Today it is a technical and not at all passionate subject, but it is one of the questions that is most often asked of me and it is time to make some clarity.
Let’s start from the assumption that each one of us has already in his or her unconscious his or her preference – and almost always the male human being inclined for the female dog and the female for the male puppy (who knows what it’s like?) – it must be said that we cannot generalize, as the problem varies according to the subject.
It is worth knowing that there are no differences between the sexes in relation to the excitability factor and the tendency to bark or guard.
In the general it can be seen that in males it is more marked
- Aggression towards other dogs of the same sex, although when two females come into conflict they have nothing to envy to the boys…
- The incidence of relational problems with the owners (but when they arise with a female they are more difficult to treat);
- Excessive protection of the territory;
While females have higher levels of
- Ease of being kept at home;
- Patience with children;
Overall, therefore, it could be said that the adoption of a female gives rise to fewer problems of cohabitation.
On the contrary, however, it must be known that if you create competition between two females who live in the same house, it is often more difficult to find a solution to the problem.
Let’s not forget that the female can cause discomfort during the heat due to hygienic problems due to blood loss (even if in the Toy they are very small) and that shortly before and during this period can radically change personality, becoming irritable and very rarely for the Poodle, aggressive.
In short, we must learn that in the period “of her things” we must be understanding.
The “personal experience” factor often influences the choice, i.e. whether the first dog you had was a male, and if the experience was positive, generally does not tend to change sex.
Of course the same goes for the female.
Finally, let’s say that it is good practice, if in the house you already own a dog and want to welcome a second one, choose it of different sex.
Among my Poodles I must say, however, that I do not notice great character and behavioral differences, males, compared to sissies, would seem more cuddly and more tolerant of negative stimuli, females perhaps a little more distrustful of strangers, but I realize that it is difficult, in the context of a breeding where there are numerous specimens that live together, to compare them with those who are the only dogs at home.