|10-08-2013 07:46 PM|
|Nigel||We have two females and a male. One female is more serious, trains easy, but is selectively dog reactive. The other female (litter mate) is goofy, laid back, problem solver, and still easy to train only just a tad less eager to do so, she gets along with most dogs fine. Our male is 14 months and seems to be maturing waaay slower than our two females. He does fine with most dogs, though he has only had limited interaction. He's smart and trains easy enough, but he does get a bit stubborn at times. I'm not sure if he would do well in agility, might be a little too large I think. I like both, but overall prefer my females.|
|10-08-2013 05:23 PM|
I have two females and a male.
The only one that's dog reactive is my male, both girls just ignore other dogs (but are okay & friendly if another dog comes over and wants to 'say hello').
When it comes to working I have to admit that I thought it was/is easier with my male.
He just did it, the females "want to know why" and are harder to convince... But that's just my experience.
|10-08-2013 05:08 PM|
I have all girls. Most of them are ok, but will fight if pressed. I have one bitch in particular who will fight at the drop of a hat with any of my other girls. But in public she is fine. All my girls are fine in public. All can be taken to shows, be in pretty close quarters with other dogs, both males and females.
But owning two bitches can always be a questionmark. And I think that is where you get the statements about dogs fighting for breeding rights and bitches fighting for breathing rights. And bitches = stitches.
I find boys rather goofy, more interested in other dogs and people, easily distracted; where females are better focused on their person, and easier (in my opinion) to train.
|10-08-2013 04:45 PM|
As a life long dog owner I agree with previous comments. It's dependent on the dog more than the sex of the dog.
At 9 months and 60lbs my Misha is great with other dogs, people etc. That being said she's young and her protective nature is maturing quickly so I have to see what her adult temperament will be.
My goal from day one has been to properly socialize her, train her with frequency and give a lot of love.
So far so good........unless we are on the floor playing, then she kicks my rear end.
|10-08-2013 04:34 PM|
I have done both male/female in agility..My male was, in my opinion, to big and clunky, he just wasn't into it, which was fine, may be it was his 'thing'..
My female rescue taught me 'everything'..I started agility with her in the middle 90's. I lucked out with her, she was a big girl, but long lean and lanky, long legged, easy trainer..She was in the top 5 AKC rankings in 99/00. I retired her at 8 because of OCD (knee issue). She didn't care, she did it for "me"..
Anyhow, she had her doggie friends, and the majority were male. She was not a dog who looked for a fight, but wouldn't back down if someone started one. She could walk thru a crowd of dogs on top of her and mind her own business.
I think what helps, as well as genetics, is getting them used to the hustle and bustle of the show world at a very young age..She went everywhere with me, was subjected to all kinds of situations, Loud noises, tight quarters, etc..
|10-08-2013 12:59 PM|
We have had male dogs for over 13 yrs.
We rescued a female dobie a few years ago and she turned our house upside down with agressive behavior towards the male Doberman.
She ultimately wanted to be alpha.
We had to make a decision, because the 12 yr old dobie male was getting attacked on a daily basis once that female turned 1.
We ended up rehoming the female.
We now have a female GSD we rescued a few months ago and she is now 1.5 yrs.
She is quite possessive, and more high strung than the male dogs we've had.
So, I guess our experience is that female's are a bit more complex than males.
I have to say though both females have been more "lovey-dovey" and cuddly than the males.
A lovey dovey, cuddly dobie and German shepherd are quite the sight!!!!
|10-08-2013 12:15 PM|
|Freestep||In my experience, I've found that intact females can get "bitchy" with other females when they come into heat. Once spayed, I did not have any problems with any of my bitches. Luka went through a phase of being initially reactive to other dogs when she was a puppy. As an adult, she became rather bossy, but she was never dog-aggressive.|
|10-08-2013 07:38 AM|
My two GSD Females get along like they were litter mates even though they are from different mothers. One of my girls is a bit more wary and the other is as laid back and pleasant as they get. The two are both 2 years old and have lived apart up until I put them together last month. So far no fighting, resource guarding or other issues commonly associated with having two closely related females together. I did take the time to introduce them on neutral ground and have made sure they both get plenty of love and attention so there is no jealousy. And just for the record I prefer females since they wander less and try to escape less often. Males always roam in search of female companionship and to exercise their mating instinct and drive. Hope this helps you decide.
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