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.
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).