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Many think around one year of age is best, so they develop as nature intended with the correct hormone levels. It's much more important in giant breeds, so I personally think earlier with Boxers shouldn't create problems, but I can see both sides.
 

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healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/.../neutering-spaying-effects.aspx

This is an interesting article on the relation of cancer/bone joint disease on dogs neutered or spayed prior to 12 months of age.
We neutered Kai at 12 months though I would have liked to wait until 18 months to be sure all the bone growth plates were done.

It also depends on you and your dog, if there is any possibility of the dog getting pregnant or you don't want to contend this a dog in heat, I would then do it prior to her first cycle. If your dog stays outdoors unsupervised at any time I would also then have her spayed earlier.
 
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