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Should I Get A Male or Female Dog?

Should I Get A Male or Female Dog?

If you’re trying to make a decision about what gender dog to get, this great, clear list of pros and cons may help you make the right choice for you and your family.

Keep in mind that there is no evidence that one sex is more intelligent than the other. And if you live in a situation where your dog is free to relieve itself in a fenced yard, the dog-walking considerations are no longer as crucial.

There are some points here you may never have considered or thought of before!

Pros: Female Dogs

1. Female dogs are said to be easier to train than males.

2. They are likely to be more docile, a desirable trait for city living.

3. Some dog lovers consider females more affectionate and companionable, though in loyalty to the memory of my male dog, Benjy, and my childhood dog, Laddie, I have to question that.

4. A female dog can hold her urine longer than a male—some can wait as long as 12 hours if necessary—which might be an advantage in a household where no one is home during the day.

5. On walks, a female will usually empty her bladder all at once. A male dog may urinate in little spurts her and there, and it can seem to take him forever to relive himself, especially on cold winter nights.

Cons: Female Dogs

It is more expensive to spay a female than to neuter a male.

Read more: Pets, Everyday Pet Care

Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Patricia Curtis. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from City Dog, by Patricia Curtis (Lantern Books, 2002).

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2:24AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

As long as we must be granted the love from keeping a pet, it doesn't matter about gender

12:54PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Either way, they both equally need love & care. =]] I love them both!!!!!

1:31PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

have 2 females and 1 male. females is that they are hormonal before, during and after seson. Can be acidic and will not go for walks.Males are ready constantly :-))

8:43AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012


8:32AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

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2:00PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Better neither, get a CAT much better do not make all the noise & MESS.

9:36AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

our one female dog would take small pees thought a walk. and would try to do it on a rock or higher up. she would hold the bladder fine in the house.

1:56AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

A neutered male dog is the best... male dogs are very affectionate, love too play and retain there puppy like playfulness.. Peety my 3 year old male wired haired Dachund is simply amazing.. extremely inteligent

6:30PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

What about the male dog?
How can we know the true thing if it shows only one gender?

5:48AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

I am sure it matters much what the sex is.. just hug them .

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