Male or Female?    


Many people believe that female dogs make better pets...female preference seems to be ingrained in people. Most calls for pet dogs have people requesting 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, this is simply not true!  They don't call a female a "bitch" for nothing!

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 serious 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 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 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. Males, no matter what age are more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play and are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age.

Most people say, they don't want a male because they lift their leg and "mark" or "hump". Well, once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors ( if they ever existed) will disappear. That is why it is important to have your male pup neutered by 5-6 months of age.

While the female will usually come to you for attention, when she has had enough, she will move away. While boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand.

Females also have periods of being "in heat" unless spayed. Intact females also lift legs and pee mark..... OH YES THEY DO! Here again, spaying at 5 to 6 months makes for a better pet.

Sooooooo.....before you decide on that age old dilemma of male or female?.......give consideration to both sexes.

They both make WONDERFUL pets. Spay and neuter.