Did you know that other than the obvious..... there is a big difference between male and female puppies.

It is not uncommon for people to believe that a female dog will make a better pet.  We get a lot of inquires from people looking for that “special little girl”. A common misconception, people don’t think that females will exhibit “alpha: behaviors, like humping and / or marking. A lot of people think females are more passive and friendly, and they don’t take part in fighting over dominance. which could NOT be further from the truth.  If you check out the structures of dog packs, the females determine the pecking order and who is to rule the roost.  The result of that behavior is that the females become more  stubborn, independent, and territorial than males. These females are much more intent on exercising their control by participating in that “alpha” behavior like humping. More fighting will usually break out between two females.

Males tend to be more affectionate exuberant, attentive, and even more demanding of attention. The males are very attached to their owners and tend to be more dedicated, reliable, and less tempermental.  They are more sociable, more accepting of other pets, playful for years, and take quicker to children.  Most boys are easily motivated by treats / food, and using words of praise makes them so eager to please that training actually becomes easier.  Their playful nature however, tends to make them more easily distracted.  Boy puppies are more likely to act silly and more puppy like, always wanting to play games no matter what their age is.  The boys are fun-loving until the day they die, whereas girls tend to be more standoffish and dignified the older they get.

Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as marking or lifting their legs, as well as humping.  Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear, if they ever existed. Boys who were neutered early (<6 months), usually don’t ever raise their leg to urinate.

Key Takeaway:  Before making your decision on that age old dilemma of Male vs. Female, hopefully these words will give you some helpful insight and information to consider!

Angels in the Mist