Which Gender is Better in Dogs - Male or Female?
The ongoing battle of male versus female continues even in the pet world. There are no hard straight answers for this ongoing question of which gender is "better." So, what do you do when it comes time to bring a dog home? What is the difference?
While there are no hard and fast behavioral traits that apply to ALL male dogs or ALL female dogs, in my years as a dog trainer, here are some gender observations I've picked up:
- More Independent. Females tend to be more aloof. This can lead some people to describe them as less friendly and affectionate, and yet they can be every bit as loving as a male dog! It's just that they are more willful and independent. They tend to seek you out when they want to be affectionate and they set the terms for how long the session lasts. They are also very clever in manipulating us to their favor. They like to call the shots. Training wise - this can make females a bit more challenging.
- More Dominant. Females actually tend to be the more dominate dog in the house!
- More Mature. Female dogs with their independent, willful nature seem more dignified and mature than their goofy male counterparts. Females are protective and free-spirited.
- More Dependent. While females tend to be happy go off on their own, male dogs tend to be much needier. This can lead people to describe them as overbearing with their need to be around you all the time, but it's just that they want to please us so much! Males seek out affection and love to hang with their people, they are happy to curl up with you whenever possible. Training wise - this makes males a little easier to work with.
- Less Dominant. Of course, this trait is influenced by whether or not they are neutered, but neutered male dogs tend to be more submissive than female dogs in the home.
- Less Mature. Males dogs with their needy submissive behavior tend to come off as less mature than females. Males can be more goofy and silly, and some people have observed they take longer to outgrow their puppy-like behavior.
Introducing Another Dog To Your "Pack"
If you already have dog in your family and are looking to add another, it is important to consider keeping a happy balance in the existing pack. Here are some tips to consider:
The general rule is the opposite sex is usually the better choice. I do understand that there are many people that have two females and two males that are not spayed or neutered and live in harmony, however these recommendations are more for the general public and not a breeder.
- Female + New Female tend to have more disagreements as each wants to "rule the roost," especially if neither are spayed, which is known to be the worst case scenario.
- Male + New Male tend to co-exist with each other just fine and sometimes are happy to be buddies though they must both be neutered prior to meeting each other to have a great outcome of living together.
- Male + New Female. If you have a male dog and get a female dog, she will generally take the dominate role between the two. However, your male dog is usually happy to give that role to her with no fuss. Don't try to ensure your male as "Top Dog." Let them figure it out. Males tend to be more submissive and are therefore happy to give up the "reign" to a female.
- Female + New Male. Females are usually accepting of a male dog because males tend to be more submissive and obedient. They allow the Female to hold her "reign."
A Final Word About Dogs and Gender Preference
The above suggestions and descriptions of personality traits are meant as a reference guide only.
It is very feasible that a female dog can have the personality and traits of a male and vice-versa. The best dog for you truly comes down to the dog itself - not it's gender. When determining which gender will be best for you and your family, consider your lifestyle first and any other dogs that you currently have in your family pack. The breed and personality in the litter are more accurate indicators of a dogs personality.
Whether a pup is male or female, pups that are huddled in the back corner of a crate or pen with their siblings should never be your first pick, nor should the bully of the litter.
The main thing is no matter what sex you get, you want to make sure you spay and neuter before they turn 6 months old.
If you don't spay your female, not only will she come into heat every 6 months, she will also have mood swings - one minute happy to see you, the next moment a little grumpy and wants nothing to do with you. Unaltered males can become very aggressive when they are seeking out a mate - they have one mission only, to gain a female partner and to dominate the sexual situation against other males, so unless you are a professional breeder, it is important to neuter your male.
This helps reduce unwanted behaviors in both genders such as; marking their territory, humping, aggressive behavior, and other issues.