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Deb
male vs female
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:29am
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Here is a repost of the Male vs Female article that was written by a poodle breeder. Sorry it is late and I can't remember her name. When I have people ask about the difference this is what I send them and it helps many times with the decision



Male vs female
Decisions: Male or Female???

Many people believe that female dogs make better pets...female preference
seems to be ingrained in these people. Most calls for pet dogs have people
wanting a 'sweet girl'. They don't think females display alpha behaviors
like 'marking' and/or 'humping'. They believe that they are more docile
and attentive and do not participate in fighting over dominance.

Well folks, this is not true.

In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking
order, and who compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females
are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their
male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their
dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'. There IS
a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative
way-and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by the females of
the dog world.

Most fights will usually break out between 2 females. Males, on the other
hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more
demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also
tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more
outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most
boys are easily motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to
please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted
during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age,
he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play
games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more
reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of the
twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while Grandma
quietly observes from the porch.

Boys do get bigger than girls, but only by an average of 1-2 inches and a
few pounds.

Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping',
or 'marking' and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede
after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will
disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't
ever raise their leg to urinate. And while the female will usually come to
you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. While boys
are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Females are
usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it
over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. The female is less
likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning and
resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings.
One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and
withdrawn or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being 'in heat'
unless she is spayed.

Seasonal heats can be a month long nightmare not just for the female, but
you and every male dog in the neighborhood. Did we mention that the
seasonal heats happen TWICE a year?

If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed since during
this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or
anywhere she goes. She will be particularly moody and emotional during
this time. A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male
dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering
intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and
'wait' for days.

Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays
in a flux of estrogen level which may give us the reason as to why females
are more moody than males.

Males generally cost 1/2 the price to have neutered as a female does to be
spayed.

SOOOOOO ...before you decide on that age old dilemma of male or female,
there are many things to think about.

On a personal note? I have had both males and female each at different
times being the only pet, and loved them the same. Each was everything I
wanted in a pet. I have had both sexes with other dogs and still have no
preference for one over the other. They are both wonderful regardless of
any connotation put on sex.

If you have your mind set on one sex only just remember probably most of
what you have heard were isolated situations and either sex can be and is
a wonderful pet to have. Don?t shut out the opposite sex because of
preconceived notions? you might be missing the most wonderful pet you
would have ever had.

  • male puppy vs female puppyLynne Porter-Whitmire, Tue Nov 29 3:03pm
    As a breeder, I find that most of my families request a female over a male at least 75% of the time. Although I am able to convince most of my new owners that the boys are super sweet, loving, loyal... more
    • Re: male puppy vs female puppySherry, Wed Nov 30 11:07am
      I simply tell people that female dogs are like female anything... they ALWAYS have an agenda. While male dogs are like male anything. It seems to get the point across without having to get into... more
      • HOWEVERSherry, Wed Nov 30 11:09am
        I forgot to say, there ARE breeds where there are real differences between the genders when it comes to personality traits. It's helpful to know what the breed was created to do in the first place.
    • male vs female — Deb, Wed Nov 30 12:29am
    • Re: male puppy vs female puppylynne, Tue Nov 29 3:11pm
      I found the achive discussion on female vs male. Any additional comments would be helpful.
      • female vs malelynne, Wed Nov 30 7:02am
        This was so very helpful. I'm saving it to my "dog" file. Thanks.
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