Differences between Boy & Girl Puppies – What’s Right for You?

Differences between Boy & Girl Puppies – What’s Right for You?

Differences between Boy & Girl Puppies – What’s Right for You?

Mini Aussdoodle Girl Puppy

Mini Aussdoodle Girl Puppy

Speaking very generally about male dogs…

Males tend to be more stable in mood than females – less prone to emotional swings. An elderly gentleman said of his big male dog, “He’s as reliable as rain in Seattle, he is. Summer or winter, morning or night, Ringo is as dependable as ever.”

Some may also say “male dogs are bolder and more aggressive than females” and use the fact that most police and military dogs are males… However, in general these dogs are also more aggressive and assertive type dog breeds.

Breed matters alot!

This statement really has more to do with the breed of male dog and less to do with the gender of the dog.

In some breeds, it’s the female who tends to be a bit “sharper” and more aggressive, while the males are described as “affectionate goofballs” or “big ol’ softies.”

And that’s exactly how Dreamydoodles would describe our Labradoodles boys! Big ole sweeties who are more go with the flow and less likely to become upset by trivial changes in their routines etc. Never had an aggressive Doodle. Period.

Advice on the pros and cons of neutering a male dog.

Speaking very generally about female dogs…

Female dogs are more prone to mood swings. They can be sweet and loving when they’re happy – but a bit on the sulky side when they really, really don’t like something.

Now mind you, I’m a proud member of the fairer sex myself. But I must admit that female dogs are experts at giving you That Dirty Look when something isn’t to their liking.

Female dogs are often less physical than males, less “in your face” than male dogs. Females are affectionate, absolutely, but often on their own terms. They may request petting, then assert their independence by walking away when they’ve had enough.

Female dogs are opinionated and often manipulative. If they don’t want to do something, they may try to work their charming wiles with you. If that doesn’t work, they may become passively resistant or slink around with their tail down and ears back. Or give you one of those patented “looks.” Some owners find this exasperating, while others find it amusing.

See my advice on the pros and cons of spaying a female dog.

My daughter playing with the dogs and their agility tunnel!

Which sex is better for YOU?

There are some Special Circumstances that might point you in the direction of one sex or the other.

Consider your size preference.

If you’re looking for a medium, large, or giant breed with a medium or high risk of aggression toward people and/or toward other dogs… a female is more likely to be smaller and easier to handle.

Prince Standard Poodle Sire

Prince Standard Poodle Sire

Consider the other dogs in your household.

First, if your current dog has a high risk of aggression toward other dogs, I recommend that you stop right now.

I can’t tell you how many owners have called me after bringing home a female Rottweiler when they already had a female Akita or Alaskan Malamute or American Bulldog. Then I’m called in six months later because the two females are at each other’s throats and the household is in chaos.

Are you surprised that those two dogs are female, rather than male? Yes, males have more of a reputation for fighting with each other, and yet many male-on-male fights are more posturing, shoving, skirmishing, and a few bites at each other. Whereas for their sheer ferocity, female-on-female battles are the worst of all. They tear viciously at each other, can be difficult to separate without getting bitten yourself, and they never forgive or forget.

It isn’t fair to your current high-aggression dog to upset his or her world by bringing home an “invader.” More importantly, it isn’t fair to a new dog to put him or her into a situation where fear, stress, or injury could easily occur. The moral is, keep a high-aggression dog as a single dog.

If your current dog isn’t really aggressive, but is a bit on the jealous or pushy side, make sure your new dog is the opposite sex AND a breed with a LOW risk of aggression (like a Lab or Golden Retriever).

If your current dog is good with other dogs, make sure the new dog is a breed with a LOW (or maybe MEDIUM) risk of aggression. If it’s MEDIUM, go with the opposite sex, to be safe. If it’s LOW, either sex should work.

Remember that when you mix the sexes, you either need to neuter one of both dogs, or else you need to be very careful to keep the dogs apart when the female is in heat.

Bite inhibition Mom and Puppy

Consider the dogs in your neighborhood.

If your next-door neighbor has an aggressive dog, you may want to get the opposite sex to avoid fence-fighting.

If an aggressive dog roams loose in your area, and you’re unable to get its irresponsible owner (or Animal Control) to stop it, again you might be wise to get a dog of the opposite sex, else your daily walks may become stressful.

This article was originally written by Michele Weston and then I’ve added some of my own thoughts to this page as well.

About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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