Spaying- before or after 1st heat?

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I lost my 10 yr. old doberman to a certain type of heart failure (that I was told claims 50% of all dobes). I dont remember the exact name or it might make more sense. I lost her quite suddenly last Sat. early morning. Hwr heart rate was over 300, wher the normal is like 100-160 (or so). Anyway today I finally got some  sleep. She was my beloved dobe-- she took care of me after dialysis-- the 1st 8 mos. were really hard. Anyway she was the very best most beloved dog I ever had.

Anyway I took my Dad's advice "if youre going to get another dog (at all) get one right away". So we reserved a black female pup from Sierra Dobie Farms due to be whelped Feb. 5th  (& we get 1st pick!!!). To be my 4th dobe & maybe 10th dog, I just want to be an even better parent.

So my question is: should I spay her before or after her 1st heat? Most breeders say after, most vets say before. Other people have mixed opinions- but always with some reasons why.

What do you folks think?

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After, early spaying/neutering is linked to many medical problems. In the contract from my breeder it states that I am not allowed to spay my puppy until she is at least 1 year old. I am leaning towards not spaying her at all, she had her first season at 8 months with no problems. Here's an article about spaying/neutering with both for and against. There are risks associated with both spaying and not, but spaying too early has the most risks of all.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/your-dog-needs-to-be-spayed-or-neut...

Sorry to hear of your lost dog, was the condition DCM? It seems to claim a lot of our dobes :( there are tests which your breeder should do, both echos and DNA testing but it's still not a sure fire way to eliminate the disease.

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I dont know what DCM is, but she died of cardio myopathy (is that dcm?). I heard it claims 50% of our dobes. The sire-to-be of our puppy has been tested & is negative for the disease. I am ggoing to read the article you gave me.

Thanks,

Alfred

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yes DCM is dilated cardio myopathy :)