Male or female?
Let's look at male dogs first
SPEAKING GENERALLY about male dogs...
- Male dogs tend to be more stable in mood than female dogs -- less prone to emotional swings.
- Some male dogs are bolder and more aggressive than females, while other males are "goofy" and "klutzy" -- "big softies" and "good ol' boys".
- Male dogs have genitals that are easy to see. When you roll them over to rub their belly, there's -- how shall I say this? -- "something in the way". Some owners feel self-conscious about that. Male dogs may also become aroused and/or lick their private parts, and again, some owners find this embarrassing, especially if Grandma happens to be visiting.
Right now let's look at female dogs
SPEAKING GENERALLY about female dogs...
- Females are more prone to mood swings and emotional theatrics. Females can be very sweet and loving when they're happy -- but grumpy if something isn't to their liking. Female dogs are experts at The Dirty Look and The Sulk.
- Female dogs are less likely than males to be openly defiant or to engage in blunt power struggles with you -- but they are opinionated and often manipulative.
- Female dogs squat to urinate, so they pee more neatly and unobtrusively than male dogs. Some dominant females, however, DO make a credible attempt to lift their leg -- these female dogs will often mark territory much like a male. If you own multiple dogs, a dominant female may scout around sniffing for places where the other dogs have peed, so she can "cover" it with her own scent.