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Should I Get a Male or Female Dog?

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Should I Get a Male or Female Dog?

Mystiqview Border Collies - Tracie Thompson

By Tracie Thompson from Mystiqview Border Collies

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This is often a question asked of breeders. Should I get a male or female dog? In truth, either is acceptable. What is more important however is what is the temperament like of the individual animal?

One thing often said to me is “females are cleaner as boys have to mark everything”. In my experience, I do not think this is necessarily so. I have had females who are not clean and will soil crates and bedding and I have had males who are exceptionally clean. With any puppy, proper early toilet training is a must.

There is no difference in the intelligence, cleanliness or trainability of either sex – each animal is unique and will develop its own characteristics according to its genetic inheritance and its environment.

On the whole, males are bigger with heavier bones, and being male can be more dominant and territorial. Females are usually smaller, lighter and in some breeds can have shorter coats.

Neutering any animal will reduce those characteristics related to sex, such as dominance in the males, but will not alter the basic animal. For instance, if the pup barks a lot, jumps on everyone, and chases cars, he will keep doing these things. Of course, if an animal is to be shown, he or she must not be neutered.