WANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A MALE OR FEMALE PUPPY AS A PET?
THIS ARTICLE MAY HELP YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION
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 and they don't call them a 'bitch' for nothing!
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.
"The females tend to sit back and watch, and if things are not as they like, they
tend to pout. The females have to be QUEEN or BOSS. If they don’t like
something, they will let everyone know. They tend to be a lot more moodier
than the male.
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
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.
working cocker spaniels a variety of sizes can be found regardless of sex.
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 five 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 in the kennel
or 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. 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.
"Before deciding on male or female, give consideration to any other dogs that
may be in or around your home.
"Please note that we are not trying to persuade you into purchasing a male
puppy versus a female puppy. We have many people that would like a male
but choose the female for the reason that females do not hike their legs.
Both male and females do mark their territory."
* I don't remember where I found this article, but I thought the
information was interesting and helpful. I hope you do, too.
This is just to aid you in your decision making.