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What’s Your Dog Preference? Boys or Girls?


The other day, a friend and I were walking around the dog park and discussing her search for a dog. She was looking to adopt a dog and had been researching it for quite some time. During our discussion, she mentioned that her husband only wanted a girl dog. Curious, I asked her why. I can’t remember the exact reasoning, but it made me wonder if I had a gender preference when it came to dogs.

The first dog my family ever had was a boy. He was a terrier-poodle mix named Teaco. My mother and dad got him when we were so young that we never really thought about gender. Our second dog was my Sheltie, Alicia. She was the runt of the litter and I brought her home to make sure she got enough food. I don’t think I ever thought about whether she was a boy or girl. I was more concerned with her health. It was while I was caring for her that I fell in love with her.

Since then, most of my dogs have been girls and I have no idea why this is the case. I never thought I had a preference for boy or girl dogs before this conversation, but now I wonder. Did I really have a preference and just never realized it before? Or, did I simply end up with more girls by chance? Jasper is a boy and I never considered not adopting him because he was a boy. So maybe it’s chance that I have had more girls than boys? Does gender really play a role in my preferences?

So what about you? Do you have a gender preference when it comes to choosing your pet? And if so, what things played into your decision to choose a boy over a girl?

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  1. JuliedP
    January 12, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    I remember before we got Frasier, our first Sheltie, I wanted a girl because of that thing – well, you know. Now I couldn’t care less what the gender is – I guess I think it’s God’s will what we get.

    • Mel
      January 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Isn’t that funny how getting the opposite of what we thought we wanted changes things?

  2. January 12, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Until Georgia came along, ALL the dogs in my life (except 1, a boxer named Shandy) were boys. I remember not being too happy that Georgia was a girl but she was Rufus’s choice.
    I’m not sure why I had this preference.

    We’ve since discovered, through Georgia and by chatting with other girldog owners, that girls can be more of a handful than boys!

    Of course we love her to bits now. I don’t think we’ll have a preference next time round, thanks to her.

  3. January 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    In the past I’ve leaned toward girl dogs because they tend to be a little smaller than males. Of course, I now have two boy dogs and love them to death. I don’t think I’ll have a preference in the future.

  4. January 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    GIRLS. Boy dogs have to pee on every single thing they pass by when out walking. I can’t STAND it! A girl pees and is DONE with it!

    ‘Course it could just be a quirk of Our Best Friend…

    • starbail
      January 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Our female marks way more then our boys. Funny.

  5. January 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Funny, it’s always seemed to me that most people choose dogs of their opposite gender. I have – well, except for the part that most of my dogs weren’t deliberately chosen, they just came along ;-D

  6. January 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Always said I’d never have a boy again after having a very challenging male foster…and here I am with THREE boys!! lol

  7. January 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Haha great post! I have one of each – boys can be annoying with the peeing everywhere and jostling with other boys, girls are great because they pee once and are done, but if you have more than one female interbitch aggression is a possibility and nearly impossible to remedy. And girls tend to be dirtier fighters, in my experience. Not sure that I have a preference!

  8. January 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Found your blog through the blog hop!

    I’ve never had a preference for gender because I’m going to get them fixed either way. We have a boy basenji right now, but will probably get a girl doggie next to avoid aggression issues, although I doubt he would ever be aggressive with a sibling. (The real reason is I’m outnumbered by males right now with my husband, cat, and dog! So I need another lady in the house.)

  9. Jan
    January 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I have mostly had girl dogs. The territory marking thing gets very annoying on walks. I don’t see how they can come up with so much water in their bodies.

  10. January 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Good question, Mel. It ties in well with my own ideas about canine gender theory. Personally, I have no preference. I’ve only lived with female dogs but that was not on purpose. Actually, my parents had wanted a male husky but ended up with a female because the male became ill. Shiva just happened to be female but I am sure I still would have wanted to meet her at the shelter if she’d been male.

    Some trainers I know do have decided preferences. They feel females are more intelligent or males are easier companions. Since I haven’t the opportunity, it may be too early for me to say. Perhaps my next dog should be a boy so I will have something to compare with.

  11. January 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I don’t think I had a preference before getting Pearl, but if I were to add a dog to the household I would rather have a male just because I hear it is easier for two dogs of the opposite sex to get along. I would want to make sure a male dog I adopted wasn’t a big humper though, although females can also do this (Pearl totally tried to hump my sister’s male dog the whole time we were visiting over the holidays)

  12. January 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I grew up with both boy and girl dogs. Right now I have 2 miniature dachshunds – one boy, one girl. I definitely see the merits in each gender…. The boys tend to be cuddlier, more laid back, but more vocal. The girls tend to be the alpha but otherwise quieter. Because I do keep both genders at the same time, I’ve never had a boy that lifts his leg -they squat like the girls!

  13. January 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    When we first went looking for a second dog, we planned on getting a female because we knew our male Aussie got along with female dogs (the roomies had one) and because we had also heard that dogs did bessed in mixed gender pairs. And then we fell in love with Smokey.
    As an adult, I have now had 3 males and 1 female. I will say, my one girl has been the most challenging, but that’s probably because we got her at a younger age than the other dogs (6 months vs 9months-3 years) and because she’s a Beagle.
    We don’t really have gender preferences because we do have other requirements, and it would be silly to reject a dog who met those requirements (likes us, likes the other dog) just because of gender.

