At nearly 18 months old I had my she-pup spayed. There have been studies that correlate some improved health with keeping our dogs intact. One of my biggest reasons to spay her was to keep her more emotionally stable. Her second heat she was like an angsty teenager, and she had to stay home for nearly a month. Now that she is close to her adult size I want to spare her mood fluctuations and missing out on adventures. It will be interesting to see how she does in the next few months. While she is healing she probably wonders why I am not playing with her. I wish I could explain these things to her, but within the next couple of weeks she'll be out romping around the yard again.
I've not raised a female from pup hood before and trying to decide when to spay left me with much second guessing. Anyone else leave their gals intact past the typical 6 months? Did you notice much of a difference?