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05-18-2014 12:36 AM
njk I always said if I got a dog it would be a male, but we ended up with a female. My fiancé put his foot down and said female simply because his other dog (staffy) is a male. His staffy is currently living with his mother as we live in the Outback and I have an elderly cat (his staffy hates cats), but eventually when we move back to the city the two dogs will have to live together. He subscribes to the belief that a male and a female will get along better than two dogs of the same sex. My preference for males probably comes more from the belief that male dogs bond better with women and female dogs bond better with men. My belief has been challenged though, as our pup seems to have bonded with me rather than my fiancé. I have no regrets over getting a female
05-18-2014 12:17 AM
Crimes I have only ever had male dogs.

I have found females to be too stubborn, and have never developed that close bond with them. My sister had a female pit bull and man, she's a handful! Likewise, my uncle has a female dog and I see lots of parallels to my sister's pit...just not my thing I guess.

My Apollo is incredibly attached to me, but not to the point where it's obnoxious. (he does howl when I leave though, he NEVER does it otherwise, so I have never actually heard him do it, but my mom has recorded him for me once to prove it!)

I would probably stick with males for any future pets, though would not be totally closed to the idea of owning a female. If I got a female dog though, I would have her fixed, because I do NOT want to deal with the heat cycle. lol
05-17-2014 10:37 PM
LeoRose I currently have two bitches (one mutt, one GSD) because those are what I scooped up after they had been dumped (mutt at a cemetery and GSD at a laundromat). I'm hoping to add a Dobe in a few years, and it will probably be a male.

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05-17-2014 05:44 PM
SoCal Rebell I've had 4 males in succession since age 8, the last 2 always had a female as a companion. My newest male is 7 months old and the golden is 4.5 years old, just my thing. Last male GSD probably saved me from a beat down (SchH. trained) handily took care of the situation.

05-17-2014 02:59 PM
brembo The dog that hurt the most to lose was a male. Big framed GSD that just seized my heart and took up residence there. Big knob was all he was, lots of bone and muscle and on occasion flashes of brilliance. On average tho, he was just a good dog, willing companion and devoted mutt.

My females have all been razor sharp, that would be a Mal, a GSD and a GSD/BC mix. All three were/are annoyingly intelligent and hard to control. I like that aspect most of the time, except when I'm tired or stressed, then a smart dog can get a bit tiresome.

Right now I have a very smart male that is reserved and tractable. He listens very well and is coming around to the idea that he can relax when I am at home, I don't need 24/7 hyper-protection. My female is distressingly intelligent, she gets into trouble with her problem solving antics. She watches and learns from my male, but has a great off switch(behind the ears and tail root). Good mix here, prolly going to try and keep the male and female mix in the future.
05-17-2014 01:36 PM
Sabis mom I have found over the years that I seem to work best with females. I find their snarky, hormonal attitudes appealing and I seem to bond better with them. I swore that once Bud was gone I would never have another male. I dislike all that 'boy' stuff.
05-17-2014 01:33 PM
arycrest I like having a combination of both ... currently I have one girl/three boys. I prefer having a majority of males because IMHO they're easier to live with, less independent, less "bitchy", more laid back, generally easier to train (the girls have all been extremely intelligent, however, at least for me for some reason they're not as easy to train as the boys).
05-17-2014 01:24 PM
jafo220 I've had both genders. I prefer males for their size. Yes I know, it's a mental thing and it's also perception. But I also prefer males as the ones I've had over the years seemed to be more accepting of others. Not so over the top as we have a therapy and a seeing eye dogs in the immediate family. Father in law and his seeing eye dog and I had a bad experience with a female GSD of mine. She was highly protective of her pack. Males just seem easier going and depending on the line, less on edge. But this is my perception of male/female genders in dogs.

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05-17-2014 12:18 PM
DTS First gsd was female so we got a male for pack dynamics. Female is spayed. Also, I had heard males will bond with female humans more which I wanted because our female bonded with my fiancé even though she was supposed to be my dog.
My female is very independent and rarely seeks out attention.
My male is an attention hog and loves to be in my lap which most of the time I don't mind because he just lays there to be pet and falls asleep.
They both follow my fiancé and I around and no one goes to the bathroom alone.
Our male is more bonded with me . And he's just a hunk.
05-17-2014 12:13 PM
lsatov With the help of the breeder picked the right dog for the job regardless of gender
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