Great information. I figure 'all' older dogs will have bladder control issues; the age of onset that I'd be concerned with would be within the first year, or specifically, just after being spayed.
I have absolutely no experience with females…my family would only adopt male dogs [ for silly reasons] so I know all about male dogs, nothing about the female workings. I was interested in a female basenji for my first dog, but fate took me in a different direction So trying to gather as much information as possible for the next time around.
I started to worry a little when L.S said she had four females with some 'control' issues and that's what prompted my question. Definitely will not stop me from trying to adopt a female puppy (or spaying!) in the future.
My male dog is neutered as well and has had some minor (not all that noticeable) 'issues' in the past with bladder control; not too problematic, but just not up to par with the dogs my family had in the past that were uncut. That in and of itself makes me wonder if his occasional control issues have anything to do with the neutering….I had him neutered at about 7 months, and he was his full adult size by that time so it may be unrelated.
I was living with a roommate for awhile, who had a female puppy, and the vet told her to let the dog go through the first cycle...so I thought there might be something to the incontinence thing. Eh, maybe just some underlying sexism.....in the vein of "they need to have a litter first.."
If I do end up with a female puppy I'll definitely wait until 6-7 months before spaying...if possible. I've heard that before the first cycle starts is the best time [if you don't plan on breeding]?