When it comes to bringing home a new pet, few dog owners stop to think for a moment: should I get a “boy” or a “girl”?
Rather than carefully weighing up the pros and cons of each sex, most folks end up making a decision based on recommendations, past experiences or even based on their “gut instinct”.
Young men, for instance, often like to pick up a tough-looking male because he probably reminds them of their own manly traits. While women typically like to buy small female dogs because perhaps, they feel a ‘purse dog’ makes for a cute companion!
Either way, deciding what gender to own ought to be based on the pros and cons of each, which we will discuss in this article.
Buying a Male – Pros
Male dogs, for the most part, particularly pups, are slightly less expensive compared to their female counterparts. This can be a major advantage because it means you’ll be saving a little bit of cash to cater to some of the other needs of your beloved pet, such as extra food and treats or cute doggy gear.
No Heat Cycles
Males do not go through heat cycles. While many dog owners feel this can be a twin-edged sword, it is mostly a ‘pro’ because you won’t have to do any cleaning. However, it can be difficult to anticipate when your pet might want to mate.
More Affectionate and Passive
It is widely believed that male dogs are more affectionate and passive.
It goes without saying that male dogs are far more protective of their owners and make good watchdogs, especially since they are more aggressive.
Easier to Train
Many breeds of male dogs are easier to train because they are more receptive to commands.
Better Working Dogs
Males tend to be larger, stronger and more robust. They also have higher endurance levels, making them more ideal as police dogs, rescue dogs and so on.
Male dogs typically have more energy and are more likely to look for ‘excuses’ to goof off or engage in horseplay.
Less Expensive to Neuter
This is a common reason why so many dog lovers tend to go with males because they tend to be less expensive to have neutered than females to have spayed.
Buying a Male – Cons
Can Be Overly Aggressive
Many male breeds can be over the top aggressive, especially if they are sexually frustrated. In fact, a ‘sexually aware’ male will go to any length to track down his in-heat mate. If they don’t, then they may irritate you with too much barking or chewing away pillows, soft carpets, sofas, etc.
Males may exhibit behavioral problems, particularly during their younger years. They can be difficult to train as a result and might also show a generally rebellious attitude.
Unneutered Males Can Be Problematic
Unneutered males are more likely to wander about or sniff around when they’re not occupied by their owners and more likely to get into fights.
Urine Can Damage Certain Things
Since male dog’s love marking their territory frequently, certain things around your house like buildings, flowers, shrubbery and bushes can get damaged.
More Nutritional Demands
Males are larger, stronger and full of energy, which means they require more calories than females. So you’re looking at more frequent feeding cycles and higher food expenses.
|Less Expensive||Can Be Overly Aggressive|
|No Heat Cycles||Behavioral Problems|
|More Affectionate and Passive||Unneutered Males Can Be Problematic|
|Better Watchdogs||Urine Can Damage Certain Things|
|Easier to Train||More Nutritional Demands|
|Better Working Dogs|
|Less Expensive to Neuter|
Buying a Female – Pros
Female dogs are perfect if you want to breed cute little pups, whether it be for personal or business reasons.
Relaxed and Chilled Out
This is a major incentive for buying a female dog – they are really relaxed and will chill out easily most of the time. You’ll probably never have to worry about your dog wandering around or attempting to escape.
Less Aggression-Related Issues
Generally speaking, female dogs do not display too much aggression like their male counterparts, and this means fewer behavioral problems to deal with. They also exhibit less territorial spraying habits – although some varieties do not spray at all.
Potentially Easier to Train
Even though it is said that male dogs are more playful, energetic and receptive, and hence easier to train – the same can be said for certain breeds of females – this is especially true for younger females because they mature a lot faster than males.
Very ‘Human’ and ‘Animal’ Friendly
Given their nature, female dogs are far more likely to make friends with people around the house and even visitors, as well as other pets you already have.
Easier to Housetrain
Females are surprisingly easy to housetrain and even have the ability to hold their bladders for significantly longer periods.
Less Aggressive and More Docile Towards Complete Strangers
Females are often more docile towards strangers and other dogs that they are introduced to. Depending on individual circumstances, this can be a major advantage for those living in urban areas, where there’s lots of children, friends and neighbors roaming about freely – with the dog willing to be ‘everyone’s best friend’.
Buying a Female – Cons
More Expensive to Neuter
The cost of neutering or spaying a female dog is a lot more expensive than a male one.
More Expensive to Buy
Female dogs are more expensive to buy from the get-go in most cases, as money can be made from females should you choose to have puppies.
Urine Burns ‘Stuff’
Much like male urine, female urine marks also burn grass and shrubbery, leaving you with yellow rings throughout the yard to deal with.
Can Easily Get Nervous
Females have a tendency to easily get nervous and high-strung compared to males.
Long Heat Cycle
At the very least, a female’s heat cycle will last for 14 days – these cycles occur twice a year. Problems arise when owners find themselves dealing with the clean-up of their cycle. And then there’s the moodiness that females will display due to being sexually frustrated.
|More Breeding||More Expensive to Neuter|
|Relaxed and Chilled Out||More Expensive to Buy|
|Less Aggression-Related Issues||Urine Burns ‘Stuff’|
|Potentially Easier to Train||Can Easily Get Nervous|
|Very ‘Human’ and ‘Animal’ Friendly||Long Heat Cycle|
|Easier to Housetrain|
|Less Aggressive and More Docile Towards Complete Strangers|
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