What Gender is best for you? In some ways, choosing between male and female dogs is a matter of personal preference. However, there are some characteristics which are common in females and other characteristics which are common in males. It is important to evaluate these characteristics and determine which gender would fit in best with your home situation when you choose a puppy. Additionally, choosing between male and female is important if you already have another female or male and are choosing an additional dog.
The following characteristics often apply to FEMALES:
Females – make wonderful pets if raised properly. As long as you don’t let them become an alpha female, which means, THE BOSS, they are great. Some tend to be moody just like us women, and at times, are overly protective of their owner or obsessed with their territory. Training and discipline are very important not to over spoil her as a puppy.
The following characteristics often apply to MALES:
Males – make wonderful pets, maybe even more mild tempered and easy going than girls. Males have a bad reputation over the years for marking their territory and hiking their legs and peeing in the house to claim their territory. This is from owners failing to neuter them before 6-7 months of age. If you have him neutered early enough, he will almost always squat to pee and will not go into puberty and become the stud man. When males become mature, they will change from your adorable sweet lap baby to a “horndog” lol. They will become a stud monster as we call them. They will hump pillows and even your leg or hand and mark and pee on sides of furniture and totally change personalities. They will also try to run away if they smell a female in heat even a half a mile away! To avoid this, have them neutered as recommended by your vet and you will still have the adorable little boy dog you bought.
Considering adding another dog? Owners who are adding an additional dog to their home should carefully consider the ramifications of adding a dog of either gender. This is important because the makeup of the existing pack may be more accepting to either a male or a female. The following are general tips for selecting the gender of a second dog:
Selecting a male or female is largely a matter of personal preference. The above characteristics are generalizations, and it is certainly possible to purchase a female puppy who displays male characteristics or a male puppy who displays the typical female characteristics. Additionally, females that are spayed and neutered often do not have the gender-specific problems associated with their gender such as coming into heat or marking.
*Remember, getting your puppy spayed/neutered is a must for that amazing temperaments that our puppies and dogs are so well known for.