Boy Dogs Vs. Girls Dogs

Updated on July 10, 2010
A.L. asks from Utica, MI
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I am getting a dog for me & the kids and the obvious questions comes up, do you want a boy or girl? I had a boy growing up, but I had a girl when older, have had other boy dogs too, and dont really seem to notice a difference. Is there really a difference? I am female and all my kids are boys, does this make a difference in the decision?
So far in asking around I have gotten that girls dont stop and pee on walks as often, so ok that might be a factor if I really cared if they stop and tinkle but I don't, if I am going to take a walk I am doing a casual thing and it doesn't matter it me.
Are there any other differences?

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Well I decided on the puggle breed, I didn't want anything to big because we live in a 3 brd (1400 sq ft) apartment, but they have a dog park very close to us and with 3 boys it will get lots of excerise. No way am I doing a puppy so I have looked at several shelters and have found one girl dog and one boy dog to look at and both are 1-2 year olds. We will be going to see them as a family this weekend and seeing if the dog chooses you theory works otherwise it will be up to my financies and a vote. Thanks for all the input!

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answers from Denver on

I have had both and prefer female over male dogs. Females do seem more 'protective' than males no matter what breed I have had. Males (even after being 'fixed') seem to like to hump random objects they find laying around and when walking pee and mark 'everything' they come in contact with. The females just seem to want to sniff it then move on.

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answers from San Francisco on

The breed of dog will matter more than the gender.
We have both, and just like kids it seems the girls are more gentle and do everything more lady like ( they do get old quickly and a bit head strong).
The males tend to be bigger, slower ( moving and thinking) but very loving and want to be in the action all the time... My large breed is a hazard to very small and weak elderly, when he bumps into with his clumsy love...
Wish ya Luck w/Pup
( Do look at the pound a few times....)

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answers from Dallas on

I think what matters most, is the personality of the specific dog you choose. Does the dog fit in with your lifestyle? Can you commit to taking it on a walk everyday and giving it lots of exercise? If not, go with a lower energy dog. Make sure the dog doesn't mind having it's paws, ears, and back end touched or tugged on. If your kids are young, these things will happen a lot. If you're looking at dogs and some seem very uncomfortable and scared around your children, I would look at a different dog. Herding dogs (I have two!) will likely try to corral your children or nip at their heels or other body parts as they run. Just remember, you can't take the instinct out of a dog. Pick one, that fits with your family's energy and activity level, it very comfortable being played with, and is easy to train. I really think that is WAY more important the the gender.

Side note: if you choose a boy getting them fixed as early as you can, will keep them from learning to lift their leg. (that is safe and allowed by the vet of course!!) It will also avoid any hormone related aggression

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answers from Chicago on

I own a doggy day care in Oswego and work with dogs every single day. There are females that mark and males that mark, there are females that are bossy and males that are bossy. What I've found in working with dogs is to look at their personality and energy level. Find a dog (and please rescue if you can) that suits your family's life style. If you are a sit at home, watch TV, play videos kind of family, then you want a dog with low energy level that wants to be a couch potato with you. If you are a family that is on the go, playing soccer, baseball, etc. in the backyard or wanting to go on long walks or hikes in the various parks around, then you want a dog with more energy that can go with you and have fun with you. Don't worry about breed, just watch personality, play style and energy level and spend quite a bit of time with any dog you are thinking of adopting so you can see what they are truly like.

Additionally, we are having an adoption and fundraiser event this Sunday (7/11) at our facility. Four rescue groups will be here with dogs available for adoption. The 4 groups are ADOPT, Fox Valley Animal Welfare League, Help Save Pets and Naperville Area Humane. We are doing a dog wash to raise money. For more info, check out the following link:

Even if you're not quite ready to get the dog yet, it might be a nice event to come and check out because you can talk to people from each rescue group and see what they are all about and maybe one can help you find the right fit.

Good luck and let me know. I love hearing "Happy Tails".

