Will it be a boy or a girl?

The battle of the sexes is still going strong – even when it comes to picking your pet pooch. Will it be a boy or a girl? Which one is better? Well, technically, none is “better” than the other, but there are definite behavioural and physical differences which might make one sex a better fit for you and your family.

So, what are these differences?

  • Females reach maturity faster than males, and it’s this early maturity that makes females easier to train.
  • Female dogs tend to be smaller in size than their male counterparts.
  • Females enter a “heat” cycle twice a year for about two to three weeks at a time. During these weeks females produce a secretion that’s supposed to lure male dogs and can stain carpets and furniture. This can be managed by having her spayed between six to nine months.
  • Male dogs can be very dominant and independent, and a large male dog can easily dominate a weak owner. That’s why it’s necessary to start obedience training as soon as they are the right age and start showing signs that they are ready.
  • A male dog‘s behaviour in terms of aggression and roaming can be improved by having them neutered.
  • The question regarding spaying and neutering is especially relevant if you’re looking for a show dog or a dog that needs to compete in competitive dog sports. Because show and sport dogs are rarely spayed or neutered, many actually prefer male dogs due to the physical, financial and time-related inconveniences that this can cause with females. Please ask your vet for advice.
  • Female dogs are more visually-oriented, whilst males are more scent-oriented. This is because of a primal need for females to keep track of their litter of puppies (that all smell the same).
  • Breeds can also make a difference when it comes to behavioural and temperamental differences between males and females, so ensure that you properly researched the various breeds you are interested in.

Whether you choose a boy or a girl as your new top dog, ensure that they get a balanced and healthy lifestyle right from the start. Refer to our helpful feeding chart here.

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