This post was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Kristina Lalovic
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So, you know that you want a puppy, but you are not sure what to get, a male or a female?
If you are struggling with this one, don’t worry, because you’re not the only one. This a serious question and it asks for a serious approach.
After all, boys and girls are different in behavior, needs, and even in terms of communication. The same applied for puppies.
Should I Choose A Boy Dog Or Girl Dog?
Some people also believe that one sex is better than the other. The battle of sexes goes beyond the human’s area, as some believe that male dog is more affectionate, while others believe that female dogs are more aggressive.
The very important thing on this subject that you should be aware of is that there is no scientific study that has proven if having a female puppy is better than having a male puppy and vice versa.
Your choice of having a female or male puppy is deeply linked with your personal preferences and what you are expecting to develop from this new relationship in your life.
After all, having a puppy is not an owner-pet relation, but a real relationship between two living beings. You will interact with your puppy every day and you will watch him or her grow, get regular puppyvaccination, go through several interesting situations, and you will care for one another. Therefore, you should choose wisely. We can help you decide.
This is rather an obvious one, but it still deserves to be mentioned. After all, female and male dogs have different genital and reproductive systems.
When it comes to their appearance, males tend to be larger, meaning that they will eat more as well. On the hand, males will reach their maturity slower than females. This means that female dogs are easier to train, as a result.
As both get older, hormones tend to play an important role and you get to see more differences between them because their behavior is influenced by their hormones.
Of course, once you spay or neuter your dog, their behavior will also change and you will still be able to see the difference between sexes.
Being a responsible pet owner means that you understand the importance of neutering or spaying your dog. This procedure prevents the dog from reproducing and in lowering some of the behavior that is tightly associated with mating. Also, if you miss to neuter or spay your dog you can expect some destructive behavior, especially from males.
If not neutered, your male dog will mark his territory, so you should be prepared for often in-house pee marking. Also, when in ‘heat’ both females and males will try to find mates and they can put themselves in danger in the process.
If not spayed, your femaledog will go into ‘heat’ twice a year, and that will also be linked with the breeding time.
Most of the health problems and overall dogs well-being are tightly connected with spaying or neutering. Spaying female dogs can help prevent health problems like mammary cancer or even uterine infections.
Also, neutering male dogs can protect them from testicular cancer and prostatic hyperplasia. Both females and males can suffer from obesity.
Differences In Behaviour
There are many differences when it comes to non-mating behavior that can be determined by the dog’s sex. Like the fact that male dogs are more likely to bite than female dogs, although this is a result of many different factors – including dog’s upbringing and training.
Bear in mind that a dog’s behavior is in the majority of cases a human projection.
Good to know: If you are adding a new dog to your home, think about getting a dog of the opposite sex. Dogs tend to get along better with dogs of the opposite sex.
This is something that will solely depend on your training preferences and the amount of time that you can invest in proper training.
Average age when you should start puppy training is once your puppy reaches 8 weeks old. This is also the period when you can bond the most with your puppy and start building a human-dog relationship based on trust and positive reinforcement.
Each training will bring you closer and help you strengthen your bond and interaction. Training is just one of the steps on how you can care for one another.
Male vs. Female Puppy – The Final Decision
Ultimately, the dog’s sex is not unimportant, but it shouldn’t be the only criteria once you start your puppy search. Instead, have a checklist of traits that you would love for your dog to have, such as personality, exercise requirement, shedding level and so on.
Focus on meeting the dog, learning as much as possible about the breed, learn about past experiences, and think how well the dog may fit in your lifestyle. You may end up having a boy instead of a girl, but doubtless, you will have a friend for life.
Kristina is the editor at Barking Royalty, a website dog owners always turn to for their dog related issues. She has always been a dog person since her early childhood. She’s constantly learning about new ways of improving canine well-being and making dog lives happier.