Lilly was spayed at around 4 when she came from a shelter. I had Ben done at 19 months because of an undecended testicle and my couch was taking strain from being used as a p*ssing post. My family has always spayed at 6 months. My next bitch will be spayed at 2 if I can help it. I like to keep dogs intact for as long as possible too, but I cannot stand the smell of intact male urine! Blergh!