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Male vs. Female
|As long as I can remember I
have always been told that a female puppy or dog is the way to go. They
said that females are a lot “sweeter” than males, they did not have any
bad habits and they just make better family pets. While I was growing up
my family always picked a female dog and paid more for it. While looking
at the litter I was always told make sure you pick a girl. It was not until
I purchased a male did I realize the myth was TOTALLY WRONG.
My family was so surprised when they saw the wonderful personality of the
male Cocker Spaniel.
From personal experience and from speaking with families that have purchased male puppies from me I have found the following to be true. As far as physical differences go we all know the male/female anatomy is different. Usually males will be a little larger than the females but only about 1 to 2 inches in height and 3 to 5 pounds heavier. But, this is not always true, our Striker is just 14 lbs., Bo weighs 16 lbs & both Raptor & Lync weigh 18lbs. I have some females that weigh close to 20 lbs. & then others weigh right around the 15-16 lbs. For the most part you will find it hard telling the difference of size between the two without looking closely.
When you neuter your male puppy before he starts to develop those "bad" traits (around 9 months old, though it could start as early as 4 months) he will not develop those "bad" traits that give the male dog a bad rap. For instance, he will not feel the need to hike his leg, hump or mark his territory. In fact most all males when neutered as puppies will squat just like their opposites and never lift a leg. He also will not feel the need to chase females in heat while he is out for his daily walk. We recommend neutering your dog as early as 4 months - ask your veterinarian. Believe it or not a female puppy will actually hump more then a male puppy, this is actually a puppy thing early on, some puppies go through it & others do not. If your puppy does this they will stop either on their own or once they have been spayed or neutered. A female puppy when spayed will loose a lot of her “bad” traits too. You should have her spayed between 4-6 months old. You really should have her spayed before she reaches her 1st heat cycle (around 7 months old). Once you spay her she will not have a heat cycle every 6 months and bring the mess that comes along with it. A female in heat can be very moody & you will not have to deal with this once she is spayed.
Now as far as attitudes go both are very loving and always
ready to please, just as a Cocker Spaniel should be. :) But
one has the other beat hands down. After raising Cocker Spaniels
and having both males and females I have found a difference in their demeanor.
If I had to choose between the two, which I hope will never happen, I would
pick a male dog every time.
A couple of other things to consider is the cost of neutering is usually lower than spaying because the surgery is usually considered to be an easer procedure with a quicker recovery time. Spaying a female is a little more extensive because they are removing the uterus, this is why the cost is usually more & the female does not bounce back quite as fast as the male. Also the price is often lower for a male puppy compared to a female. The reason being is to give people an extra incentive to buy the male due to the misconception that the female makes a better pet. I personally would pay more for the male characteristics if that were the case. :)
These were just a few thoughts on the subject and if you
had your mind set on a female only, hopefully this has opened your eyes
that a male puppy just might be what your looking for. 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 is a Cocker Spaniel you can’t go wrong. Just keep in mind every
dog, male or female has it’s own personality & is unique in every way.
The differences that you see should not be based on the gender, male or
female. The differences that you should be looking at should be based on
the litter as a whole. When looking at the litter you may see one
puppy in a litter that is more outgoing, the 1st one to check out a new
situation & the 1st one to figure things out. Then in the same
litter you may see one that may be a bit more reserved & tends to be
more cautious when checking out a new situation. Sometimes
this is very hard for a common person to look at the litter & be able
to tell the personality developing, that is where the breeder comes in,
it is very important to accept any advise that the breeder is giving you
& weigh all aspects. Lets face it, who knows the puppies best
besides their mother, yes the breeder. I spend every day with my
dogs giving them all attention. I know what each one of my dogs like
& what they do not like. Every one of my dogs has a different
personality, some may be very similar but each one is unique. When
we have a litter I spend many, many hours each day with the mother &
her puppies. I at least spend 2 hours a day just sitting & watching
the puppies, observing who is the 1st to nurse, who is the last, how they
sleep & where they sleep. Of course as they get older I have
other observations as well but this way I know my puppies (each & every
one). We love every one of our Cocker Spaniels and they are equally
spoiled, although the males seem to enjoy the attention a little more in
our Cocker home. :)