Choosing Male Or Female? 

Choosing Male Or Female?

Which will make a better pet, male or female? The only difference is a male lifts his leg and a female squats. There are so many misconceptions about males and females. In my experience, a male that has been neutered before he learns to mark in the house will never mark. Not all males even lift their leg to pee, and not all want to mark territory either. I have had several that have always squatted to pee just like a female. Do only males leave their yard? Some people think only males leave the yard and run off. Why do people think this? Because if a male is NOT neutered and smells a female in heat he will go look for her. Notice all the ifs in this statement? Neuter the male, problem solved. Female do also run. It depends on the dog and the training. Do only males mark their territory and hump? Many people believe that female dogs make better pets…female preference seems to be ingrained in these 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 dominance. Well, They don’t call them a bitch for nothing. The female is the dominant dog in the pack and can and will show that dominance by humping and marking. If you just simply fix your dog, a male and female almost act exactly alike. They will be healthier happier and more puppy like if you fix them. My past teacup Poodle Penny was the dominant dog in my house and daily put the other bigger dogs in their place. She also had a habit of humping stuffed animals, this behavior would most likely have stopped if I got her fixed. For males like I have already stated, if they are neutered before they learn to mark in the house they will never mark. Are females more motherly? No, again it depends on the individual dog. Females are motherly to their pups when they are nursing. When a female is done nursing her puppies are just other dogs in the pack to her. Which are easier to house train? No difference again. House training depends on you. The more often you take your dog outside the quicker he will catch on to house-training. We pre train your puppy to use a doggy door. Once a dog is spayed or neutered you will see NO difference in sexes. I recommend waiting until the puppy is at least 1 year old before neutering/spaying because the puppy will need those hormones to grow to the correct size and allow the joints to grow properly. Neutering/Spaying to early can make the puppy look different than if un neutered/spayed and can cause joint problems. Female puppies will become sexually active around 8 months of age so you will have to watch them closely around other dogs until they are fixed. The absolute earliest we recommend spaying or neutering a Giant is 1 year old, and prefer 2 years of age if you can wait. Spay or Neuter your pet: That right there will prevent sooo much! They will not mark their territory, no heats and no surprise puppies. Not to mention the health benefits of spaying and neutering. This is just some friendly advice & really is the best thing for your dog if you do not wish to breed it, of course the final decision is up to you as a pet owner. I do not require it to be done but I do highly recommend it unless you are planning on showing in conformation. If you are planning on showing in conformation the dog must be kept intact while doing that. If you plan on breeding your dog we will help you with our experience to make sure it is done safely. I’m only a phone call away.