Post # 1
Hi Bee’s! My boyfriend and I have a “meet and greet” with our local Bulldog rescue regarding one of their recent rescues. I have been wanting a Bulldog for years now, I have just always loved them and think they’re so cute. While I know about the health risks and high maintenance, I’m still 100% sure I want an English Bulldog. The only thing is….now I’m not sure if I want a male or a female.
Before, I was adamant about getting a male. I’ve just always had male dogs, I don’t really know anything about female dogs. I like the male goofy personalities, and rambunctiousness. Plus, there’s just the idea of being able to call him, “my boy” which I really like.
This rescue that they called us about is a female though. I’m not opposed to a female, I’m just unsure of it. I don’t know what their personalities/temper are like. I want a dog that will cuddle with me–be nice and sociable, but one I can also “rile up” and have fun with playing tug or fetch.
So, my question to you dog owners, which do you prefer and why? Thanks so much Bees!
Oh yeah, P.S., Boyfriend or Best Friend and I don’t have real grass in our backyard, we have the fake turf (Nooo, not AstroTurf like the Brady Bunch, lol) so female pee stains aren’t an issue with us. 🙂
Post # 3
My family has had a mix of male and female dogs of a variety of breeds over the years and I’ve seen little difference in the willingness/desire to cuddle, the socialness, and the ability to rile up for a game of fetch or a wrestle on the floor between male and female dogs at all (at least not any of the ones we’ve owned). To be honest, if I was forced to pick the sex that was most social/playful/cuddling, I’d say our female dogs would slightly beat out the males.
Darling Husband and I own a female lab mix right now who LOVES to play fetch and tug on her rope toys, have us chase her around the apartment, and to roll around on the floor. She is super social and feels the need to meet every dog and human we ever come accross on our walks. Yet at the end of the day she loves to cuddle up in bed with me and sleep by my side all night.
I really wouldn’t worry about the fact that this dog is a female instead of a male. Just judge her personality and temperment when you meet her, completely irrelevent of her sex.
Post # 4
I have a female dog and she will do all the things you describe you want: cuddle, be nice and sociable, get “riled up”, playing tug or fetch. I think the personality depends more on the specific dog then their gender…just like humans.
Post # 5
I have both a male and female dog and they BOTH love to cuddle and hug and play. My male dog likes to cuddle more at night and my female dog likes to cuddle more in the morning, but I think that’s just a personality thing.
Post # 6
It’s more about the dog’s personality than the gender that will determine many of those traits you are looking for. I personally prefer female dogs because of hygiene reasons mainly but if you asked for cats I would prefer males since they can be less standoffish (though again, individual personalities). I would say don’t make up your mind based on gender but on that individual dog’s personality. Have fun at your meet and greet!
Post # 7
@Pelikila: what do you mean when you say you prefer female hygiene to male hygiene? I would think females would be worse with their female problems and all (if they’re not spayed)… What about female hygiene is better?
Post # 8
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we have two girls and they are just fine 🙂 Growing up we have had our mix or both and I haven’t really noticed too many differences in temperment. I know that males if unneutered can become agressive, but my guess is that if yours is a rescue it will be neutered. Our girls have all been cuddly, playful and fairly sociable. I think more of temperment has to do with breed and overall environment. If the dog is raised well and socialized at the right age, it should be fine.
Post # 9
I, too, prefer males dogs, but only because I’ve had two dogs and both are males. I wouldn’t hesitate to get a female someday. 🙂 I really think it just depends on the dog. I’ve met great male and female dogs and not-so-nice male and female dogs. I don’t think the gender matters so much, at least to me.
Post # 10
In regards to the male/female hygiene thing, I personally have seen some male dogs that actually pee on themselves!! Maybe that’s what she meant?
I’ve had both male and female dogs and currently have a female. She’s great and I prefer female dogs for the reason I mentioned above, but I’m not opposed to males. I definitely agree that temperment and personality are really dog-specific, not gender necessarily.
Post # 11
There really isn’t much difference between male and female dogs for pets. Both genders you can get riled-up and play tug or fetch with.
On average, males are slightly more cuddly and females are slightly more moody/standoffish (they don’t call them bitches for nothing!) But this is a loose coorelation, there are plenty of cuddly females and plenty of moody/standoffish males.
If you get a male, make sure you are very diligent and on top of it if he lifts his leg in the house. Even if he’s neutered, don’t assume he won’t mark, many neutered dogs mark too.
Post # 12
@RenoRose: What female problems do you mean? As long as they’re spayed (you are planning to spay, right?) female dogs don’t really have “female” problems. We’ve always had female dogs, and they were wonderful. My husband had male dogs most of his life and they were equally wonderful. A dog that is trained well and loved a lot is going to be a great addition to a home, regardless of sex.
Post # 13
@mrsmdphd: I’ll second your comment that none of the female dogs my family has ever owned have had any “female problems” so I too am not sure what the OP might be referring to.
Post # 14
@mrsmdphd: I meant the “female problems” a female dog would have if she weren’t spayed. And yes, she will be spayed, the rescue will spay her.
That’s why I was asking what pelikila meant when she said she preferred the female hygiene.
Post # 15
I have had both, and I prefer females. I do think they have differences, but both can be fantastic. You can have a connection with either- and I actually felt more connected to my female. I have had problems with males peeing in the house. As far as getting excited and having fun and cuddling, male or females will do that!
Post # 16
We’ve had male dogs and right now we have a female and I would agree with previous posts…same lovableness factor!
One of the older male dogs we rescued had a very bad “hygiene problem” in that he would mark on furniture and basically anything that was left on the ground (and he was fixed!). Females aren’t known to do this…so that may be a difference in “hygiene”.