When prospective families call us about our puppies, we are often asked "What makes a better pet, a male or female?"
Some questions to ask yourself before deciding:
1. Are you more comfortable with (or used to) males or females?
2. Have you only ever owned males? only females?
3. If you have a dog is he/she neutered/spayed?
4. If you have a dog does he/she get along better with dogs of the same or opposite sex?
Or both the same?
Take your answers to these questions into consideration before deciding on a male or female puppy.
We, as breeders, feel that both males and females make excellent pets/companions, the key is to have them neutered/spayed at an early age, determined by your vet, usually 4-6 months old. Start behavior training at a young age, before they pick up bad habits. Socialize them with other dogs and children. Put them on a schedule and stick to it, this is important in raising a well-behaved, good tempered dog that will be with you for years to come.
Did you know?
1. 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 -6 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.
2. Males 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.
3. If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have a female spayed since during this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes- this can last for 10-21 days. 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. A spayed female will not have bloody discharge or drastic emotional (mood) changes.
4. As far as physical differences go we all know the male/female anatomy is different. Usually males will be a little larger than the females but for the most part you will find it hard telling the difference of size between the two without looking closely.
5. Spayed females and neutered males both make excellent pets/companions, unless you want 2 pups...... (which a lot of families do), you need to decide what is best for you: a male or female.
Keep an open mind when selecting your puppy, don’t close the door on a puppy because of preconceived notions of its gender, because you may be missing out on the best companion that you could have ever had. Keep in mind every dog, male or female has it’s own personality & is unique in every way.
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