Male or Female Puppy ?
What are the Main Differences between Male and Female Bulldogs ?
Many myths and legends exist concerning the qualities supposedly inherent to female or male dogs. Being sweet, docile and obedient are traits that depend more on the genealogy, education, training and living conditions of a dog than on his/her being a male or a female. Moreover, typical behavioral differences between female and male dogs are often opposite in bulldogs.
The following characteristics that have been recorded as being typical of female and male bulldogs, respectively, should therefore not account for more than 5 to 10% in your overall decision when selecting a puppy.As one breeder says: "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."
- Contrary to many other dog breeds, the female bulldog is often more friendly and tolerant with other dogs, especially when those are still puppies.
- A male is not necessarily a better guardian than is a female bulldog. Males tend to be more territorial, but females instinctively defend their 'nest'. As a result they will be more protective of their owner's home and family. The female bulldog is often more watchfull and alert than most males. This being said, if you really want a guard dog, a bulldog may not be the best breed for you. There are some exceptional guard dogs among bulldogs, but this depends more on the blood lines than on the gender. Some will be highly efficient as watch and guard dogs, others will be completely permissive and sweetly welcome just anybody entering your home.
- In bulldogs the difference in size, corpulence and volume is relatively marked between both sexes (although this sexual dimorphism tends to diminish lately). Some breeders claim that males therefore stand a better chance to win a "Best of breed" title. Actually, a good typical female should never be considered inferior to a male only because of her weight, as happens in some cases.
- In most other breeds dominant puppies are most often males. In bulldogs, females can be as dominant as males.
- Females will come into season twice a year. During that period she will loose small patches of blood and attract all male dogs in the neighborhood. Also, spaying a female often costs more than neutering a male.
- Females only rarely escape when they are in season. On the contrary males tend to escape whenever a female dog comes into heat in the neighborhood.
- Males show little moodiness and are less easily offended than females. Bulldogs do not usually beg for attention as much as do other breeds, but if they do not get their way, especially the females, may become offended and go sulk in a corner.
- A female bulldog will be playful as a puppy but as she gets older she will tend to sit back and see what is going on around her. The males on the other hand tend to remain playful even in their elder years.
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