There are several reasons that a person may choose not to spay their female German Shepherd Dog. Maybe you want to breed her in the future? Maybe you feel it is important for her to mature before spaying? Or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
If you keep an intact female, she will eventually come into heat. Female GSDs usually have their first heat cycle between 6 and 12 months, although some can go younger or older. They tend to have a heat every 6 months, but that can vary from dog to dog. A typical heat cycle lasts about three weeks, but here again that can vary by individual female.
You can help to keep your house nice and clean by using doggy diapers or panties, which you can purchase locally in Akron at the Pet Supplies Plus store near you. You can also check The Pet Loft, a locally owned pet store located in Bath, just outside of Akron. Your dog may not like the diaper at first, but she will get used to it.
Many people do not realize the importance of keeping your female safe while she is in heat. When your dog is in heat, she should never be left alone outside, not even for a minute. Having a fenced in yard does not keep her safe! It is not uncommon for a dog to jump over or dig under a fence to get to a female in heat. Males have also been known to chew up a chain link fence or even breed the female through the fence!
While males are usually the ones trying to get to the female for breeding, it is not unheard of for the female to try to find a male! You may want to keep her on a leash when outside, just to be safe.
If you do not plan to responsibly breed your female, it would be much easier on you and her to have her spayed. It is a good idea to research the pros and cons of spaying early vs. spaying once mature. Either way, if your female comes into heat before you spay her, make sure to take the necessary precautions. Allowing her to be bred by some random male is not only irresponsible but also dangerous for your female.