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Dog or Bitch?

Male vs Female - the age old dilemma of which is better

Keep an open mind when selecting your puppy, don't close the door on a puppy because of preconceived notions of its gender, because you may be missing out on the best companion that you could have ever had. Either way you go, male or female, if it's a German Shepherd you can't go wrong. Just keep in mind every dog, male or female has its own personality and is unique in every way. A puppy of either gender will require as much guidance and continuity from you to create the happy confident adult that every GSD has the potential to become.

In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order and who competes to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviours. There IS a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative way-and it refers directly to the behaviours exhibited by the females of the dog world.

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Females will usually come to you for attention and move away when she's had enough. Females are usually less distracted during training, she is more eager to get it over with and get back to her comfy spot. The female is less likely to wage a dominance battle with you, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is mch more prone to mood swings; one day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. Seasonal heats can be a three week long hassle and they happen twice a year! If you are not breeding you'd be best to spey your female to avoid the discharge plus the emotional and moody phases.

There is a reason people utilize the technical dog term of 'bitch' in a negative way - and it refers to the behaviour of the female dog

Males, on the other hand are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by praise, food (how true!!) and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often, and no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of Grandad trying to play catch at age 70, while Grandma quietly observes from the kitchen window.

The male is more likely to wage a dominace battle with you.

Each has their plus and minus side but in every instance your love and guidance will steer them towards becoming a well adjusted sociable pet whom everyone accepts for being exactly who and what they are.

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