(Closed) Boy or Girl dog?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I always grew up with male dogs, and so when Fiance 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
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1032 posts
Bumble bee

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
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

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
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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. 


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