If someone has the answer to this, please seriously comment or send me a note through our contact us icon because I would really like to know. Although I love me THREE female dogs, I would never EVER trade the "laid back-- take life as it comes" attitude of Duke, Cody or Hank.
Duke is protective, but that's not the same thing and also why he lives here!
I decided to do some google searching to see what the internet has to say:
Over at YourPurebredPuppy.com they believe that as a general rule, male dogs are more emotionally secure than females:
"Male dogs tend to be more stable in mood than female dogs – less prone to emotional swings.
"Male dogs are often bolder and more aggressive than females, although in some breeds it is the female who is 'sharper' and more aggressive while the males might be described as 'goofy,' 'klutzy,' or 'big softies.'"2
PetMD has this posting:
The battle of the sexes is not limited to humans after all. Some believe that the male dog is more affectionate and easier to train, while the female dog is more aggressive and protective of its owners and puppies. Well, the truth is that when it comes to dogs and puppies there is no superior sex.
This is from thebark.com
I asked if trainers thought there were differences in learning and performance between male and female dogs. (I did not ask about intact versus neutered or spayed; more on that later.) The answers were enlightening, interesting and downright amusing.
Here are a few of them:
“Males are softer.”
“Females are softer.”
“Males are more independent.”
“Females are more independent.”
“Males are easier to train than females.”
“Females are easier to train than males.”
Whatever the preconceived ideas are about male vs. female pets, I can guarantee you one very important thing:
Your dog's behavior is going to be unique and reflect how it is treated and trained!!
We recently took in Leighla. She was sent back to our poodle breeder by the family who bought her because she is hyper, jumps and is "mouthy"...meaning she grabs at your hands with her mouth. Yup, she totally is and does all those things. Guess what?? She's a 1 1/2 year old poodle who needs a lot of attention, exercise and patience. She's getting better and better by the day. We give her attention, exercise and are firm with her. We don't toss her in a kennel when she is does something that we don't like. We get her to calm down by taking her outside or aside and asking her for some changes by sit, stay, calm commands. I dont know the family who had her or what their circumstances are, I just know that her behaviour if purely environmental. Remember, whether you have a male or female pet
It is one hell of a lot easier to TRAIN a behavior than to CHANGE it!!
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