Kay's Hilltop Boxers
MALE or FEMALE
The "DOG PACK" world
FEMALES usually rule the roost. They determine the pecking order and who is to maintain and/or alter that order.
The females are more independent, stubborn and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon
exercising their dominance. Most fights will usually break out between two females. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as
they age. And while the female will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. Females are
usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. The
female is less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is
much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate...the next day....reserved and withdrawn. The female
also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed. Seasonal heats can be a month long nightmare....not just for the female, but
you and every male dog in the neighborhood. If you are not breeding, you should consider having her spayed since during this time
she can leave a discharge on carpets, couches, etc. She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside
during this period can become hazardous if male or female dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering males to
follow right to your yard, where they will hang out and 'wait' for days. A male can smell the females scent for up to 3 miles......
MALES on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more demanding of attention. The males are
always waiting for your attention and near at hand. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast,
reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most males are easily
motivated by food and praise, and so eager to please that training is much easier. However, males can be more easily distracted
during training, as males often like to play. And no matter what age, males are more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always
wanting to play games. Males are fun loving until the day they die. Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as
humping, marking and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever
existed) will disappear. Males who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.
Before deciding on Male or Female, give consideration to any other dogs that may be in or around your home. Be a responsible
pet owner and do your homework on dominance and the pecking order....but most importantly, educate yourself on exerting
leadership over your pet(s), especially one with alpha tendencies. Walking your pet daily is the first step to claiming your position as
pack leader. Remind your pet that you are King & Queen of the crib !!!
At Kay's Hilltop Boxers, we recommend educating yourself on alpha puppies and what the future holds if your puppy has
alpha tendencies. It is up to “YOU” the owner, to claim your position as pack leader and never allow your puppy/dog to be the
BOSS!!! Remember, calm/assertive with emphasis on the Calm. Be strong and confident and become the pack leader using positive
energy and consistency. This will create a well balanced, life long, companion.
"Animals follow dominant leaders; they don't follow lovable leaders."