We're in the process of getting approval for adopting one of a litter of puppies from our local shelter, and I'm curious about other people's experiences: Does anyone think a boy or a girl is a smarter bet? I've heard females can be more temperamental, but I wonder about males humping things and "marking their territory," even after they've been fixed.
What has everyone's experiences been? I know it depends on the individual dog -- they are like kids, after all! -- but does anyone have any opinions either way?
(By the way, the litter is a mixed breed, they think a beagle/terrier/pug combo.)
I personally have no preference whatsoever when it comes ot male or female. Regarding humping/marking, from my personal experience males are more likely to hump at young ages, but you can train them out of it. Regarding marking, if you get your puppy neutered at about 6 months old, you can stop the marking before it even gets started, esepcially if you are very very consistent with housetraining. I have 2 male dogs, one is unaltered (he's a show dog) and neither dog ever marks in the house. Or humps, for that matter
I guess Nap's almost 5 months old now and hes a sweety. I still havent had him nutered yet. He is a real kisser too!Hope this helps with your decision. If I had a chioce now between girl/boy for a pet I'd just pick the cutest puppy out the littter that steals my heart away.
Personally I have always had female dogs. I never got a male because of the whole marking, leg lifting thing. Most of my friends have males and I found that almost every one of them has come into my house and proceeded to lift their leg and mark on the nearest vertical surface. On that note..my oldest female also marks and lifts her leg. Luckily not in anyone's house...but every 5 minutes on our walks. She has even gone so far as to lift her leg and rest it on a pole to mark over one of the neighbourhood boys mark:) So don't base your choice on the marking and leg lifting thing! As for temperment and personality, I think it depends on the individual dog. Both my females are different mixes and both have very different personalities. The older is outgoing and extremely affectionate to everyone, BUT is strongly attached to me only. She won't sit on anyone else or go anywhere with them. The younger is more laid-back and not as outgoing, she will approach someone for a quick pat but then she's off enjoying her own company :) She has bonded with the family as a whole and seems to show no preference to anyone in particular. Good luck with your new puppy whatever sex it may be!!
I prefer male dogs.Just because with all the fosters we have had the males have been sweeter and submissive and more loyal.The females that I have fostered only one was affectionate.Its your choice,they are all different.I will always pick males oevr females.My two males that I have now are sweet,submissive to me,and more obedient and loyal.Neither of them has EVER tried to lift a leg in the house or other people houses.Most of the time they never mark outside,they squat.They have never humped anyone or anything.Most of the females that I fostered tried to hump me or my brother or something.I get alogn better with the male species whether it be human or animal.
Thanks for everyone's input, and especially to duchess for posting that link to the pervious discussion....I didn't know females marked either! :) Interesting....at this point, we're still waiting for approval from the shelter and hoping the whole litter doesn't disappear while we're waiting! If there's only one little sweetheart left, we'll be thrilled to have it, no matter what!
Minniyar..2 are neutered and one isn't. All are housebroken (according to their owners) I have been to all their houses as well with my dog and I have never seen any of them "mark" in their own houses. One of the dogs is one that I pet sit one day a week. He was neutered at 5 months. He's almost a year old now and I've taken him since he was 8 weeks. Faithfully each time he comes into our house he will lift his leg on the nearest thing and mark...arrghh. He didn't start the marking behaviour until after he was neutered? I automatically put a belly band on him now as soon as he gets to my house. He gets here at 8:30 a.m. and I change the belly band 3 times before noon...then oddly enough he's fine. I boarded him here for 10 days recently. He finally stopped marking on the 8th day. I took him in for the day the following week and again as soon as he walked in he marked. The unaltered male will mark and the owner had told me that he does that in anyones house that has a dog.
What I always think is funny - my females hump more than my males do! My boys (all intact) all seem to know the difference between a female dog and other things that aren't female dogs. And I have more trouble housebreaking females than males...
I personally like males better as pets - but usually if you spay/neuter before puberty sets in you're not going to have a problem with either. Neutered males who are neutered early almost never mount or spray - but it does depend a little on the breed.
My males are very sweet and loving. Very affectionate. One of them sleeps right on my pillow with me every night. He stares into my eyes like he's just sooo in love with me! My females are great too, but they can be a little sassy and b*t*chy sometimes. Full of personality though. Only humper in my house is a female. My males do not mark in my house but I wouldn't be surprised if they marked in someone elses house if there was the scent of another dog. I say just pick the one you like best regardless of the sex.
The litter was 9 puppies originally -- 6 females and 3 males. According to their website, they only have 2 females and 2 males left! :( I hope they get back to us right away. How long should we wait to hear back about our application? What is considered "normal?"
I would call them..maybe they set your application aside and forgot about it??? Unless they were bombarded with requests I dont see why you had to wait longer than 48 hours for a responce. They could atleast give you a call and let you know if your being considered. Call and see whats up!
Thanks duchess -- I was gonna give them until tomorrow, since we filled it out over the weekend....I just hope one of those puppies is still there! We've agonized over what kind of dog we wanted (hubby and I couldn't agree for the longest time), and now that we've finally decided, our perfect puppy is right there! I hope we don't have to wait for another litter, because I know it may be a while....keep your fingers crossed for us. :)
We have never had a problem with our male marking in our house or any one else's. He does like to stop at posts and such outside and mark. He was neutered at 6 months old. He is more affectionate than our female and more needy.
Our female is more independent and loves to play but rarely cuddles. She is a little more bossy and less submissive than our male.
Our female was easier to potty train but he is good as gold now. They go outside and inside on wee pads and we still have no problems with marking. We can go to someone else's house and they will use the pads once we show it to them.
Our female sometimes does not like where a pad is and will pick her own spot to do #2 so we have to watch that in someone else's house.
Our male is more aggressive and will bark and charge other dogs if he feels threatened. He had more of a need to be socialized.
Georgie never is aggressive and feels all people and dogs are her friends unless they give her a reason not to think so.
So I lovel them both. Wish my female was more affectionate and my male was less aggressive when he feels threatened.
My neutered male Riley marks outside and in Petsmart. Thats about it. He was also neutered later than most dogs though. He has NEVER marked in my house, he knows better.
I've found my female to be more .... whats the word... not loyal, but more close to me. She must be with me at all times. She sleeps outside the shower when I'm in it, sits on my feet if I'm standing still, she's sleeping under my chair right now. She can already run a full agility course because she does whatever I ask of her. My male, Riley, is a more independant and stubborn. He also has more energy, as apposed to Jasmine being more laid back. In scary or bad situations, Riley has always come out to be the protector and I think he'd give his life for me... as opposed to Jasmine who just hides behind my feet.
I love each of them the same, but in different ways too. They both have their faults and good points. It really depends on the dog. Get to know the puppies and pick one based on personality, not gender.
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I personally have always had females, because my son was young, and females tend to be smaller, and less rambuctious then males ( I've had alot of dogs in my life growing up mostly hunting dogs all males ) But this last female has been a total premadonna, what a B........., so when we got a companion for her I had to get a boy, cuz she was so dominant, he is such a cuddlebug< I just adore him.
Good news! We just got a call from the shelter and finished the application....once the director gives final approval, we can make an appt. to go see her (a female is all they have left). If all goes well, hopefully we can have her by this weekend! I appreciate everyone's input, it sounds like we'd win, either way. I sure hope this works out for us!