Males vs Females
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. Most fights
will usually break out between 2 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 1-2 inches and 3-5
pounds in the Cocker. In the Toy Poodle a variety of sizes can be found
regardless of sex. There area a lot of self claimed 'Miniatures' in any breed
out there, but those Breeders are not breeding to the standard as it is written
for each breed. The difference between sizes and sexes is minimal, if bred
correctly, and for improving the breed according to the standard.
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 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg
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 on 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.