As I've been researching prices/breed informaton on LOTS of puppies, I keep noticing that males are cheaper than females.. any reason? I figured it may be because females can produce litters, but some breeders sell with a no breed contract.
Anyone know why males are generally cheaper than females??? obviously not in all cases, but I've noticed this a lot.
Very honestly, most reputable, good breeders ask the same price for both sexes. It's usually a red flag that the breeder is a Puppymill/BYB if they sell females for me. There is no GOOD reason to sell a pet puppy for more or less money based on sex.
You will also find breeders who will tell you that they charge more for girls because they are what most people want... this gives the illusion that females make better dogs. This is rarely true (some breeds there is a big temperament difference between the sexes - but usually spayed/neutered dogs act very similarly and one is not a better pet than the other).
It depends on where you live. Where I live (in Alabama) most BYB want more for males. I suspect that it's because they perceive that they can go without having to neuter their males, but don't want to deal with puppies, the female going into heat, or spaying females, so they are less desirable.
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I only know about Standard Poodle puppies. I notice that, of the most available colors (black and white/cream) the girls go for more than the boys. Breeders say this is just supply and demand.
There is a temperament issue--girls in general seem more docile. I personally like the boys because they are more bouncy, clownish and make better "best buddies."
But when you get to the less available colors, brown, red, silver, then prices start to even out.
But I do think that this is just because more pet homes want a female standard. I don't think it is a spay/neuter issue.
Most breeders I have talked to are really, really worried about their pups ending up in mills producing "labradoodles" and "goldendoodles", so they tend to be extremely militant about having their pet puppies sterilized.
In some breeds people prefer females so the males we price cheaper to make them more appealing. If I have a male and a female maltese puppy for sale I will have 10 people want the female and no calls about the males if they are listed at the same price. I also see this with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. We don't raise the price on the females but end up lowering the price on the males.
logan - doesn't that just support the theory that females are worth more than males/better than males?
Honestly, when I started raising Shelties, I had the same theory and asked less for my males. A couple of years ago I put the prices at the same and took the time to explain to people that there was no difference between the two. I tend to have more male puppies than females even. From the litter I had this summer I had 3 females and 2 males and the males were placed first...
It's a perspective thing. Higher priced females does give the illusion that they SHOULD be more in demand - when it's usually not true...
That's weird, because all of the research I've been doing usually claims the males have better temperaments (once they've been neutered) than the females, and that females are generally more aggressive than the males. I personally would want a male, don't want any puppies running around my house after getting my first pet! lol!
We have four French Bulldogs right now. Three of our own and one foster boy. Both of the males are very laid back and gentle. Our boy is altered and the foster boy is not. I do not see a difference in being altered or not as far as temperment. They are both calm dogs and extremely loving. Both of the females are hyper. So i tend to agree that the males tend to be on the calmer side more than the females.
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The main thing here is the Commodity!Females can reproduce so most assume there should be a higher value. And most take advantage of that benifactor. How sad! My dogs come from TOP lones. Father is a Two time world Seiger and I did not charga eofr a difference with her only litter in 2003,but I have only had 3 litters of my own in 27 years now.
If there is a price difference in the puppies, I normally see it as a 'discount' for the males to get more people to look at them. Otherwise all you will have left are boys. People sitting on the fence either way, will sometimes take a male because it is slightly less money. My pets all go on spay/neuter agreements so it's not about that.
I personally don't charge a different price on the sexes but I do see it often with others. I do have more people wanting females than males though. I have never had a puppy that I couldn't sell though I may have my first right now! I have a longhair chocolate/tan male that is still here at 4.5 months old. Yet I have 3 people waiting on a litter that I have due early Feb. But those will be smooths. Longhairs are definitely slower to go. I do see a slight difference in the sexes as far as personality but nothing that makes one better than another. I guess it depends on what the owner wants. You want an easy going, laid back, affectionate teddy bear, a neutered male fits the bill. You want sass and attitude, diva behavior, my females are just that! But I find it very entertaining and can't complain! I love them all, male or female.