The saying goes, “If you want a good dog, get a male. If you want a great dog, get a female and cross your fingers.”
I’ve had both males and females over the years. The long and short of it:
My males are teddy bears. They are sweet, goofy, loving, and affectionate. All day long, they’re trying to do something to please me. If I say, “Boulder, go get it,” he’ll run off as fast as he can and drop it at my feet before I have time to blink. To get someone else’s take on what it’s like raising boys, please read this excellent article about living with dogs.
Here’s the boy… slacking off as usual.
I mean, seriously, how sweet is this kid?
My females are bitches. They are very vocal and like to bark if they don’t get their way. They’re also much more independent and stubborn than my males. My girls don’t work for me, I work for them. For example, if I say, “Friday, go get it,” she’ll look at me as if to say, “no, YOU get it.”
In typical fashion, here’s one of my girls, quietly looking over kingdom.
The breeding prospect logistics. If you plan to own a show prospect dog (show dogs cannot be altered), there are also differences to note between in-tact males and females:
In-tact males mark. This is different than peeing… they’re actually lifting their leg and spritzing their urine as a calling card over your property: beds, sofas, drapes, coffee tables. Curbing this behavior is possible but will take some serious work on the part of the diligent owner. This behavior starts around 9 months of age and continues (if left un-curbed) for the lifetime of the dog… especially around females who are in season.
In-tact females go into heat. Twice a year, owners have to lock them up in their crates to 1) prevent the males from getting to them, and 2) minimize the amount of dripping discharge they would otherwise leave all over the house. This starts anywhere from 9-15 months for the “first heat,” lasts three weeks, and repeats about every six months. Please also review this fantastic article about living with bitches.
The size factor. My females are about 23″ tall to the shoulders. In normal people speak, they’re petite little things in the world of Weimaraners. My males are about 25-26″ tall. That’s about mid-size. It’s important to note that the extra 2″ in height between males and females actually make a BIG difference. Boys appear and feel much “heftier” than girls. Since they are taller, they’re also able to reach more stuff off the kitchen counter. (When my boy is away, I can actually leave food out in the center of my kitchen island. He’s able to reach the center; my girls are not.)
In reality, it’s important to note that girls can be loving, and boys can be assholes. It’s not really so much a gender divide as much as it is a specific dog’s personality.
My best advice is to understand and know what the general differences are between the genders, but be open to either, because when a breeder has puppies, he or she is going to be at the mercy of the mamma dog, who may have a litter of six girls and no boys, or eight boys and one girl. Those who have their heart set on one gender or the other “could” be disappointed. (And don’t worry, breeders will do their best to try to match you with your preferred gender, if you really have one!)
Establish a relationship with a breeder you feel comfortable with, and make sure they temperament test their litters and choose to select puppies on behalf of prospective families. Temperament testing is critical to understand each individual puppy’s personality. There’s no pass or fail… but results DO provide the breeder, and therefore, the prospective owner, with what their puppy’s baseline temperament is so that everyone can “adjust their training program” to best help the puppy grow into the best dog it can be. It’s kind of like going to the gym and signing up with a new personal trainer. Every person is going to have a different starting point, and training programs should suit the individual to maximize end results. When (not if, but when) troubleshooting is needed, the training programs are adjusted in consultation with “the pro” to stay on track. It’s no different with a new puppy. 🙂
Have any further questions?! Please contact me directly; I’m happy to discuss!
P.S. One final photo. Evidence that girls are focused and boys are spastic fantastic.