Male vs. Female
The age old dilemma of which is better

Many people believe that female dogs make better pets and female preference seems

to be ingrained in these people. Most calls for puppies have people wanting that

 'sweet lil girl'.  They don't think females display alpha behaviors like 'marking'  and/or

'humping' and 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 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 and praise, and so eager to please that training is easier.   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.

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 to urinate.


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 three week long hassle not just for the female, but you

and every male dog in the neighborhood. Did we mention that the seasonal heats

happen TWICE a year?

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.

Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays in

a flux of estrogen level which may give us the reason as to why females are more

moody than males.

Males generally cost 1/2 the price to have neutered as a female does to be spayed.

 

 

 

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