Are you a first time dog parent? Are you in the process of deciding which canine sex to take home? If yes is your answer to these questions, here are all the things you need to know about this subject.
More than deciding whether it is better to have a female or a male pup, the better and more logical query is whether you plan to have your pup neutered or spayed. These procedures will spell the difference between the ease of raising a dog of either sex.
Seasoned dog owners agree that intact females are most susceptible to shifts in temperament. This means that they can easily go from friendly and energetic to sullen and lethargic. This is because of their heat cycle.
A female pup’s heat cycle happens for at least two weeks and two times per annum. During this period, your female dog will become interested with a suitable mate. If there’s none to be had, they might grow restless, and worse, escape from the confines of your house.
Perhaps the most inconvenient aspect of these heat cycles, primarily to dog parents, is the fluid and bloody vaginal secretions. If you do not ensure extra caution, it will be your floor or carpet or couch that will suffer.
Another major aspect of a female dog that’s worth noting is their preferred peeing method. As with female humans, female dogs will squat to urinate. If you maintain a grassy yard, this could be a problem, given how exposure to large quantities of pee is not entirely healthy for plant life.
Last but not the least, female dogs sold by breeders or in pet shops are more expensive.
As with male dogs, it’s not all easy breezy either. “Entire” males will want to mark anything they laid their eyes on. They will not discriminate between your couch and the plants in your back yard.
Since male pups urinate by raising one of their hind legs, your grass will be more or less safe from damage. Your shrubs or bushes or pots of flowers, however, will not have the same fate. They might actually die after being chronically marked by your male dog.
Another problematic characteristic of intact males is their level of aggression. They are prone to brawls against their fellow dogs. Worse, they could be aggressive towards humans, such as your visiting friends or family members.
In case your neighbor has a female dog going through her heat cycle, you might want to take that leash out of the drawers and have it attached on your male pup. Why? Because your intact pet will smell the scent of next door’s ready mate.
Should they be disallowed from meeting their potential partner, they might even pull elaborate escapes.
These aforementioned concerns may sound a little discouraging. But that is not the point of this piece. In fact, this is just to argue that there are reliable ways to do away with these concerns, and give you an easier time raising your new pup, whether male or female.
These reliable ways we are referring to are the procedures called neutering and spaying. The former is for male pups while the latter is for females. These will take the headache out of the pet-raising equation.