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Not really. It only really makes a difference if you have more than one dog. Male-female pairs are often best.
 

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No, one gender is not better. I tend to prefer females.
Females tend to be moodier.
Females tend to be less clingy.
Females tend to not want to please you just for the sake of it.
Females tend to be more independent.
Females tend to be more stubborn.
All of these things can be exacerbated when a female goes into heat.
Males tend to be sillier, more carefree and goofy, traits I personally don't tend to look for in a dog. Not bad traits, just not my number 1 liked traits. Don't get my wrong I do tend to like to occasional goofy-ness, but not all of the time.

I guess I prefer a more no-nonsense dog. Again this is just my preference. My next dog will be a no-nonsense breed and a strong minded breed, not beagle though, more like ACD. My next dog will also probably be a female.
 

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There are perhaps trends by gender, but no hard and fast rules.

To the OP-- What are you looking for in a dog? What do you want your dog to be like and what plans do you have for him or her?
 

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I agree with K. B. For the most part. But I can only say from a Cocker Spaniels owner point of view. My female loving as she is very protective of our kids. Where as Sebastian is goofy and loves to play and very clingy. Hes follows me everywhere doesn't appreciate being walked by anyone else in the family where as Penny will. He rather hold it and wait for me even when Penny is going out with another family member. But he was easier to house break and train.
 

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It's a subjective opinion.
I prefer female over male.
My sister prefers male over female.

It's personal opinion.
Ditto. I like the girls .... My girl is more than clingy and silly enough and so very loving.:wink:
 

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Geeze, it's the dog not the gender.
Thank you.

Plus, what do you mean by "better" anyway? Because... female dogs are better at having puppies, but male dogs are better at impregnating female dogs. "Better" is a pretty vague and subjective word.
 

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Thank you.

Plus, what do you mean by "better" anyway? Because... female dogs are better at having puppies, but male dogs are better at impregnating female dogs. "Better" is a pretty vague and subjective word.
That doesn't mean they should have given women right to vote :) but with dogs it's different.
 

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I agree it's subjective. I prefer boys, though I have one of each.
 

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In some breeds, there is a bigger difference than in others. In papillons, males tend to be more cuddly and eager to please, while the females tend to be a little more independent. There are no hard and fast rules, but that's the trend. OP, if you're looking into a specific breed, the breeder should be able to tell you if there are normally differences between the genders. But usually, like everyone else said -- it's the dog, not the gender.
 

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I have two girls, aged one and one and a half. They get along great, are great little dogs. Ive only ever had girls. My sister only has girls. But Ive met plenty of adorable little boy dogs. If I ever get a third dog, I'd like a boy, I think. I think, like everyone else, it depends on the dog, and whether or not the new dog gets along with the existing dogs.
BTW, OP, the dog in your profile pic is ADORABLE:)
 

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When I was growing up we always had female dogs. I recently adopted a male dog. The only difference I see are that my mom's female dogs are highly excitable and my dog is pretty darn lazy. As soon as you pull into my mom's house her dogs are barking and jumping up in circles. Sometimes it can take them a good 10 min to settle down. Whereas, my dog will take a good 10 min before he'll bother with getting up and greeting someone.
However, I don't really think these difference have to do with gender...maybe their breeds play a part but I think it's mostly just personality. There will be pros and cons with every dogs personality/behavior but I don't think it has anything to do with gender.
 

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I do think there are some differences due to gender but then I also wonder if it's how WE relate to one gender or the other. If you don't know what gender an animal is, can you tell if it's a male or female based on behavior (non-sexual behavior--if mating is happening it's not so hard to tell who's who!)? IDK. But mostly it's up to the dog's individual personality, training, genetics, etc.
 

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some breeds/dogs donthave differences or much difference. take collies for example, there is little difference btw males & females. in a breed like ACDs, males do tend to be more fun loving & goofy, while the girls tend to be more business like & such.
 

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I prefer one of each. The only difference that hasn't been mentioned is that some dog breeds often cite same sex aggression. ie Giant Schnauzers. I'm only going by what the breed club websites state, not personal experience.
 
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