Even if we're all not totally convinced, my only point is that there are no studies to support the idea that desexing is the healthier option and yet this is what vets tell everyone. I've never had a vet tell me they disagree with paediatric desexing either.
Here is another article that includes references to multiple breeds. http://www.caninesports.com/uploads/...ns_2013.pdf
I mean if you could find me one article with any numbers, whether collected from large surveys or whatever that suggested that desexing the dogs was in their best interest from a pure health perspective, I would be very interested to read it. I can't find any.
I think you're taking my position on desexing a bit personally, from the sounds of things you have great dogs that live very happy lives and at the end of the day, my personal philosophy is that everyone should have access to all the information and then be able to make whatever decisions they want to suit their needs. It's just I also have a great dog who lives a very happy life and yet I am told every time I walk into a vet that he should be desexed and that I'm putting his health at risk by not doing so. There is no evidence to back this up so I disagree with vets telling everyone that.
I have never said that you or anyone for that matter would be jeopardising their dog's health by desexing them, I'm simply frustrated that I'm told I'm jeopardising my dog's health by not desexing him. As you have said, these studies are limited and not comprehensive enough to make any black and white conclusions. But they hint at disturbing trends that I think certainly warrant further investigation, which I think they are finally starting to get. In the mean time, in the absence of any evidence to suggest otherwise, I don't think vets should be telling everyone that their dogs should be desexed for health reasons.