Male v.s. Female

Male v.s. Female

The majority of people who call to buy one of my poodle puppies are looking for a female. I’m not sure if this   
is because of the age old myth that a male dog will mark in the house no matter what or if it’s simply because
the little females can be dressed up in the cute little outfits.

Before making a decision, it’s important to know the characteristics of each sex so that you can make an  
informed decision on which gender would suit your family best. Additionally, choosing between male and
female dogs is important if you already have another female or male dog and are choosing an additional dog.

The following characteristics often apply to females:

1.        Independent - Females tend to want to be in control of the entire situation. They may come to their
owner   when they are seeking affection but will often move away when they have had enough.

 Stubborn - In many packs, a female is typically the Alpha dog. Female dogs crave more control of
situations and are quick to respond to perceived challenges with fierceness.

Territorial - Female dogs mark in the same way male dogs do. A spayed female may continue to
mark for her entire lifetime regardless of when she is spayed while most males will cease marking behaviors
shortly after they are neutered and the testosterone levels subside.

  Reserved - Females are generally less affectionate and friendly than male dogs. This characteristic
is noticeable in puppies and becomes more pronounced with age.

  Changes in Mood or Behavior - It is also important to note that if you do not spay your female, she
will come into heat at approximately one year of age and approximately every six months thereafter. During
this time, there will be some bleeding as well as a change in mood or behavior. Keep this in mind when you
adopt a puppy and make the decision of whether or not to spay her.

The following characteristics often apply to male:

1.        Affectionate - Male dogs are typically more affectionate than females. They tend to crave attention
from their owners more than females and as a result, display more affectionate behaviors.

 Exuberant - A male dog is also more likely to be fun-loving and outgoing throughout his lifetime than
a female. While a female tends to become more reserved as she ages, a male dog maintains a more puppy
-like exuberance throughout his lifetime.

 Food-Motivated - Males are often very motivated by food. This food motivation can make training
extremely easy as treats can be used to lure and reward a dog to display desired behaviors.

   Attentive - While females tend to be more independent, males tend to be more focused on their
human companions. They want to always be close to the human and are very eager to please.

    Aggressive Behaviors - It is also important to note that intact males may display aggressive dog
behaviors toward other males or exhibit marking behaviors. Additionally, intact males should be kept away
from females in heat unless a breeding is planned.

Dog owners who are adding an additional dog to their home should carefully consider the ramifications of
a dog of either sex. This is important because the makeup of the existing pack may be more
accepting to either a male or a female dog. The following are general tips for selecting the gender of a
second dog:

1.        If you already have a male or a female, a dog of the opposite sex is generally the best choice. Dogs of
the same sex are more likely to fight than dogs of the opposite sex.

2.        If you already have a male dog, he is likely to be more accepting of a female and you are likely to
have fewer dominance issues if you add a female to the pack. However, if you opt to add another male to the
pack, they can peacefully co-exist and may even become friends. It is important to closely monitor their
interactions early on to ensure aggressive behaviors do not become common.

3.        If you already have a female dog, she is likely to be more accepting of a male. Most males tend to be
submissive. If he does not challenge your resident female, she is not likely to have a reason to fight with him.
Adding a female dog to the pack, however, may result in complications. The worst combination of dogs is two
females because they are more likely to fight than a male and a female or two males. However, many dog
owners have two or more females that live together without problems. As long as there is an established
Alpha dog and the other females( from know their place in the pack, there will not be dominance struggles
often, although they may still occur.

Selecting a male or female dog is largely a matter of personal preference. The above characteristics are
generalizations, and it is certainly possible to purchase or adopt a female puppy who displays male
characteristics or a male puppy who displays the typical female characteristics. Additionally, bitches that are
spayed and dogs that are neutered often do not have the gender-specific problems associated with their sex
such as coming into heat or marking.

So, if you're asking yourself, "What dog should I get?", make sure to consider the dogs you already have
and the gender that goes best with your lifestyle. When you find a dog, monitor his or her behavior carefully
and consider how it will match up with your male or female dog at home. Good luck choosing a dog!

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