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Three months ago I had to have my thirteen year old doggie euthanised due to kidney failure.  I loved my old doggie dearly as I have all the other female dogs of various pedigrees over my entire (long) life.

 

Due to my/our age, our next dog will be our last one.  We know which breed we want and I have my name on a list with three reputable breeders.  I’m not on the beginning of the list with any of them and so may have to accept a male puppy rather than my first preference of a female.  Whichever sex we end up with will be neutered and taken to puppy class and obedience class and socialised as much as possible in a small remote village and will enjoy a good, happy life as part of our family.

 

Although I have googled both topics, I would love some feedback please -

1.  If you have had companion dogs of both sexes, what do you see as the personality differences between male and female?

 

2.  A slightly ‘delicate’ question - is it normal for a neutered male dog to have a penile discharge.  Given that I kept my dog clean and was non-shedding, I did allow her on my bed, knee etc - is this likely to be less ‘pleasant’ if we accept a male dog?  (Hope I don’t offend anyone with this question).

 

Thank you in advance for any replies.

 

 

 

 

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Always, incl the fosters, wherever I go the boys follow me and even wait while I have a shower. So I have a couple of beds in the bathroom. :) Girls seem to need to know what you're doing, make sure you're ok, then go wait where they are most comfy. :laugh: 

Same chance of discharge unless you are letting her come into season, virtually nil in a desexed pet to what I've noticed though.

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36 minutes ago, Papillon Kisses said:

I’ve never ever seen discharge in my desexed male dogs.

Me either. And as a long time dog owner who used to only have females I am now very much on the side of the boys!

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I've really only owned 2 male dogs - both Rottweilers, and both intact. Never had any discharge issues with either of them, even if one of my females was in season.Both boys were useless as "guard" dogs, as they were really soft natured... they left the protection of the house and yard to the girls... lol!

 

All my female dogs, pedigreed and mixed breed, intact or desexed, have been more headstrong and "alert" than my boys... even amongst the multitude of foster pups I've had over the years - boys were definitely more even tempered.

 

I currently have a female dog, and when she leaves me, my next dog will definitely be a male...

 

T.

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It's funny - I've always wanted females - and ended up with boys , who have been marvellous ...much more even-tempered. snd 'cuddlier' . :) At present I have 3 entire boys- not lap dogs ,they are too big! but very rarely notice any discharge from them either.  

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6 hours ago, Dogsfevr said:

I find males more loving and both sexes get discharge 

 

6 hours ago, Dogsfevr said:

I find males more loving and both sexes get discharge 

Thank you for your reply and a vote for males! I’ve never noticed a discharge in my females hence my question.  

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6 hours ago, Powerlegs said:

Always, incl the fosters, wherever I go the boys follow me and even wait while I have a shower. So I have a couple of beds in the bathroom. :) Girls seem to need to know what you're doing, make sure you're ok, then go wait where they are most comfy. :laugh: 

Same chance of discharge unless you are letting her come into season, virtually nil in a desexed pet to what I've noticed though.

Thanks for your comments about your boys and girls.  Reassuring about the discharge.

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I find more overlap than difference in males and females, tho' it depends where on the spectrum they fall.

 

The main differences I find is the girls are the ones who like to say what happens and a little more passionate? about things. Any generalizations tho' are pretty unreliable to depend on!

 

Discharge has rarely been an issue here in either. ( barring  females in season) 

 

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21 hours ago, Rebanne said:

Me either. And as a long time dog owner who used to only have females I am now very much on the side of the boys!

Thanks for your reply.  Your comment is interesting - why the change from girls - if you have time to answer, will be interested to hear.

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20 hours ago, tdierikx said:

I've really only owned 2 male dogs - both Rottweilers, and both intact. Never had any discharge issues with either of them, even if one of my females was in season.Both boys were useless as "guard" dogs, as they were really soft natured... they left the protection of the house and yard to the girls... lol!

 

All my female dogs, pedigreed and mixed breed, intact or desexed, have been more headstrong and "alert" than my boys... even amongst the multitude of foster pups I've had over the years - boys were definitely more even tempered.

 

I currently have a female dog, and when she leaves me, my next dog will definitely be a male...

 

T.

Thank you for your reply - your examples of girls and boy dogs are very interesting and reassuring if I am offered a boy puppy.

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19 hours ago, persephone said:

It's funny - I've always wanted females - and ended up with boys , who have been marvellous ...much more even-tempered. snd 'cuddlier' . :) At present I have 3 entire boys- not lap dogs ,they are too big! but very rarely notice any discharge from them either.  

Thank you for your reply and info about your male dogs.  I am certainly feeling much more reassured.

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14 hours ago, moosmum said:

I find more overlap than difference in males and females, tho' it depends where on the spectrum they fall.

 

The main differences I find is the girls are the ones who like to say what happens and a little more passionate? about things. Any generalizations tho' are pretty unreliable to depend on!

 

Discharge has rarely been an issue here in either. ( barring  females in season) 

 

Thanks for your reply, it made me smile!  I’m starting to agree re overlap and am thinking that the nurturing and ‘upbringing ‘ is really what counts rather than the actual sex especially when they are neutered.

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50 minutes ago, Juliejoyful said:

Thanks for your reply.  Your comment is interesting - why the change from girls - if you have time to answer, will be interested to hear.

Well I changed breeds as well around the same time. I only had female German Shepherds but my first 2 Greyhounds were males. I have both male and female greys nowadays and the boys are just ......... special. I mean one of my current girls is the sweetest thing ever and the other is a real Mummy's girl but my boy is different. As I am no longer breeding them I would be looking for another boy if/when I want another dog.

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On 12/09/2021 at 1:51 PM, Rebanne said:

Well I changed breeds as well around the same time. I only had female German Shepherds but my first 2 Greyhounds were males. I have both male and female greys nowadays and the boys are just ......... special. I mean one of my current girls is the sweetest thing ever and the other is a real Mummy's girl but my boy is different. As I am no longer breeding them I would be looking for another boy if/when I want another dog.

Thank you for your your further reply.  Ironically, after posting my questions, to my utter surprise and delight I was rung on Sunday night with an offer of a girl puppy.  Still my preferred choice, but I was very reassured by all the replies that I would enjoy a boy puppy too.  

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9 minutes ago, Juliejoyful said:

to my utter surprise and delight I was rung on Sunday night with an offer of a girl puppy.

That's terrific news! I hope you and the new addition will have many happy years together!! 

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