Post # 1
Or does it matter?
My husband and I always assumed we’d get a girl dog because that’s what he grew up with, and my dad always says to get a girl dog. We know what breed we want, though, and the boy dogs are bigger and closer to the size we want than the girl dogs are. We were told that if you neuter your dog at 4-5 months, than it really doesn’t matter if you get a boy or girl. I’ve never had a dog before so I’m not sure which route to go.
Post # 3
We started with a girl dog and while we absolutely love her, she tends to get pampered a lot. When FH and I started talking about getting another dog months ago, we decided to go with a boy because we had a feeling that we and others wouldn’t pamper it as much. However, we love both no matter what the sex is.
Also, I’ve read and heard that girl dogs will “compete” with the other female in the house for the males attention. If we get another dog down the road, two girls might bitch and fight back and forth with each other.
Post # 4
I’ve had both and it doesn’t really matter as long as they’re fixed (and for the love of Pets, neuter them!). I guess guys can be a little more territorial… but the difference could just be personality rather than gender. I’ve had 2 boy dogs and 2 girls. I will say that usually if we have one or the other, the next dog we get is the opposite (we went girl/boy/girl/boy). dunno why though… variety? 🙂
Post # 5
I always grew up with male dogs, and so when FI and I got our dog we went with a male. I’ve actually heard they can be easier going than females. One thing I know for sure, it’s much more expensive to spay a female than to neuter a male!
Post # 6
I would say it doesn’t matter… I’ve had both, and there never really seemed to be a difference.
And yes, spaying/neutering helps A LOT.
Post # 7
It doesn’t matter a huge amount, but in general boys are often more cuddly and females often more sassy (they don’t call them bitches for nothing!). Though that’s not set in stone, individual dogs may or may not follow that general pattern.
Post # 8
I grew up with make dogs, and we have had two females. I’ve found the females to be a lot more laid back than males, but this is just our experience. I’ll probably always stick with females.
Post # 9
Okay, I’ll tell you everything I know from my experience- I have known a huge difference between male and female dogs.
I think the males I have known have tended to be more laid back. The females tend to be smarter, but can be more neurotic (like taking them out- “just pee all ready!”)
Some male dogs mark things even indoors. Never had that with a female, but every dog has SOME accident at some time.
Male dogs tend to have more of a humping problem, but some females do it too.
I get all of my pets fixed, and that never really changed anything that I can tell (personality or habit-wise.)
These are just casual observations from my experience. I too like the size of the males, but I love the intelligence and connection I feel to the females.
Post # 10
I have only had 1 dog my whole life, and he was all boy… honestly this dog was MANLY!
He was a great dane, grey hound, black lab mix… such an awesome pup. He was neutered young and had no, well, for lack of a better word, “humping” problems. In fact we was really maternal with me! I was really young when we had him and he used to carry me around on his back, we used to snuggle and take naps together, he was very protective of me– he even fought off a baby rattler when I was walking around barefoot in our yard at about 5 years old.
I LOVED that dog, so I say, boy dogs are fantastic too! 🙂
Post # 11
We adopted our foster dog, which is a boy. He was neutered around 3-4 months. He’s very sweet and gentle. I feel bad for him when other dogs are aggressive, growl or bark at him b/c he seems confused as to why they don’t want to play. I worry that he can’t defend himself b/c he’s such a friendly puppy. He doesn’t lift his leg when he pees, so we were wondering if he will ever start doing that.
Post # 12
I’ve heard that females can have more personality issues/problems than males (dog trainer told me that) but I don’t know…I’ve had two males dogs (both wonderful), but all my friends who have female dogs have wonderful dogs too.
Post # 13
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I grew up with female dogs, and I remember my mom always telling me that she would never get anything else. So I kind of always figured I’d end up with a girl dog. However, we ended up with two male dogs and I think they’re pretty awesome. As long as you get them neutered they won’t try to mark anything in the house (at least mine don’t) and they seem to be a lot more chill than my parents’ dogs ever were. In the end, it doesn’t make much of a difference, but I definitely prefer male dogs now.
Post # 14
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
@brwneyedgrl: I’ve heard that they generally don’t do that unless there are other male dogs around that do it also. My dogs very rarely lift their legs to pee!
Post # 15
We have three girls now, and love them all to pieces. In the past though, I’ve had some boys in my family when I was younger and they never worked out — I know it’s not an absolute, but my mom always recommends girls to people, and from my experience they are loyal, lovable, smart and obedient. They tend to “get the picture” a lot sooner than boys.
when I look back at my childhood, my boys were def. the most memorable though, just a lot more work 🙂
Post # 16
If you get the boy dogs neutered they won’t mark anything in the house. You can get boy dogs neutered very young but some say that you should let a female go through one heat cycle before getting them fixed.
My male dog is the most laid back, smart, loyal, dog ever. He loves to cuddle. All of those characteristics though are just the breed.
I think you can tell the differences in the personality in the litters though. If you want a really calm dog, ask the owners which puppy is the calmest. You can usually tell. When I picked out my dog he was the one that came and sat by me when all the other puppys were out playing with each other. That is exactly his personality now.