Which is better, boys or girls? Not to drag you back to your epic third grade playground debate with Jimmy Bemmelman, but when it comes to choosing the right dog for you, gender is something to consider. And while Beyoncé has firmly established that girls “run the world” (take that, Jimmy), a dog of either gender will run your household in different ways, though gender is likely to play a smaller characteristic role than breed. Let’s break it down, starting with a couple of big, fat disclaimers:
The following consists of anecdotal observations from dog owners. (Basically we’re talking stereotypes here.) So, while there are some patterns, nothing is set in stone. [Deleted questionable stereotype joke.]
The biggest influence on your dog’s behavior will be the environment you create and your own consistency, so don’t be putting your bad behavior on the dog. Got it? That’s all you, Mr/Mrs. Leaves Open Snack Containers on the Coffee Table.
Okay, here it goes:
"Unspayed females are generally moodier than unneutered males. Although males tend to be more constant in temperament, they can be annoying in their constant pursuit of such male-dog activities as sex, leg-lifting, and territory protection. (Some would say constancy isn’t a positive trait in these cases, and argue that some unneutered males aren’t just constant, but constantly annoying.)"
One last word of advice: gender differences are easy to anthropomorphize. As in, you are likely to notice and confirm all of the ideas you have already about human gender and project them onto your dog. So, if you’ve been holding a grudge toward all males since Jimmy Bemmelman, it should be taken into account. Also, work on your issues. It’s time.
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