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So many people assume my dog is a female and I want to know why. Is it because I'm a small female so they just assume I have a female dog?

Zim was interested in knowing if you were male or female and what breed of dog you have.

What I want to know is what gender you are and what gender your dog is.
 

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Our older dog is female and so am I, but everyone assumes she's a he (before they even know her name)... I think it's a color thing! She's black so people think that's masculine?? This occurred to me when people automatically referred to our white male puppy as "she."
 

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It's because your dog is white. I'm serious... white dog = female. Fluffy dog = female. I think it's from cartoons because the female animal characters are almost always lighter in color than the males. (Why is that?)

Anyways, I'm female and I have 3 boys and 2 girls. Not much help there. :)
 

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Male and Male.

I have a habit of assuming all dogs are male until I know otherwise. I guess it's similar to the previous comment on generalizing and stereotypes and I just see dogs (all dogs) as "manly". Stupid.... I know.
 

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Probably not much help to your survey since it's me and my wife who have a female dog. When we adopted, gender was the last thing on our mind.
 

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I'm female and I prefer males dogs. Right now I have 3 males and 1 female
I find the males are more affectionate and calmer.
 

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I have two males and a female but I only actually picked out one of my dogs.

Jack is a family dog that we got when I was 7 years old
Kechara was a christmas present to me when I was 14
and I picked out Hawkeye for my 21st birthday
 

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My dog is Female but she is forever being called "he." After years of male dogs, I prefer a female (no marking, less desire to wander etc.).

However, somewhere I read that Female dogs will naturally gravitate toward male humans and Male dogs will naturally gravitate toward female humans. I have observed this tendency over the course of several dogs (anecdotal information).

Atka will gravitate toward my Dad and my Brother when we visit them. My last dog took a LOT of work for me to get oriented to me at first. She was "mine" after about 6 months. It helps too that I am the source of dog food.
 

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It's because your dog is white. I'm serious... white dog = female. Fluffy dog = female. I think it's from cartoons because the female animal characters are almost always lighter in color than the males. (Why is that?)

Anyways, I'm female and I have 3 boys and 2 girls. Not much help there. :)
I never even thought color could be a factor. That's interesting. When people call him female I think to myself, if they look, he's CLEARLY not female. lol.

I didn't go pick a male dog, he just came that way :)
 

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I'm female & both dogs are male. However my previous minpin was female.
I've never based my decision to get a dog on gender, & I really don't know which if I would pick a male or female if given the opportunity.
 

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When I took him to the vet on tuesday to get his exam for AAT, they had a new vet tech there and we walked in and she kept asking me questions saying she and I kept relpying saying he. It can start to get irritating after awhile.
 

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I tend to say I like females. I'm not sure why. My favorite dogs we've had have been females but I'm not sure how much that has to do with them or their gender. I do tend to like the female *look* in most breeds. Then again, I like a lighter build on my dogs anyways.
 

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It's because your dog is white. I'm serious... white dog = female. Fluffy dog = female. I think it's from cartoons because the female animal characters are almost always lighter in color than the males. (Why is that?)
Even my mother (Wally's actual owner) kept calling him "she" when he first got her.

Must be what you describe, Laurelin. Though, as for general people out and about - they usually call him "he".


To answer the OP's question - I'm male and so is Wally.

I tend to say I like females. I'm not sure why. My favorite dogs we've had have been females but I'm not sure how much that has to do with them or their gender. I do tend to like the female *look* in most breeds. Then again, I like a lighter build on my dogs anyways.

If I got another Coton, I might choose a female, just to see the differences in the female vs male temperment in the breed (supposedly, female Cotons are more active/silly/vocal - and Wally is a little of the first, can be some of the second, and is almost none of the third).

Any other breed, I'm not sure. Might just pick female anyway since I've experienced a male.
 

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My pup is female, I am female, but my boyfriend and I both own her.

Everyone thinks she's male. My boyfriend, getting sick of correcting people, went out and got a pink collar (and trust me, he must have REALLY been fed up if he willingly bought something pink) and people still call her "him". I think she looks very girly, but then what do I know?
 

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I am f/e with one of each. Quincy however is my first male and had he not had a story behind his first 6 months of life, I wouldn't have taken him as I did want a f/m simply because the leg lifting in the house bugs me (Quincy never has so he showed me lol)
 
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