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| IF YOU'RE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER TO GET A
MALE OR A FEMALE PUPPY, THIS ARTICLE MAY
HELP YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION
"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 verses 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. We do not care what sex puppy you choose. This is only to help guide you in your decision.