Interesting Info
Interesting Info

                          A MALE OR FEMALE PUPPY AS A PET?


             "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 and they don't call them 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.

             "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.

             "Most fights will usually break out between two 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 one to two inches, in
             working cocker spaniels a variety of sizes can be found regardless of sex.

             "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 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.
                                                                  Rene Loizou

We're expecting two

litters in January!

Our newest female, Covey Flush Misfit, "Missy,"
a liver female with a white chest was bred to
Absolute's Quailmoore Oahe Dakota, "Cody."

Click to see their pedigrees.
Covey Flush Misfit
Absolute's Quailmoor Oahe Dakota

Cody's our newest male.  We've been
breeding more dogs to him, hoping to get
some lighter-colored puppies and maybe
even some that are liver roan like he is.

The other litter that's due is out of our
Field Trial Winner from England,
Kingcott Diana, a black female who
was bred to Mallowdale Nero,
"Moss," a liver dog.

Kingcott Diana
Mallowdale Nero
Contact Christopher
to be put on the waiting list.  
Most of our puppies are
sold before they are born.

Or give Christopher a call
for more information
about our dogs and this
wonderful merry breed.