The difference between a male and a female puppy is a frequent question we are asked. Which would make a better family pet? This information is really our personal opinion from the dogs we have owned, speaking to other breeders and buyers of our puppies. If we could only own one dog it would be a desexed male.
We find them to be more devoted, affectionate and besotted with their owners. They generally are more easy going, and love everyone, are and less temperamental. Girls tend to be more selective on who they shower their love upon, can be temperamental and more standoffish. For families with children, we strongly recommend a male. If you check out the structure of dog packs, the females determine the pecking order and rule the roost. The result of that behavior is that the females become more stubborn, independent, and territorial than the males.
These females are much more intent on exercising their control by participating in that “alpha” behavior like humping. Most fighting will usually break out between two females.
If desexed around 6-9 months we don’t find any problems with them cocking their leg and marking their territory. This seems to be the main concern with people considering a male puppy. Desexing will prevent him from trying to mark his territory to male competitors, and to let females know he is nearby. Most, when desexed young, between 6 and 12 months, don’t learn to lift their leg and generally squat like a girl. They tend to be more emotionally stable, and less prone to mood swings.
Some of the larger breeds there is often a physical difference between males and females. The males tend to be a little larger, with broader heads and deeper chests, and heavier coats. In the smaller breeds the differences are often not as noticeable however. Many of our boys are smaller than the girls. There is a persistent myth that females are more affectionate. While our girls are very loving and affectionate, they tend to be a little more selective on who they show affection to, whereas the males generally love everyone.
Often the difference in nature will have more to do the individual traits then gender. The more time you and your family spend with your puppy, the greater the bond you will have.