Thought this would be a fun post. I have always had male dogs, just kind of happened that way - our first dog was a male and he was wonderful, so we just stuck with males. Our current dog is a 10 lb Male Yorkie mix.
I know there are lots of websites out there that "females are better then males" Lets not talk statistics, but just our own personal experiences. I havent ever had the oppurtunity of owning a female, so I wonder what how their personality differs from a males, if any. I have met many female dogs, but never lived with one.
Merico, your post on "do you like your 2nd dog more then your 1st" gave me this idea!
i have a male gsd and three french bulldogs, one of which is male. i have noticed with my dogs that my males are more laid back than my females. my females are more on the hyper side. my sister has three boxers, two males and a female. hers are the same way. dexter and bobby brindle, both males are laid back. dixie, her female is alot more hyper.
I have 8 miniature schnauzers, thats right, 8 and they all live in the house with me, of course. I have found no difference in them, M or F they all love to play, cuddle and get treats. I have one male that is "fixed" and he just seems to be the caretaker of everyone......he will even go get the puppies and herd them into the house if they are going thru that "I dont have to come to you " stage that they all seem to get. I have no Male behaviors as most people post about, just one happy gang!
My golden is a male (neutered) and all the others are females. I agree that he has a more laid back personality, but I don't know if it's because of his breed or not. All are spayed except Isis, who will be as soon as she is old enough. My pug is the most hyper of the girls. She's lazy most of the time, but when something gets her worked up she can fly down the hall and literally knock you off your feet. My chi can be very jealous. She thinks she's a big dog, but she is the one who is sulking over Isis. I keep telling her at 7 lbs she'll always be the baby, lol. My greyhound is just totally laid back and doesn't really want anything but to be left alone. She is very skitish, but I chalk that up to her upbringing. And of course Isis is only 6 weeks old, so we'll have to see. I've gotten all females after Rusty because he is definately the alpha and I've always heard it's easier to have the opposite sex from the alpha dog. I honestly can't say one gender is better than the other, just different. But since I have all 5 different breeds it could be that too. :)
I've never had a female, so I guess my opinion is a bit one-sided. First off, in all my 43 years of owning males of many different breeds/mixes, I've never had male with a marking issue.'
I just can't imagine choosing a female over a male. My reasoning: First (and probably not reality), I'd always heard males are more affectionate. Second (and, also, probably not reality), I've heard males bond better with female humans and vice versa (and I'm a girl). Third, I never wanted to go through that heat thing/spaying thing, having-all-the-males-in-the-neigborhood-sniffing-at-your-gate thing.
gbroxon, i think males do tend to bond better with female owners. at least in my case its true. rocky, my male frenchie started doing this face pressing thing when he was a pup. i would hold him on my chest and he would press his flat face tightly against mine and stare in my eyes. he would hold it there for a long time. he has done it several times since and not to anyone else.
i was told on my frenchie forum that only some frenchies do this. and always males. it is their way of "claiming" you as theirs. an ultimate sign of affection towards you. sometimes at night, he will stand with his head over me and his paw on my face , as if telling the others to "stay away, she's mine !" its heartwarming to feel so loved. lol
Penny is a girl. Everyone has trouble calling Penny "her" - even I did at first! It's just so normal to say "good boy" or "he" haha. Some people have told me that males pee a lot more to mark their territories so I like the fact that girls squat. When she was still with the breeder she was more quiet than her brothers. But now she's a brat of course.
I have males and females and the males tend to be more affecionate and want to love and kiss and lean on you.Our females are more stand offish and they love attention but dont need to be up your butt the whole time like my males. 1 of my males is nutered and one isnt . The one that is , is just as huggy kissy. 1 of my females is spayed and one isnt. Both are equally moody and stuck up. But the one that lives in the kennel(shes a hunting dog) is has no interest in people..only coon hunting. The one that is our family member is more protective of our yard and loves a good rub and praise but still isnt a velcro dog like the males.
Hi, I am new but would like to weigh in, I have had males all my life and I currently have a 1.5 year old female, she is the love of my life but definitly more stubborn and pushy than my male, I definitly get where the "B" word comes from! she wants things on her terms and pushes my 5 year old male around. I love her to death and wouldnt change a thing but my next one will definitly be another male
I personally prefer females but i dont like dogs that have to follow you about and see what you are doning 24-7 and my males are like that. My female will go lay alone and let me be, everytime I move my male has to see why. I can bring my girl to work and she greats everyone, but she will just lay down otherwise. My male jumps evertime I move my chair. I also found my female to be was easier to train.