There are many people that believe that female
dogs make better pets...female preference seems to be ingrained in these
people. Most calls for pet dogs are people wanting a 'sweet girl'. They
don't think females display alpha behaviors like 'marking' and/or
'humping'. They believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not
participate in fighting over dominance.
Well folks, this is not true and
they don't call them a 'bitch' for nothing!
In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the
roost, determine pecking order, and 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
and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. 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
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. Boys are always ready and waiting for your
attention and near at hand. The female is much more prone to mood swings.
One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and
withdrawn or even grumpy.
A couple of other things to consider is the cost of neutering is usually
lower than spaying because the surgery is usually considered to be an
easier procedure with a quicker recovery time. Spaying a female is a
little more extensive because they are removing the uterus, this is why
the cost is usually more & the female does not bounce back quite as fast
as the male. Also the price is often lower for a male puppy compared to a
female. The reason being is to give people an extra incentive to buy the
male due to the misconception that the female makes a better pet.