|Radell Heights Cavaliers
Male or Female??
|Many people believe that female dogs make better pets...female preference seems to be
ingrained in people. Most calls for pet dogs have 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
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
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.
There area a lot of self claimed 'Miniature Breeders' out there but be aware that it takes a
well planned breeding program to keep a miniature from generation to generation. The
difference between sizes and sexes is minimal, if bred correctly, and for improving the
breed according to the standard.
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.
And 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. The female also has
periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed.
Seasonal heats can be a month long nightmare
not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood.
Did we mention that the seasonal heats happen TWICE a year?
If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed since during this time she
can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes. She will be
particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period
can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for
wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait'
Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays in a flux of
estrogen level which may give us the reason as to why females are more moody than
Males generally cost 1/2 the price to have neutered as a female does to be spayed.
SOOOOOO ...before you decide on that age old dilemma of male or female, give
consideration to any other dogs that may be in or around your home, your financial
situation as to having the dog altered and whether or not you have the space, time and
money to raise a litter of puppies..
(503) 851-1187 Tammy
(503) 409-3491 David
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