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Should You Choose a Male or Female Dog to Join Your Family?

Choosing the right dog to join your family is a crucial decision that impacts household dynamics and overall pet ownership experience. At Jordan Dog Training, we understand the importance of aligning a dog’s characteristics with an owner’s lifestyle and expectations. Whether you’re considering a male or female dog, several factors must be weighed to ensure you make the best choice for your household.

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Personality Traits and Behaviour

While each dog is unique, some general behavioural tendencies are typically observed between males and females:

Male Dogs:

  • Often more playful, energetic, and assertive.
  • Prone to roaming if not desexed, and may exhibit marking behaviours.
  • May require consistent guidance to manage potential dominance-related behaviours.

Female Dogs:

  • Generally easier to train and more focused during training sessions.
  • Typically more reserved or independent.
  • Less likely to engage in overtly aggressive behaviours but can go into heat twice a year if not spayed.

Health Considerations

Male Dogs:

  • Desexing can help prevent unwanted behaviours such as roaming and reduce the risk of testicular cancer and prostate issues.

Female Dogs:

  • Spaying can dramatically lower the risk of breast tumours and uterine infections, especially when performed before the first heat cycle.

Breed-Specific Considerations

Different breeds may exhibit distinct characteristics influenced by gender. Here are the top 20 most popular breeds in Australia along with some previously mentioned breeds, highlighting their typical gender traits:

  1. Cavoodle: Known for their friendly and affectionate nature. Males may be slightly more playful, while females can be more nurturing.
  2. French Bulldog: Males often display a more rambunctious side, while females tend to be a bit calmer and more reserved.
  3. Golden Retriever: Male Goldens are exuberant and playful, females are often more settled and gentle.
  4. Labrador Retriever: Males are generally larger and more boisterous, while females tend to be more subdued.
  5. Border Collie: Males can be more high-energy and demanding, females may focus more quickly on tasks.
  6. Miniature Dachshund: Male Dachshunds can be more stubborn and playful, while females may be somewhat more reserved and easier to train.
  7. German Shepherd: Males are typically larger and may be more dominant, females are often quicker to train and can be less aggressive.
  8. Maltese Cross: Males are often outgoing and energetic, while females can show a more laid-back demeanour.
  9. Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Male Staffies are robust and energetic, while females often exhibit a gentler demeanour.
  10. Golden Doodle (Groodle): Males tend to be larger and more robust, while females are often more manageable and less dominant.
  11. Beagle: Males are usually more affectionate and outgoing; females tend to be more independent and reserved.
  12. Cane Corso: Males are imposing and protective, while females are typically easier to handle and less aggressive.
  13. Poodle: Highly intelligent and trainable, male Poodles are often outgoing, while females can be somewhat more reserved.
  14. Jack Russell Terrier: Males are extremely active and fearless, females might be a bit more measured and calm.
  15. Australian Shepherd: Males may be more assertive; females often integrate better into family settings with children.
  16. Rottweiler: Males are larger and more powerful, often used in protection roles, while females can be easier to handle.
  17. Boxer: Males are typically larger and more energetic; females tend to be calmer.
  18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Females are generally more independent, while males are noted for their affectionate and sometimes more needy behaviour.
  19. Australian Cattle Dog: Male Cattle Dogs can be more assertive and thrive with structured and engaging training; females might be more adaptable and responsive to training.
  20. Kelpie: Known for their work ethic, male Kelpies are intensely energetic, while females can be slightly less intense and more manageable.

Desexing Your Dog

Deciding the best time to desex or neuter your dog is an important aspect of pet care that can impact their health and behaviour. For specific guidance on when to desex your dog, please check out our detailed information sheet on our Jordan Dog Training Desexing Guide. Additionally, always consult with your dog’s veterinarian to determine the best timing and approach for your individual dog, as they can provide personalised advice based on your dog’s health, breed, and lifestyle.

Long-Term Commitments

Choosing between a male and female dog involves understanding long-term commitments in terms of training, health care, and daily care:

  • Training Requirements: Males might require more comprehensive and engaging training to curb dominant or territorial behaviours, whereas females may need more emotional support during heat cycles unless spayed.
  • Health Care Costs: Consider the potential costs associated with health issues like spaying and neutering, and specific breed-related health screenings.

Training Tips and Services

Jordan Dog Training offers specialised training programs to address gender-specific challenges. Our training techniques are designed to harness the natural tendencies of both male and female dogs to achieve harmony and obedience.


Choosing between a male or female dog is more than just a matter of preference. It’s about making a responsible and informed decision that will affect your family for many years. The right dog will bring immense joy regardless of gender.

Looking for more guidance? Contact Jordan Dog Training. We’re here to support you every step of the way, from selecting the perfect dog to training it to be a well-behaved member of your family.

For more detailed guidance on when to desex your dog, please refer to our Jordan Dog Training Desexing Guide. Always consult your dog’s veterinarian for the best advice tailored to your individual dog’s health needs and circumstances. This comprehensive guide now includes a broad overview of popular breeds and their traits, health considerations, and the importance of consulting with a vet regarding desexing. It provides prospective dog owners with the necessary information to make an informed choice.

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