Are there general temperament differences in Male vs. Female?

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Old 12-15-2015, 11:20 AM
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Are there general temperament differences in Male vs. Female?

Hi. I am wondering how one decides on a male versus a female dog, especially considering either will be neutered/spayed as a puppy? Are there differences that are across the board, like for example, females are more protective of one person, males are more protective of a territory? I think I want a male, simply b/c my husband has a name picked out, says he wants a male, etc. The application we have to fill out for the breeder asks if we want a male or a female and why? I honestly feel silly not having a good answer

Would love to hear people's opinions/experiences
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I have one of each now. It's hard to give a definitive answer because they are currently different breeds, ages, and lines.

My Aussie is my boy, and he is a LOVER. He is a lap dog, wants to be with me all the time. Now, I can't say if that is because he is a boy, or because he is an Aussie.

My BC is my girl. She's young (5 months), and she's way more independent. She licks us like crazy in the morning, and is happy to see us when we come home, but she's not much of a snuggler. Now, that might be because she's a girl, or because she's from working lines.

I don't think you can go wrong either way, they're both awesome. The only difference I can really think of is that spaying a female is more expensive/intensive than neutering a male.
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We currently have two females and a male in the house all are different breeds and all have different personalities. I have always had males and I do find that they are often easier to train than females. My mom says that's because females think for themselves lol. Not saying this is true for everyone. I have had more behavioral problems with both my males where the females in the house we haven't had a problem with. All three are loving and love to snuggle. So I don't think it really matters either��
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I am not sure to the temperament behavior question as I have always had male animals but when I adopted Trucker my vet told me I was lucky that he was a late to be neutered because it allows them to fully mature first (the vet said about 1 year of age). He was allowed to go though puberty which is beneficial to a pups overall well being. It is something to think about when timing your spay/neuter.

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In general, I'd say not really. There CAN be, but if you're neutering them both that does cancel out some more prominent features that are involved in sexuality. I think asking if dogs are different because of gender is the same as asking that about humans. Can you say certain features are inherently masculine and feminine? Yes. But are there many outliers, exceptions and those who seem much more like the other gender? Yes! And if you're getting a dog without meeting him first then you might end up with a really masculine, stereotypical male or a really girly male. I think that unless you have another dog that only gets along (or gets along better) with certain genders that's the only time you *need* one of that gender. Otherwise it's a toss up.
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That's a hard one. I personally feel that females can be more possessive and territorial. That's been my experience. The 2 boys that have lived in my household, super sweet, not at all territorial. The girls however, must remain separated from each other, there are 3 and they never come into contact with the other. They do not get along and there will be a bloodbath if I allow them to interact. I am guessing breed of the dog will also play a factor in this. My neighbors have a female who is a pain, and my sister also has a female who is aggressive to other dogs and people on our daily walks. I think if and when I get another dog its going to be a male.
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There isn't much difference between genders besides the marking. I have owned and worked with males and females and they all vary in friendliness, aggression, territorial behaviors, fearfulness and confidence. I have found traits more common amongst breeds than genders. I was more inclined towards a female when picked out a puppy because I don't like marking and the drive to mark. Its an extra challenge that I particularly didn't want to deal with. (Though I have to say my girl stood out amongst the litter anyways).
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i think the personality has more to do with the individual dog and not the biological sex.
However, my personal experience is, that female dogs (of my prefered breeds, so mostly molosser and Schäfi) are often a bit more serious than the males.
the males may be a bit more likely to brawl with other intact males, but most of the time, I personally find them easier to handle in these situations...they seem to me a bit easier to distract form their object of dislike.
the few serious fights I've seen were all between intact female dogs (2 Schäfis, Pinscher-mix vs chi-mix and Dogge against Labrador).
If females fight, so it seems to me, they mean it more.
They mean destruction not "yo~ digger! I'm stronger, 'cause I'm the Über-king! So piss off!" (acting like a chav works a lot better with broken German. *lol*).
so yeah... personally in most cases I "click" better with male dogs because they seem more straight forward, often big puppies in their minds even as adults and they sometimes seem to forgive training mistakes a bit more than their female counter parts.
I personally find them a bit easier to handle and train.
I've also met awesome female dogs, that I'd love to own (there was this one chilled senior chi-mix lady I met this summer. I'm not a small dog person, but this one was great.)... it depends very much on the individual dog.

I'm talking about intact males and females here... but I never noticed that much of a big difference in temperament before and after castration.
I'm talking about later castration... early castration can lead to physical and mental problems in dogs...those have nothing to do with the biological sex though.
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It's all personality. I've personally grown up around both, but my family has only ever owned females. In general I think females tend toward more independence, and males are more co-dependence, but I could be wrong. I also know if you want a hunting or working dog, females often have more drive (I say often, not always) and desire to get the job done. Males will still get the job done, but more often in a less driven manner - does that make sense?
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when looking around at dogs, before getting Ben, i noticed where puppys are concerned, the female ones of a litter get sold for more than the male pups. so im guessing female ones are more popular, and i was told females are easier to train. how true it is i dont know to be honest i think it depends what breed it is, and the owner.
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