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    Senior Member TonyLattuca's Avatar
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    Just thought that I would ask from people that have experience with it, when you had your female spaded after 2 yrs. old did it really effect their drive? Reason why I ask is its always been a wise tale and wondered if there was any truth to it. Ive never fixed any of my females but you never know.

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    No, it will not affect her drive in a negative way. In fact I think there may be two performance benefits to spaying a female: a) no heat cycles- so no interruption to running tests or swimming b) no more of that pre-heat cycle silly/distracted attitude.

    Perhaps a bigger consideration is the possible health effects (pros and cons) of spaying. Here is some light reading for ya:

    http://www.caninesports.com/uploads/...tions_2013.pdf

    http://www.doglistener.co.uk/neutering_definitive

    http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

    http://www.vizslacanada.ca/SNBehavio...taSnapShot.pdf

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0055937
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    thanks for the info, I figured it was bs. I dont have a female I was just curious .

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    the old timers used to say the best hunter was a fixed bitch.
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

    "The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin

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    Both my female Labs have been fixed as pups ( 5-7 mos). My first a BLF lived to be 14 and was a great hunter until she was retired due to old age. So far my current pup who was spayed in March is over the surgery and right back into training.
    Labrador Retriever, a 20g & grouse...is there a better combination?

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    My dog was spade at 3 years old and it didn't affect her drive one bit. She didn't get fat either which is another wives tale

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    Ken,

    Were the old timers talking about the one shooting or retrieving?

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    Had my BLF spayed after her third heat cycle, she was 1 1/2 years old. Didn't change anything about her personality, working or hunting abilities, and she did not gain any weight. She is 4 now.
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