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I know that this topic is probably here somewhere, maybe i am just overlooking it. I have heard different things on this subject. I in fact want to have my puppy spayed as I don't want any puppies running around because I am in fact no breeder. I would however like your opnion on what would be a good age to have the female doberman spayed. All responses will be greatly appreciated:)

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Great question Dobiegirl.  I know there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there about both spaying and neutering.  Some say it's ok to have them spayed as early as 4 months.  Some say a dog should go through heat one time.  Others say a dog needs to have a litter of puppies.  I for one am looking forward to some concrete answers to your question.

Let me say, going through heat with a companion dog is no fun.  Freyja went through heat at 8 months old, right before I was to head out for a week long trip, just her and I, in the camper.  We made diapers for her, since she is an insdie dog, but it was a pain dealing with them.  My hesitation in having her spayed earlier was in whether or not I'd ever want to show her just once.  After dealing with one heat I decided that was out.  I felt like I'd lose Freyja for 6 weeks/year and I didn't want that.  For us, having her spayed was a great decision.

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Well, that just made me feel a lot better about my decision! Sophie has seen 2 different vets because her regular vet does not do ear cropping, but he told me at around 12 weeks. The vet that did her ear cropping told me 4-5 months??? So which one? I think 4 months is in the middle, so maybe that is safe!? I too am NO breeder, and I do not want any puppies...my girls would want to keep them all, and for now my min pin and dobe are just enough!  Plus it is healthier for them in the end...and I do not want any univited guests...lol

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My vet told me that as soon as he had all his shots comlete they could do it anytime after that, which would have put him at about 4-5 months.   All dogs in the past have been done about that time frame also but all my dogs have always been males.

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I had Ziva spayed when she was 5 1/2 months old.  I waited until she was finished with her basic obedience puppy classes before taking her, but wanted it done before the first heat.  I have read many places that spaying before the first heat cuts the chances of ovarian cancer later on in life, in half with dogs.

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Thanks for the information guys .. Much appreciated:)

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It has become more and more popular with the rise in people adopting puppies/kittens from shelters that pediatric neuters and spays are done.  I've had a lot of discussions with vets on this and trainers - and pediatric spays and neuters generally are not thought of as good ideas.

Your puppy is missing out on important hormonal development if they are spayed too early because they don't just take the uterus out they take out everything.  The reason why shelters do it is because they want to home the pets as soon as possible while they are young and cute.

YOU have the luxury of time as you got your baby before this happened.  6 months I feel is a good age, you'll get her before she goes through a heat (which if you spay during a heat costs more money because its more messy/risky) and she gets the time to have the hormones that she needs to grow healthy and strong.  Spaying later, even if you were breeding, can be a problem as they can develop life-threatening infections and the older they are when you spay the harder it is for them to recover and more painful on their body.

Just my thoughts.  Hope it helps.

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Any information re: false pregnancies? Our golden girl went through a horrific time after she was spayed.. Hindsight tells us we had it done too soon after she had her last litter. Vet said she was ready..Sofia said she was not. we had no idea what happened to the pups or how long before we rescued her that she gave birth.. we don't even know how many babies she had.. She still tries to mother baby birds, bunnies and me.

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I personally don't know very much about false pregnancies, it's not something I really ever came into contact with.  Poor Sofia, it must've been rough to be a mama and have her babies taken too soon.