in later life - so that's one good reason for getting it done and I would say having an entire male around the place and not wanting a litter of Ewok x Sheepdogs is another really sensible reason.
My friend had her Whippet spayed at 12 weeks! She's about 2.5 now and being spayed that early hasn't appeared to have done her any harm. Although every dog is different I guess, I'm just giving an experience.
I've been looking into this a lot lately as my dog is 7 months and i actually had her booked in to be done, however i changed my mind and decided to let her have 1 season so she is more "mature" (its just as well tbh as she would of practically been about to go on heat just after the op) However as you have a male dog i would probably have her done at 6 months.