My household blows the whole male/female thing out of the water My GSD(female) is definitely more bonded to me then my son, but she still loves him. She is always with me, watching over me, and following me At night if my son is sleeping on the couch, she gets up and checks everything out a couple times at night, but she always comes back and ends up with me. I did most of her training, but it was evident that she was close to me, so my son took over the last class and did the CGC with her. The trainer did not think that she would pass being left with a stranger if it was me walking away, she did fine with my son. My male golden is also more bonded with me(shh, don't tell my son), but that is a close one between my son and myself. My oldest female(non GSD) is nothing like the other two, she is pretty much equal with both my son and I, but she is the most independent dog I have ever had.