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    With many years of experience, we agree with the information posted
    below and appreciate the opportunity to share this insight with our
    Shortiejacks visitors.

    Choosing your pup......Male versus Female   

    Most puppy buyers have a personal preference when making the choice
    between male verses a female puppy! Many behavioral characteristics are
    more common in males while other characteristics are more common in the
    females. Evaluating characteristics may be helpful in determining which sex
    best suits your lifestyle.
    The following characteristics often apply to females:
    1) Reserved: Females take life more seriously and learn faster, however they tend to be busier compared to the males.
    If you notice this in the puppies, it may increase with age. Often, they prefer & respect their special person and tolerate others.
    2) Independent: Females prefer to be in control. They may come to their owner but may leave when they have had enough attention.
    3) Stubborn:  A female is typically the ALPHA of their pack. They desire to control most situations and may respond to perceived
    4) Territorial: Like males, a female (in tact or spayed) may mark their territory.
    5) Protective: Females are more protective of their home or (from their canine perspective) their den.
    6) Behavior and mood changes: Females start cycling around 6 months of age, and twice yearly thereafter. Their hormones increase
    during their heat cycle and their behavior or moods may be altered. They pass a bloody discharge and odor that attracts intact males.

    The following characteristics often apply to males:
    Keep in mind, these are generalizations and there are exceptions.
    1) Affectionate: Male dogs are typically more affectionate than females. They tend to crave more attention from their owners
    (more than the females do) and share more affectionate behaviors with their family members.
    2) Attentive: Males tend to be more focused on their human companions, while the females tend to be a bit more independent.
    They are eager to please and prefer to remain close to their special person.
    3) Food Motivated: Males tend to be more food motivated which makes training easier.
    4) Exuberant: Male dogs maintain a fun loving and puppy like exuberance throughout their life.
    5) Aggressive behaviors: Intact males may display aggressive behaviors toward other males and exhibit marking behaviors.
    It is a known fact that the neutered males are more loyal, make better pets and are easier to obedience train.
    6) Protective: Males are more protective of their yard (from their canine perspective) their territory. Most of them like to patrol
    something they perceive as theirs, they will mark over it.

    If you already have a dog and are considering adding a new dog or puppy to your pack:
    Adding a dog of the opposite sex is generally the best choice. Dogs of the same sex are more likely to challenge each other,
    than dogs of the opposite sex.
    1) If you already have a male dog, he will likely be more accepting of a female, and you will have fewer dominance issues
    if you add a female to your pack. However if you decide to add another male to your pack, they can peacefully co-exist with your
    guidance. It is important to closely monitor their interactions from the very beginning. Never allow aggressive behavior from either dog.
    For long term peace of mind, it's highly recommended to  neuter both males.
    2) If you already have a female dog, she will likely be more accepting of a male. Most males tend to be more submissive.
    If he does not challenge your female, most likely she will not instigate a fight with him. Adding another female to your pack
    may be more challenging (depending on their personalities). The toughest combination is two females because they are more likely to
    fight than a male and a female or two males.

    Many breeders and knowledgeable dog people own many females that coexist together with out conflict, because we maintain the alpha
    position and watch for the slightest signs of discontent. Our females have established and accepted their pack hierarchy and we reinforce
    it. Whether you choose a male or a female, is your personal preference.

    The characteristics listed above are generalizations and do not apply to every dog. There are many variables that modify behavior.
    Depending on the birth order, many male puppies display female characteristics and many female puppies display male characteristics.

    Please Take Note:
    Spayed females and neutered males are less likely to exhibit the (gender specific) behavior issues and disrupt your
    canine pack. Spaying and neutering also eliminates territorial marking.
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