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answers from Cincinnati on

It depends on the breed, to some extent. In some breeds, such as Dobermans, the females tend to be the dominant personality, in others, like Bull Mastiffs, males. It can also be a matter of personality of each individual dog. I currently have two female dogs and one male. My female Collie-mix stops to pee a LOT more than my male Aussie - I think she's just a more dominant, territorial personality. My other female, a terrier, is the most gentle, lazy dog you could ever meet - really very opposite to my outgoing and active Collie. My male is just a happy-go-lucky guy. Instead of choosing a gender, I would look for a personality that you like.

But if I could add my two cents, please consider a rescue dog. You can still get a puppy if that is important to you, and while you might not have as much choice on gender, you'll be saving a life and creating a lifelong bond with an animal that truly NEEDS you. Please visit to find dogs in your area - you can search for a specific sex, breed, and age, or just put in your zip code and see what is out there. I am the proud mommy of three rescued dogs and two rescued cats after growing up with breeder dogs my entire childhood, and I have been working with animal rescues (both shelters and private rescues) for the last 10 years. Let me assure you that you'll never find a more loyal family member than one that has been saved. Good luck.

EDIT: One more thing I forgot to add! As long as you get the dog fixed, it shouldn't matter that you are female or your sons male. Fixing a dog will suppress those hormones.

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answers from Norfolk on

As long as the dog is fixed (neutered or spayed), you'll have fewer problems and either one will be fine. Unfixed males tend to mark their territory - every where (my Uncles German Shepard came over for a visit and lifted his leg and peed on our wall) and will wander looking for females in heat. I've seen some jump 6 ft fences to get to a female. Those who can't jump it will dig underneath. Unfixed females will go into heat and tend to draw a whole lot of attention from every unfixed male for miles around, and if they get pregnant, there will be puppies to deal with, find homes for, take to the pound, etc.

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answers from Houston on

Hands down I prefer female dogs. They tend to be calmer, more mature, gentler, etc. I would agree with others in that you need to pay close attention to the breed. Breeding can tell you about health issues, temperment, tendency towards dominance, energy level, etc. For example we've had pugs and they are so needy it can drive you crazy. Then again pugs are companion dogs so it is in their breeding. An interent search will help you find numerous websites for selecting different breeds based on your family and its needs. Consider training too - are you savy enough to handle training the dog on your own versus attending training classes. Some dogs are tough to train even for a savy dog person. Other dogs particularly small dogs tend towards dominance and need a firm hand. Finally I recommend getting some books on selecting puppies and rescue dogs and also on topics like pack behavior and understanding dogs. These books explain how environment can affect a dog's behavior in contrast to how the dog might behave once in your home. Also these books discuss how to determine alpha versus beta puppies/dogs (head strong v. submissive, harder to train v. easier to train) and that helped us match ourselves to a suitable puppy for our family. Overall take your time picking a dog since it will be in your family a long time and there really is no rush. A bad match is a misery for everyone. One last thought if you are against puppies due to work/effort consider rescue groups. There is a rescue group for nearly any breed you can think of and mostly they have adult dogs. Plus the dogs come with their shots and not all of them have health/behavioral issues. Many families get rid of good dogs when babies come. Good luck and happy dog finding.

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answers from Indianapolis on

It really does depend on the breed and the individual personality of the dog. Some breeds are more dominant. When we got our dog, we took her to training, and when the huskies would howl, the trainers would say, "It's not your fault, you're just being a Huskie". The rottweiler that slept through the class surprised me as much as the toy dogs being some of the more dominant.

Much will depend not only on the personality but also how soon you have the dog spayed or neutered. Female dogs tend to be smaller, but their urine is more concentrated and can burn grass more easily.

I'd personally choose based upon the personality of the dog most matching our desires, but I really do believe that a training class (even if you've had dogs before) is essential.

Good luck and enjoy the new addition to your family.