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      How interesting Shanendoah. I wonder if most of out preconceived notions about having one of each gender is better is wrong. Hmm…
      BTW – I like your requirements better. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • January 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        I honestly can’t remember how Moree behaved when we first met him, but with Smokey, he ignored all the toys in the meeting pen, all the scents and sounds and instead sat next to me and placed his head on my lap. From that second he was my dog.
        With June, she had the option to sleep on a pet bed (she was 6 months old at the time) or on us- she crawled into C’s lap and curled. She’s been his dog ever since.
        When we lost Smokey, we didn’t even think about gender. The first two dogs we met were female, but neither had any interest in us, except for maybe getting a treat. Larry liked the treats, but once they were gone, he stayed next to us sniffing and looking for attention.
        And that’s really become our first requirement- when we meet the dog, the dog has to be as interested in us as in their surroundings. This may not be a requirement for anyone else, but it works for what we’re looking for.
        And as long as the dogs don’t fight fight when first introduced, we’ve found the bonding comes.

  14. Cindy
    January 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I LOVE them both. Boys seem to want to cuddle longer.

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      I have noticed that with Jasper and Lady. Although Lady is much more cuddly than she was before her little adventure, I have to say Jasper is my cuddle bun.

  15. Jen
    January 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I have always had boy dogs. Always! and I have no idea why, However, we have already made the decision that our next dog will be a girl so maybe then I will be able to better compare them!

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      I will be interested to find out what you think when you get the girl. I love boy dogs and girl dogs. I guess for me it’s all about the personality. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. January 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    I don’t have a preference, but we have always matched up our dogs as boy-girl. Our first dog was a boy, so the second was a girl and so on. So I guess to answer your question we like one of each, or as in our case, 3 of each! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      In your case, you have plenty of experience! I may end up doing the same thing. Jasper prefers the girls. He gets snarky with the boys, unless a friend, and will let the girls knock him over and do almost anything to him. He think he’s some sort of Casanova, but I think he’s just a sucker for a good woman. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. January 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Hmmm, that’s a good question. For whatever reason, we always had girls until H.O. came along. I didn’t fancy him much until he was neutered and he calmed down a lot. We got Dexter because it seemed logical to get a boy since we already have a girl. As it turns out, Dexter is 10 times a bigger suck than Jersey ever was! We’ll see what happens as he sexually matures.

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      LOL! I’m guessing either way, you will know more about boy/girl preferences in a few years.

  18. January 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I’ve always preferred the girls! Not that I don’t love the big, goofy boys, but I love the girls and their diva ways. That being said, we chose a male puppy for my husband’s Search and Rescue dog because we were told by a lot of people that the males have a better work ethic and are easier to train for your first time. We’ll see if “they” were all right! lol

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      So funny. I haven’t had the fun of a diva girl dog yet. Correction. I am getting my first chance to experience a diva dog. Lady is definitely a diva and I have to admit, I love it too. I will be interested to see if you change your mind about having a boy as time goes on. BTW – I have heard that the police also prefer male dogs for their K9 units because females tend to focus on protecting the handler more when they are in a serious or dangerous situation. I don’t know if it’s true or just an old wive’s tale, but I found it interesting that SAR also recommended a boy. I look forward to reading more about Kuster and his training as he gets older. Right now I just like his puppy cuteness (and Bunny’s desire to get rid of him) best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. January 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    My hubby and I have always said “boy cats, girl dogs” – but now we have 2 girl kitties that we just absolutely love (previously we thought that boy cats were more lovable – I’m not sure why – our girls are love bugs!). We aren’t fans of the boy dogs peeing on everything or the “lipstick” – yuck! But as a dog walker many of my most favorite dogs were boys.

    • Mel
      January 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      How funny Jules. I have always thought the same thing about cats too. I am glad to hear that is not necessarily the case. Both my boy cats were lovers.
      It’s so funny to read about all the marking that people have seen boy dogs do. Jasper is not much of a marker, so I guess I have been lucky. About the only thing he likes to do is pee on top of the spot Daisy pees. I think he’s claiming her as his own. Goofy boy.

  20. Martie
    January 13, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    I’ve also said “boy cats, girl dogs”. Growing up we had a girl dog because my mother said girls were better at not having accidents in the house. It was true with Susie as she never peed in the house even when we were gone all day. She was also trained not to cross the threshold from the kitchen…no gate or other barriers, and she would stop at the threshold and not cross it (unless of course my parents weren’t home and I coaxed her to my room). I’ve had boy dogs but I always “choose” girls dogs when given the chance. Probably the primary reason is that I fear accidentally coming in contact with a penis. The majority of my boy cats have been more affectionate than my girls, but there were a couple of exceptions.

  21. January 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    My parents always had a preference for girls… however, we did inherit one male dog along the way, and my dad has a male dog now. I think I inherited the preference for female dogs, but I can’t quite articulate why. I think I tend to gravitate towards girls, but I don’t know if that preference will continue in the future.

  22. January 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I have to say I have a strong preference for girl dogs. I find them smarter, more caring, more delicate and more sophisticated. Boy dogs I know are egocentric and sloppy LOL

  23. January 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I am going to have to go with girl dogs. There are no … obstacles … when giving them belly rubs.

  24. January 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Growing up I had both male and female dogs. I never gave much thought as to the dogs gender because, as a kid, I just never really thought about it. It was more how the dog interacted with me. Right now my Australian Shepherd – Blue Merle is female. She’s 5 and is the best thing ever! She is strictly an indoor dog, only going out to do her business or play with our 9-year-old daughter. For me, it’s more about personality than gender. I would like our next Aussie to be male, but ultimately I would say it all depends on the dog, what it looks like and it’s personality. So, I’d say for me, gender is a non-issue.

  25. January 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Mel :
    I will be interested to find out what you think when you get the girl. I love boy dogs and girl dogs. I guess for me itโ€™s all about the personality.

    Mel – to me it is all about the personality and therefore, gender is a non-issue.

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