Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beautiful Pacific NW
I've also seen it many many times where similar aged opposite sex pairs, where the female will take the upper hand, and not let it go.
We just adopted out a Great Dane to a Great Dane owner, and their existing dog was a male. The girl, from the moment she met their boy dog (who is roughly the same age) gave one snarl and that was it.
She was the boss and he was the underling in that home. They now refer to him as "little brother" and she's the bossy older sister.
IMO, and yes, this is my theory now, girls try that crap with each other, there's going to be **** to pay.
Because as soon as the lip goes up, it's "The **** you say!!" and boom, it's on.
And girls "see red" apparently, because that's how they fight. Absolutely not wishy-washy.
And to use ourselves as an example again, we recently had a female mixed breed, part Pug, I think, who would leave the boys alone, run right by them to get to another girl. She just knew, and we had to adopt her to a no-other-dogs home or one with a male, never a female. She'd zoom in and attack, no questions asked.
You can discount it, call it "anecdotal" or whatever, but when it's going on in your home, you know it exists.