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answers from Detroit on

Throughout my life we have always had male dogs. A few years ago we adopted our first female. And now we have 1 of each :) I agree with what most people have said ~ look at the personality more than anything. I have noticed the yellow spots in the grass with my female, not the male. Males will alot of times urinate on things, while females squat (I did have a male that was fixed when he was young and always squatted). The female is more protective and wants to be the dominate dog in our house (we did have an issue with a female puppy we were fostering who also wanted to be the dominate dog, and someone I work with said you can't have 2 female dogs in a household).
Glad to hear that you are adopting! There are so many homeless pets out there.
Good luck!



answers from Detroit on

I don't know much about dogs but we have a dalmation and went with a boy because my husband said that girl dogs pee kills grass. temperments are different too boy dogs (dalmations) not sure of other breeds are more loveable and cudly. So check with the breed you are getting and do research.



answers from Pittsburgh on

My male dog is a sweetheart. (It also means I'm outnumbered 3 to 1 in my house!) I would meet both dogs and let the personality determine which you choose. Have fun!



answers from New York on

I don't know if this is true, but this is what I have noticed about our dogs and our family's dogs. I find that male dogs don't get along with other dogs as well. While all of the dogs I know are extremely affectionate, it seems as though the female dogs are more always at your feet type of thing.

I agree with previous posts, the breed of the dog is the most important consideration.



answers from Detroit on

I have heard that male dogs tend to attach to females, and female dogs tend to attach to males. So if you have boys maybe the female would work best.



answers from Detroit on

If you don't get them fixed... Males tend to be prone to running off if there is a female in heat somewhere... Females in heat are irritable and get blood everywhere.

I grew up with one of each, and they got along really well together. I think it matters more if you're going to have two, get one of each, two males can battle for dominance and two females can also have a hard time getting along.

Hope that's helpful! :)



answers from Phoenix on

Personally, I prefer female dogs, but that's because I had one when my husband & I first married, then we got a female puppy for our young daughter. The thing I've noticed about SOME female dogs is that they can be much more mature than boys and well-behaved. Being that my husband is the only male in the home, the puppy absolutely adores him. And with our daughter she's very playful & sweet. A lot depends on the breed as well, so perhaps you should consider doing some research on the type of breed you're considering. Good luck and your kids will have a blast with their new dog!



answers from Detroit on

You could pick a name first and then decide if it's more masculine or feminine.
As a former dog breeder, I would say may the BREED could make a difference. Choose carefully.
With females, you have their ''period'' to contend with, just like you. Comes less often but if you aren't careful, male dogs of all sorts will come calling and you run the risk of an unwanted litter. Females can be just as aggressive towards each other as males. I had a female of two different breeds, and one would always instigate a fight. A matter of supremacy.
Males can be downright cuddly. But they can have discussions over who rules the others. Dogs are flock animals and in the wild, there's a leader and there are followers. Sometimes there's a challenge.
But with males, again, when they smell a female dog in heat, it can be a challenge.
As far as having boys and choosing, I don't think there's any textbook answer. It's a play it by ear thing. Go meet the puppies. See which one seems to instinctively know about bonding with your kids.

Truly, there are benefits to having either. When a female whelps, it's a lesson in birthing and biology for the kids. I think males tend to be more loyal, but that again might depend on the breed. Any dog is happy to have love and companionship.



answers from Detroit on

My mother had always told me that girl dogs were easier to housebreak so I have had mostly girl dogs. One girl dog was never really housetrained...and I had one boy who was never really housetrained. My current dog is a boy, a real sweetie who was very easy to housebreak. I think the dog's temperament is more important than gender - and how you relate to dogs. I'm not a really good alpha person and I do better with a dog who is not alpha. They all have their own personalities, just like people.



answers from Medford on

We have 2 boxers, a sister and brother, and I would say the boy is more mellow and the girl more feisty. BUT the boy is neutered, so not sure if that has something to do with it.

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