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Should You Get A Male Or Female Dog?

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Some people prefer having one particular gender of dog. They might have grown up with either male or female dogs, or simply prefer the traits of one or the other. There are pros and cons to having both male and female dogs, and often it comes down to your personal preferences. Dogs and bitches can have different personality and behavioural traits, it’s difficult to understand the difference until you have owned both

Sometimes owners have to choose a dog or a bitch specifically because their current dog only gets on with a specific gender. It’s important to note that this is very general information and every dog is different. Although dogs and bitches are more likely to display certain traits, it doesn’t apply for all dogs.

Everyone knows the age old saying ‘If you want a good dog, get a male. If you want a great dog, get a female and cross your fingers.’, but it’s difficult to prove whether or not it rings true. Dogs have only recently become a serious animal to study from a scientific perspective, and there isn’t a great deal of research specifically on gender.

Breeders will probably tell you that there is a bigger difference between the personalities in different dogs than there is between the sexes. Don’t get sucked into gender stereotypes too much, it’s more about whether an individual dog is a good fit for you rather than whether they are a bitch or a dog.

If you are wondering what genders to pair together sex is important, but the personality of the dogs will be the main factor as to whether they get on. Generally speaking, more problems can arise with same sex pairings, but this is not always the case. If you end up getting a dog and a bitch, nearly always, the bitch ends up ruling the house.

If you are having a tough time deciding then here are the main (extremely generalized) traits of both male and female dogs.


  • Can be more reliant of human attention/more affectionate
  • Urinate a lot more than females
  • Can remain juvenile for longer
  • More likely to run off
  • Less focused
  • Can do better in some dog competitions
  • Usually larger and have more energy


  • Can be more independent
  • Urinate a lot less than males
  • Are less easily distracted
  • Can reach maturity faster
  • Give affection on their terms
  • Usually smaller than males
  • Easier to house train

Dealing With Moody Female Dogs

It’s fair to say that all dogs are different, and temperament varies significantly from dog to dog. But if you’ve owned a few female dogs, you might find they, just like us humans can occasionally be a little moody

Perhaps their hormones might be a little out of sync, or they can occasionally just be a little more complicated to figure out than their male counterparts. A sweeping generalisation of female dogs is that they can be more aloof, independent, stubborn and less needy than some male dogs are. But there are exceptions to the rule!

Male dogs know how to throw a good strop when they don’t get their way too! If your female is often a little bad tempered and you notice they seem to have days where they’re less than impressed with life, don’t fret. There are some things you can do to help.

Give her space

If your female dog is taking herself off in what you can only describe as a ‘huff’, then let her. Probably the worst thing you can do is start to fuss over her too much. She might just need a little time to herself to chill out a bit. Give her some space and she’ll hopefully come around when she’s ready.

Distractions can help

If she’s up for a healthy distraction then get some Toys out and have a good play together. She might simply want a bit of your time, and to let off some steam by running around with her toys. Or a great distraction is to go out on a walk, this will get rid of excess energy and help keep her mind occupied on all the sights and smells.

There could be an underlying reason

If your female dog has always been a little moody every now and then, then there’s no cause for alarm. But, if she suddenly changes her temperament and behaves out of character, it’s always best to seek veterinary advice. Dogs will often act differently if they are uncomfortable or in pain - so head down to your vet to check for any underlying conditions.

Make sure it’s not you that’s moody

Female dogs especially can be very sensitive to your moods. It might not be your dog that’s causing an atmosphere in your home - they might be absorbing negative energy from you. So do be aware of how you’re acting and behaving around them. If you’re stressed, they may also feel stressed. Your dog might not be moody she may just be concerned for you.

Remember we all have off days

Cut your female pooch some slack. Humans have bad days, and so do our canine counterparts. If you let her ride out her mood - the chances are she’ll be back to her normal self in a day or so. As long as she’s not acting out or being aggressive in any way, then you can just give her the time she needs to feel better again.


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