We've only had 2 big male dogs at different times. Now that we are going to get a new dog.. we've been asked if a female was ok... My son's don't think they fetch or play with toys as much as male dogs. My boys only knew of one person with a female dog.. and when it was a puppy it played with toys..but once it grew up.. it got snippy and didn't do much but lay out and sleep.. I told my boys, that was just the nature of that type of dog. Is there much difference with their personallities? Mainly in big dogs like malamutes?
There is no real right answer to this question, since there are so many different breeds out there, some high energy, some not so high energy. I don't think you can generalize between males and females as far as activity levels go. Personally, both my males and females are exactly the same, both very high energy dogs.
I think that females are easier to potty-train personally. If you spay/neuter your pets, there isn't going to be a huge difference in behavior. If you plan to breed/show with your dog, then yes, there is quite a big difference in males and females. If left intact, males will wonder, will be more dominant...to name a few. Intact females will be needier around a heat, and more 'hormonal', also more dominant.... It also depends on the individual dog's personality. As far as one playing more than another, I've never heard that or experienced that. I think that it is safe to say that is a myth. Hope this helps!
I agree with Pen.... also take into account the breed.
The more people I meet, the more I love my Siberians...
Personality traits in male vs. female vary greatly amoung breeds and like others have said if you plan to fis the dog as well. Your best bet is to discuss this not only with the breeder whom you purchase your dogs but with others who breed them as well. The breeder you make yore purchase from can tell you about personal experience with there males and females the mother and father will be good indicators of energy level. The other breeders can give you some insite into the "general" personality traits of the breed in question.
In my experience in a one dog household a male dog will bond more to the female owner and a female dog will bond more to the male owner, regardless if the dog is fixed or intact. Something to consider if you are looking for a buddy ;)
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I want to thank you ALL for replying! The breed is a malamute. I've never had a female. And Yes I would have her spayed...because I do not know anything about thier heat seasons...etc. I had a male.. never nuetered him..but he was never in contact with any other dogs..since we live in the country with few houses up here on the mt. I just want an energenic alaskian malamute.. one that likes to walk... PLAY... etc..with the family. Been looking for a male pup... and some one contacted me and had one.. but it's a SHE... right breed, right color..but a female... so we're alittle afraid. Considering we have NO experience with a female dog nor a female alaskian malamute.
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I always had females until my current dog, Manson,whom I have had for 3 years, so I am just the opposite of your situtaion! The only difference I see is that my male is more territorial as far as "marking" every tree and bush and flower pot in the yard. Whether this is typically true of all males v/s females, I'm not sure. But that is the case with my particular boy.My females played fetch, learned tricks, played tug; every bit as much fun as my boy!
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I really think it depends on the breed of dog. Growing up we always had spayed females for pets. My mother's preferance. With the breed I have now, if I could only have one dog, it would be a neutered male. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY GIRLS. But I just find the males more even tempered even after being altered. Females tend to be more clingy to one person, where as males seem to just love everyone. But I am speaking breed specific.
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