Male & Female Dogs: Key Personality Differences

Are there behavioral differences between male and female dogs for instance?

Which is the moodier or happier sex?

Which of them is easier to train?

This topic is a bit dicey, but we have pulled out a few distinct personality differences between both sexes.

The Happier Vs Moodier Sex

Although this is no scientifically proven fact, it has been noted that male dogs are generally more carefree than their female counterparts, and are less prone to ‘mood swings’. The happy-go-lucky male dogs are more likely to hover around you in excitement, and are sometimes sloppier; as opposed to the females who can be happy one minute and sulky, another.

Affectionate Vs Cold

In the same wise, since the female dogs tend towards being moody, they are more likely to show affection in clearer terms (when they are happy) than male dogs, and are likely to be consistently affectionate; hence trustworthy. However, the affection of a female dog is likely to be in response to your attitude- you show them affection, pet them lovingly enough times and they reciprocate by showering you with love.

Male dogs are more willing to challenge your authority, unemotional in their overall approach and can be quite pushy- especially if they sense the need to establish dominance and desirability in the presence of a female dog in heat

The Cognate Vs the Klutz (Sharp or Dumb?)

    Well, this point has some scientific backing. You can actually prove that certain dogs are smarter!

    According to research, when a cognitive visual test was performed on 50 dogs, female dogs were noted to have superior cognitive skills to their male counterparts; clearly showing stronger visual tracking abilities. 

    However, another angle through which this trait can be viewed, can be that the female dogs developed this trait as a result of evolutionary needs to keep track of their puppies- who smell mostly the same. Male dogs, who are generally not in charge of caring for or nursing the puppies, tend to be more scent-oriented and make for good trail/track companions.  

    Breed over Sex

    One crucial feature which determines a male or female dog’s behavior is their breed. All dog lovers know that dogs of a certain breed are more aggressive than certain others; and a female member of an aggressive breed family might be more assertive than a male member of a more docile, loving breed.

    In line with the above, Rottweiler tends to have sweet, enchanting female dogs. Shetland Sheepdogs are noted for more welcoming, extroverted males; while Golden Retrievers are said to be similar- regardless of the sex of the dog!

    Therefore, you shouldn’t overlook the breed of a dog when making your choice.

    Nurture over Nature

    As with humans, there are more factors to take into place than nature, when choosing a dog. Your dog training skills are very important to the overall development of your dog.

    Properly bring up that dog, nurturing him or her by giving positive feedback for traits you love, and negative feedback for traits you’d rather not have in that dog.

    As a dog parent, your role is to provide guidance and shape that companion into your very best! It doesn't matter which sex you choose. The right pet care is what matters Spend with your dog as much time as possible, train them a take care of their health and appearance. You can turn home grooming into fun, and a dog shedding brush can make it a lot easier for you. 


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    Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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