We are often asked to describe the dogs in a male vs. female situation. Our reply is always the same. To us, it depends on the dog. Every dog is different. I have dogs of both genders in the house nearly all the time. I have boys that do the marking/humping, but I also have girls that will do the same thing. The best I can do is make some very general statements regarding both genders. Again, all dogs are different & these are generalities. I have some girls that are the complete reverse of this & some boys that do not fit the profile.
stay puppy like longer (mature slower than girls)
can be somewhat more difficult to train due to their immaturity - they just want to play, play, play!
are less likely to hump/mark if they are neutered in the 4-6 mos. age (we have not experienced this personally & I would recommend that you consult your vet in regard to the best time for neutering
are only territorial & aggressive when there is a female involved (this is a personal experience of mine - the boys seldom scrap unless there is a female in heat)
when males do squabble, it it usually over quickly & not very intense
males seem to be more forgiving & do not hold a grudge
males seldom have difficulty getting along with females
many can be described as big goofballs or loverboys
can be in your face about affection from their people
mature more quickly & settle in sooner
are somewhat easier to train b/c of their maturity
will hump/mark as a sign of dominance (has nothing to do w/ breeding or sex)
can be very territorial, especially w/ other female dogs
are much quicker to be aggressive over perceived transgressions (real or imagined) of another dog
squabbles between two females can be very intense & prolonged
two females who have determined a dislike for each other will always dislike each other & encounters between the two will likely always be intense or aggressive
girls love everyone, but have a tendency to choose favorites"
females seldom have difficulty getting along with males
more prone to mood swings - can be really sweet or really sulky
tend to be affectionate on their own terms - when they've had enough, they walk away
more independent of their people
I would like to reiterate that these gender traits are generalities. There are always exceptions. I would also like to point out that I have experienced some of the traits in my dogs first hand. Others, I have not experienced personally (for instance, I have never had a neutered male), but I have researched & talked with others & have passed my findings along. I taught HS math for 25 years and to be honest, male and female canines parallel teenage humans.
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