I have a 16 week old puppy named Olive. Our vet said that we could have her spayed any time after she is 5 months old. I was talking to Olive's breeder yesterday and she recommended that we wait until she is at least 8-9 months old. The breeder said that would allow her body to fill out and mature. She said that Corgis that are spayed too early tend to be longer legged and racier. She also said that Corgis generally don't go into heat until 9-12 months of age. What do you all think?? This is my first time posting. Should this have been in the forum instead of blog?

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Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on July 9, 2010 at 5:22pm
Comment by Ray Cronin on July 9, 2010 at 5:22pm
The long legged thing sounds like a myth! (Perhaps we could ask some NBA players, lol).

We had Torri spayed at 5 months, before first heat. After about 36 really hurting hours, she almost immediately returned to normal. The vet gave us some pain pills, but there were not needed after the first night.
Comment by Crystal,Dixie and Harlan on July 9, 2010 at 5:21pm
My Dixie Bell was spayed at 6 months, I was also told by my vet that spaying before the first heat would limit mamory problems. Dixie has stubby little legs and runs like a bunny rabbit. By the way Dixie recovered very well from the surgery with no problems, I on the other hand was a mess until she got back home that night! Best of luck with your little one.
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on July 9, 2010 at 5:18pm
I'm a fan of early age spay/neuter. I don't really believe that they'll have longer legs. You can definitely tell the difference between an unneutered and neutered male a lot of the time but it just seems like they're more buff from the testosterone. Spaying before her first heat cycle drastically reduces the risk of breast cancer so that's something to think about, also, the younger they are the quicker they bounce back. I'm having Orion neutered right at four months.
Comment by Marion and Vern on July 9, 2010 at 4:33pm
We had Sami spayed at 5 months to the date. Although I lied to her and told her she was having a sleep over (haha). She acted just like it was a sleep over, healed up very quickly and never slowed down. Take a look at some of her pictures and judge for yourself. Olive is a beautiful gilr. Good luck and Welcome to mycorgi.
Comment by Sam Tsang on July 9, 2010 at 4:21pm
Hi Holiday! Generally posting in the forum and tag it will allow others readers to search, blog post can be private, your choice of turning off comments...etc. To answer your question: Read University of Melbourne Page 16, here's a short compilation from AVMA, Cornell, U of Guelph, Texas A&M and Tufts.
Comment by Alison Prasavath on July 9, 2010 at 3:34pm
Noodles was neutered at 6 months and after reading the comments below, I wonder if that is why his legs are so long. Noodles is a very big corgi, but I love him none the less! He will forever be my little boy.
Comment by Beth on July 9, 2010 at 3:04pm
If you wait til 8 months and she does have a heat, then you'll need to wait a couple months after that to spay, so think of the potential for a long delay. My vet spays, I think, 4 months after last heat for a female who has already cycled. Spaying early prevents the possibility of your having to wait til she's a year old to spay her. I've heard the theory that neutering early causes males to get BIGGER, because the increased testosterone shuts down the growth plates while neutering early keeps them open longer. But I really haven't heard that said of females.
Comment by Bev Levy on July 9, 2010 at 2:32pm
We had Izzy and Buffy spayed before their first heat and both had short legs so that seems unlikely to be the cause of longer legs to me! Izzy looks a bit like a furry caterpillar to me LOl.
Comment by Carla on July 9, 2010 at 1:39pm
This is an interesting topic, and one with a wide variety of opinions. It seems like every breeder has an opinion about it one way or another, but I don't know how much of that is based on superstition/folklore/unsubstantiated claims, and how much is based on actual science.

For me, it was a question of cost vs. benefit. I never did get any substantiated information about why waiting until Casey's first heat would be valuable, and because I had no reason to believe it would be beneficial to wait (but I could think of reasons it would be beneficial not to wait, such as not wanting to have a dog in heat in my house), we had her spayed at 5 1/2 months, before her first heat.

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