I've never really thought about it, but why do girl dogs always cost more than boy dogs? It doesn't really make sense to me. Can someone elaborate? (I don't know if I spelled that word right... haha :D )
Dont qoute me on this but i think that girl dogs tend to have better temperment than male dogs. All males are pig headed lol...no matter what species. I happen to agree. Well also females can have babies and that might be a reason why. I just notice that in small breeds like yorkies, poms, and malteses that they are bit more expensive. Plus females dont lift thier leg on everything.
I think male dogs are way better then females. I have owned one female dog in my whole life. She was a border collie mix named lacy. She was the best dog i ever had as a kid. But in my adult life i have always had a male (neutered ) i have never had a problem with my male dogs i love them. I think girls( human and pets) dont get along with me. I also have 5 kids and they are all boys. I guess i just like the boys. I also think boy cats are better then females. My female kitten is a moody little brat already.
My cat is almost 14, and she's been moddy for years! ha! But, she's also very sweet when she wants to be. I like males and females just the same. I've had more experiences with males, and they tend to be better, and alot of females are "standoffish" but not my Sophie!
They AREN'T "always" more expensive. When dealing with BYB and petstores- then yes- they usually are. But a repsonsible breeder charges the same for all their pet quality pups- regardless of gender- because they all go home on spay/neuter contracts and to homes that will follow through.
There's a myth that pervades society that females make a better pet- likely helped out by the dog television shows like Lassie years ago- and the fact that "fixing" and animal wasn't common years ago, thus making males a more difficult sex to live with (due to marking and aggressiveness that come along with hormones). So BYBs and petstores play up to that demand- and charge more for the females.
But actually- females tend to make more DIFFICULT pets than neutered males! Females in the canine species tend to be dominant when there aren't intact males in the pack. They battle for dominance much more often. Why do you think "bitch" earned the special definition? ;)
I have two boys of my own, and a lovely girl. They get along famously- because the boys respect that Miss Geisha is queen and they are lowly. If there is a clearly dominant dog in multi-gender "fixed" households- the top dog is almost always the girl.
LOL, LongDogs4Me, about Miss Geisha. when i brought my little tramp back from Mexico, my big dog was about 5 and quite happy with his place as Top Dog. but she changed all that, tried to get alpha on me too(that didn't last long) and pretty soon she was bossing him around. i felt bad that a 12 month old pup could make a mature dog submissive, but such is what happened. after a found a home for her however, it was like Keepie blossomed again; he had more energy, was more enthusiastic, etc. no wonder they call 'em bitches, tee hee.
Well that's pretty darn stupid. If there were no male dogs, then the females wouldn't be able to get pregnant and have the puppies in the first place. I think dogs should cost the same... no matter what sex. That's just.... dumb.
just an interesting sidenote: for centuries china and india has had a much bigger infant mortality rate for girls over boys, the theory that females cost more with their "dowry" and what not. the just desserts in china though, is that now there are so many more females than males, that the females have a better chance of picking their mate, i.e., waiting for the one they want, "marrying up", etc. not really dog related, but it seems to me that it all comes around, one way or the other.
That is an interesting aside, Bessie! But truthfully- the problem with China has NOT helped females. In fact- young girls are often sold off now- instead of coming with a dowry- at the parent's profit. Girls from surrounding countries are kidnapped and raped and the sex trade has exploded. Not a good thing at all- an definitely an example of just how things can go awry when genders aren't balanced. :(
Longdogs4me I was thinking the exact same thing. I saw the topic and thought what are they talking about females always costing more? Litters I have chosen from both genders were equally priced.
They AREN'T "always" more expensive. When dealing with BYB and petstores- then yes- they usually are. But a repsonsible breeder charges the same for all their pet quality pups- regardless of gender- because they all go home on spay/neuter contracts and to homes that will follow through. One litter I wanted a dog from a bitch's last breeding and I did want a female at the time as I just aquired another male, only a was maybe going to be for sale then he changed his mind and would let one female go for the same price. My most recent addition was another female but the kennel sales males or females for the SAME price. I guess some bybs do ask more for females and of course pet stores would too. Although I've seen an old historic ad in which males were more, males were $40 and females $30.
In some breeds, females are rare and obtaining a female is hard to do unless she is spayed. Often you pay "more" for breeding rights, but this should be rare. It is the same as people who charge more for color... in 95% of breeds I disagree with that.
My pet are one price, and my show are another. This is because my show dogs have a few more clauses on their contract that the pet do not, all partaining to return and replacment with another show quality dog if said puppy does not turn out to be finishable for some physical or mental flaw based on breeding. Sex and color mean nothing when it comes to placing a dog.
Just wanted to chime in also. Our pet females/males are the same price. For breeding/show, our females are usually a couple of hundred more because of the potential # of puppies they can have. We do not ask for puppies back along with the initial price like many breeders, and the extra $ for the female makes up a little amount of the difference. I agree with Longdogs4me. The neutered male makes a better pet than a female. More people oriented and willing to please. If neutered before learning to lift a leg, the male usually won't learn how. Females will mark territory just as much as a male also. Out of the 11 dogs in our house right now, 3 are males and 8 are females. None are altered. The females definitely rule the roost. Sammy, a male, only rules when Sugar Baby lets him. Again, as Longdogs4me said, female dogs didn't get their nickname B*#$h for nothing.