Ultimately, I ended up not getting my female spayed at that time, but probably will now, for the simple fact that she's much older and I doubt she can get much slower, fatter or lazier than she already is. But I've also got a young (two-year-old) female setter, and Ozzy, my new male setter pup, so it's something I've been thinking about lately. Again, I'm not a breeder, and the only two litters of gundogs I've raised have both been whoopsies. Well-bred whoopsies, but whoopsies nonetheless. It'd be nice to not have any more whoopsies, but at the same time I don't want to experience any behavioral or health changes with my dogs. And it's worth noting that I've never had any of my dogs spayed or neutered, so from a personal perspective, I simply don't have one.