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The puppy I was planning on getting was female. The rescue adoption company and called me to tell me that she.....is a he. I have always heard that females are better than males. Is this true? She is a lab/cocker mix.

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I don't now that either is better. It's what you make the dog into. The main thing you'll have to watch for in a feamle that isn't as likely in a male is UTI's.
 

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If both are neutered/spayed it doesn't make much difference. Growing up I had mainly male dogs with no problems. However, DH prefers females because the few males he knew had the habit of lifting their legs in the house.

I told him I never had that happen, but he insisted that when we got a dog, it had to be a spayed female.
 

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Females are usually master of the dramatic sigh, the sulk, and the prissy I-don't-hear-you-and-you-can't-make-me-look.

Males tend to be good old boys- goofy, slobbery, clumsey...you name it.

There are good and bad about both. Males mark, females go into heat...

Both can be great pets...
 

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"In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to
maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial
than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by
participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'.

There IS a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative way-and it refers directly to
the behaviors exhibited by the females of the dog world. Most fights will usually break out between 2
females. Males, on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more
demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast,
reliable, and less moody.

They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily
motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males
can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age, he is
more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun-loving until the day
they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of the
twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while Grandma quietly observes from the porch.

Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs.
Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will
disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.

While the female will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. While
boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Females are usually less distracted during
training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. The female
is less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her
own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next
day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy, also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed."

Just some information that I came across when I was trying to decide what sex to get.In the end, I think that boys or girls will love you just the same.
 

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Females don't have the tendinacy like makes to mark their territory (ex: in the house)

Unaltered males tend to wander, are more territorial, etc. Females CAN be also.

Whatever fits your lifestyle is hat you should choose.
 

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I like females, given their stronger pact instincts. IMO, they're easier to train, which, once again: IMO, is the most important aspect of the human-dog bond. An educated dog is a happy dog. My current dog, it only took 4 showings of "Gimme the paw" for her to learn it. She even does it without me saying it or hinting at commands in general.
 

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UUmmm my neutered male will try to hump anything bigger than a guinea pig.

And my Sophia is the most submissive sweet dog you could imagine who ducks when the cat charges at her.

So there are no stereotypes, not even in the dog world.
 

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IMO male dogs are better. My male mutt has almost no flaws. No leg lifting in the house, never gets distracted when I'm even looking at him, never clumsy (almost as agile as a monkey). Never leaves my side outside without a leash. Learns faster than i do. Seriously. It's the effort you give a dog, and the methods u use that molds the dog. Dogs are just an extension of there owner.
 

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It really depends on the dog and how you raise is. We have two males who are total opposites. Raa dosent lift his leg at all, but loki we cant let into anything but an empty room because he pees on anything. But we also had ra from birth, loki we got at a few months old. Meanwhile all our females are the sweetest things. Roxy is the most submissive dog i've ever seen. Kendras a family girl, and Oreo's your typical puppy.

its all based on your lifestyle
 

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Just personal but I prefer females. I have 2 males now. Oh well, I am going to stand firm on the next one. I will have another female. My boys have always been more smoochy to strangers then my females. They have also been the ones I have to keep the closest eye on. They tend to all of a sudden find something to get huffy about. Neutering helps that ALOT!
 

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I like both males and females, and have had both (of various breeds and mixed breeds) over the years. I found my females to be more independent than my males, a little more alert, or aware of people and surroundings when out and about, and, more protective (of me), in general. I can't really say that my females were easier to train than my males (although most were), because I think that had more to do with several variables, including breed, the dogs as individuals, and even with me. I felt my females were more of a challenge in many ways, which added a certain sense of heightened excitement, accomplishment, and reward in working with them. The boys were all my sweet, kinda goofy, affectionate darlings, who seemed to worship the ground I walked on, no matter what! LOL In essence, my girls expected more from/of me, and when I lived up to it, made me feel great! If that makes any sense!
 

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Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs.

Someone forgot to tell the neutered males (and a few of the females) about this at my dog park.

While the "triple" is a daily occurrence, last weekend an elusive "quadruple" was spotted.

Also, you don't sit in the plastic chair without looking carefully at the seat. More often than not there will be a puddle of pee on it.

A few weeks ago this lovely woman in low riser jeans was squatting to handle her dog when one of many pit mixes lets go a steam right into her exposed butt crack.

Sorry, I though it was funny. :D
 

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Two old thoughts from my dog-showing/breeding days:

1. Boys are sweeter, girls are smarter
2. There's a reason they're called bitches

I have no reason to disagree with either of these tongue-in-cheek proclamations, lol! I adore my boys and the only reason I would voluntarily own another girl would be if I was planning to breed & show again.
 

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just thought I would point out that this thread is from December of 2006

while good information it is an old old thread....
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I think coming from a rescue he will be neutered. I had males growing up & my last 2 dogs are/were females. I'm getting a female puppy next week, because my oh didn't want a male. Always marking on a walk etc. In the Border Collies I've heard that the males are the more affectionate. I think they all fit in with their families.
 
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