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Old 01-17-2013, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Standard Poodle Male vs Female Differences??

Hello,

We are trying to decide whether to get a male or a female standard for our first family dog.
Do any of you have advice on what the differences are in male vs female?
Such as physical traits like is there a size difference?
Or behavior traits like are there negative/positve behaviors that occur in one vs the other?
Or personality traits?

I've done some research on this, but haven't found much & wanted to know your expert opinions Thanks.

Also, we are going to spay/neuter if that changes anything.

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sorry I'm no help as I was going to post the same question. I know there is more to personally than gender, but typically, are boys more calm, more loyal, clingy, hyper, have a longer attention span or vice versa in standards or is there nothing to it as far as gender goes at all? Sorry to add my own question to your post.
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Default Standard Poodle Male vs Female Differences??

Males will typically be a little larger than females -- this is true in all breeds. I've spoken to two different breeders extensively on this topic... My experience as a groomer is that male poodles are more laid back, more "whatever", if you will, though females aren't than far off. The breeder I got my Conan from ways it's her opinion that males are more calm and collected than females, although another former breeder/groomer I know disagrees, but she says males aren't much more high strung than females.

Taking this into account, I'd say there really is little difference in fixed individuals based solely on gender in this particular breed.


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I don't believe there is a big difference in the males vs. the females. You need to make the choice based on the pup's personality... I have a friend who has had the opoprtunity to have a few wonderful males, who I would have loved to have owned, but passed on them because she is not fond of the genitals...
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There is generally a considerable difference between males and females. Females tend to make their own health and safety their priority- looking out for #1 as a way to save the species. Males tend to make their people their priority. Because most breeders recommend waiting until about eight months to spay a female and about 14 months to neuter a male, altering does not make much change as far as these personality differences go. Most breeders will tell you, unless a home is an all male home, boys make better pets.
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I have had two people tell me the same. Male temperament is even all the time.


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In my opinion both are about the same when altered. There is a difference in size though with the males being considerably larger then females.
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I've had minis and now toys in my poodle owning life. My boys are easier and I think more attached. My girls tend to be more indepenent. At times I think this is nature's plan. The females are responsible for the survival of their pups whether they have them or not. They must be ready to defend their family. I don't think this varies by the size of the poodle. All dogs are individuals. Find puppy that is a fit for your family. Whenever I have sought a new poodle, I don't care whether that dog is male or female.
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A lot of people go for females because of the belief that all male dogs will mark, or pee indoors. That's not even an issue if you alter early enough.

I've always found that the male personalities click with me more. Every dog is an individual, just like people, but the the boys I've had have always been more people-focused, more eager to please and are always "in the thick of it".

I love my girls though. They are just more feisty and independent.

We have a female Schnauzer right now who has more personality than I've ever seen in a dog. She's got the entire spectrum of the boy personality - loyal, engaging, love sponge, goofy - and all of the girl personality - feisty, spunky, etc.

It all comes down to the specific dog though.
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Ohhhh, Arreau's explanation makes a lot of sense! Now I see that. My two girls are completely different from one another; Maddy is goofy and fun, super curious, smart and eager to please. Indy is like a queen; calm, dignified and definitely the boss. She's smart too, but she doesn't really see the point in performing...there has to be a reason. They are both cuddly, but not all day long. My mom is here for the weekend and she just said, Indy looks at me like she just asked a question and is waiting for me to answer. I thought, that's true! That's the look! Anyway I haven't had males before but just within my two girls there is a lot of personality difference. And Indy is 26" tall so you can get tall girls too
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