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

    "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.  It was written by a breeder.  I thought the information was
                  interesting and helpful.  I hope you do, too.  This is just to aid you in your decision making.

    Contact Christopher to find out how to be put on the waiting list.  We require a nonrefundable $200 deposit that is
    deducted from the price of your puppy.  

    Puppies are born around 63 days from when the dogs are bred.  Add six weeks to that date if you're going to pick
    your puppy up, or eight weeks if you're shipping it.  For planning purposes, this will give you a pretty good idea of
    when you're going to be able to get your puppy.

    After the puppies are a few days old, Christopher will call you and tell you what the mama had.  If the color or sex
    of puppy you want isn't available, then your name will roll over to the top of the list for the next litter.  When the
    puppy you want has been born, Christopher will tell you the dates of the weekend it will be ready to be picked up
    if it's not being shipped.  If you have a vacation or something planned at that pick-up or shipping time, then you
    may want to wait for the next litter.  It's no fun for the puppy after all its litter mates  are gone.

    Timing is critical for their development.  We're often asked why we let the puppies go at six weeks instead of eight
    weeks.  Large breed dogs develop more slowly and need to stay with their mothers and litter mates longer.  It's not
    unusual for a breeder to hold them until they're twelve weeks old.  We've found with English cockers by the time the
    puppy is six weeks old, it has been eating dry food out of its mom's bowl since it was three weeks old; it has been
    weaned for more than a week; and it's had two weeks to play rough and tumble with their litter mates without
    mom's supervision. By six weeks they are at a perfect age for bonding with their new owners.  It also puts them in a
    new environment with new stimuli.  Owners miss out on that extra-special bonding time if they wait until the puppy
    is older.  At six weeks they're very sweet and you'll have a little time with them before they get to the chewing stage
    and start acting like ... well, a puppy.
    If we have to hold the puppy more than 3 days beyond the ship or pick-up date, there will be a $25 per day fee
    for boarding unless arrangements are made with Christopher in advance.
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