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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is it true that dogs bond better with opposite sex owner?

i've read this in a few places, for people who have owned more than 1-2 dogs, is this true in your experience or just a myth?
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Myth, I've owned both and never noticed the slightest difference...of course, I'm an animal person, and bond strongly with any animal.
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A total myth, in my experience.


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A total myth, in my experience.
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Myth, I've owned both and never noticed the slightest difference...of course, I'm an animal person, and bond strongly with any animal.
okay so, what about the whole "girls are more serious and boys more silly" or the "girls are more protective of pack while boys more protective of the territory" what are the big differences (aside from physical) that arent myths?
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Not a myth, in my experience. lol! My previous female shepherd worshiped my husband. My current female - same thing. My current male is a mama's boy. Obviously, it doesn't always hold true. It did for me and I have friends who have had the same experience.

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I've actually seen it happen a lot in adoption placements. The canine boys attaching to their human women, the canine girls to their human men...I think there's something to it. It's not an "always" thing, but a "surprisingly often" things. I can't explain it.
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Nope. I have a great bond with Deja. Dogs bond with whoever provides the good stuff; leadership, training, food and fun. Oh, I forgot consistency.
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myth. I have both sexes. They are all mine.

Seriousness is in the genetics. But I do find male animals in general more affectionate.
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It is a myth or a misconception. Dogs bond well with those that treat them kindly, fairly and lovingly. Gender doesn't matter, IMO.
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I think it's a myth.

I prefer females, and mine have always preferred me - over my father (when I lived at home) , over my boyfriends (when I was a young adult out on my own), and my current females objectively prefer me over my husband (though they have a great bond with him). Whatever life stage I've been at, they've always been "mine".
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