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Males VS. Females
Male or Female, Which is Right for Me?

Traditionally many people consider purchasing a pup by gender only.  However, choosing by gender alone is not making a well informed choice and the information below was created to assist you with a well educated and best intentioned decision. Pets are chosen for many different reasons and to fit into many different types of lifestyles. Take a minute and think about the reason you want a new pet. Is it to have companionship? To add another pet to your family? Deciding this factor before you start looking for a new member of the family is  an important step and one that you should take your time with. The descriptions below will help you along and help you learn a little about males versus females and the traditional temperament, attitude and generalizations each gender has. Make sure you choose wisely, so you and your new pup are  a perfect fit for each other! 

Female Puppies and Dogs
Traditionally females have been portrayed as being a better family pet. This is a myth and antiquated information that has been integrated into our society. 
In wolf packs, female dogs are usually the alpha dogs, or leaders of the pack.  Many times dog fights are between two females, fighting for the top position.  They can display moodiness, aloofness and independence. Female urine as  compared to male urine contains more ammonia, which can burn lawns and has a more pungent odor. They can also tend to submissive urination when excited, even when spayed. Females tend to ask for affection when they require it and then generally go about their day, they simply are not very needy’. This is not to say that all females will act in this manner, many female dogs are submissive and very loving and fit into a family quite nicely. Females can take to training easier and they can display a more patient nature during the process. However, the fact remains that a female dog can be more  independent, it is her nature. If you choose a female, be prepared to become her unequivocal leader, so she can relax and not worry about being the leader of your pack! If your choice is a female puppy, in order to create the most loving and healthy pet, please spay her before her first heat, usually around six months.  Letting your dog come in and out of heat without breeding starts a negative cycle of elevated hormones that can cause her to become moody and crabby.  Also, it is a scientific fact that females spayed before their first heat have a dramatically reduced chance of developing gender related cancers. This will also serve to keep her from experiencing hormonal imbalances and associated bleeding. If a happy pet is what you seek or a companion animal, please take this advice to heart. It will pay off immediately!
Male Puppies and Dogs
Traditionally, male dogs have gotten a bad rap from our society. They are portrayed as hard to train, constantly marking their territory by hiking their leg, humping anything and instigating dog fights. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Males that are neutered early in life, (six months or less) make the best pet for a  family with young children or older adults. They are more committed to the family, they are easier to potty train and seek out love and attention. The number one biggest mistake of male dog owners is not neutering their pet. Experience has shown that men are the most adverse to neutering their pets, for obvious reasons. If you are not going to breed your dog regularly, he needs to be NEUTERED or he will be in constant torture! If you do breed your dog regularly he will mark his territory, he will hump anything and he will be more excitable than a neutered male dog. Why are un-neutered and neutered male dogs so different? A dog has approximately 2 million more olfactory sensors than a human. As humans we can distinguish very few smells. Humans operate on visual, hearing and smelling in that order. Dogs are born with their nose working first, then their eyes opening and then their ears opening. Nose,eyes, ears. For example, humans can smell hamburgers grilling on a BBQ. The same experience for a dog involves smelling the bread, the condiments, the 
hamburger, the pickle, the tomato, the chips…every single ingredient of that 
burger! That is why dog are employed for drug sniffing, bomb searching and 
they even have dogs that that have been trained to sniff for changes in humans and detect cancer cells! Now, imagine you have a male dog, about one year old. This dog has not been neutered and has large amounts of testosterone running through his  system and a female dog in heat is nearby. Can you imagine the frustration  and excitement created for this dog with no outlet for him to pursue? This dog can then be labeled, aggressive, un-trainable and excitable (and yes he will mark his territory) when his reaction is simply nature taking its course. As you can see, taking action with a male puppy early and having him neutered is  in everyone’s best interest. It will make him a calm and in better control of himself and you will be a much happier owner. Please consider a male puppy, they make really great and loyal pets. If you do choose one, please get him neutered right away. He will thank you for giving him a life of peace and calmness!

What ever you decide to do, make sure you choose a pet that will fit your lifestyle and energy level.  Poodles are active yet can be laid back, happy by nature, eager to please and make fantastic family and companion pets. They most often have a wonderful temperament, they are easily trained and always ready to play! They naturally are loyal and love to be spoiled! As a breed, they can make a well rounded family pet.