I'm interested if anyone spayed their BC/WSD when they were middle-aged and what effects it's had on the dog, e.g. changes in coat texture, etc? Breeze is 3 1/2 and I'm seriously wondering whether she should be spayed? However, I dont know of many BC's spayed around this age and wonder how it affects them. I know it's different for each individual, but if there are things that generally change? We've had spayed BC's before, but they have either been rescues that have been spayed very young, or bitches that have needed to be spayed when they are old (either due to illness or because it's a rescue centres policy). I havent really noticed big changes in their coat although the rescue that was spayed young was always very fluffy. I'm mostly concerned about whether the spaying will alter the coat texture and make it less waterproof as I work Breeze out in all weathers and I wouldnt want to do something to her that might make her less 'hardy'. should have added: Breeze is a medium-textured, rough coated (long haired).