Hi - I'm finding myself waivering back and forth on whether to get a male or a female standard poodle. I'm wanting the dog as a companion pet, but since I'm also a psychotherapist, I'm thinking it would be nice to certify my dog as a Therapy Dog for my psychotherapy practice, where I work with high functioning individual adults and couples. There would be no tasks for the dog to do, just to be available for snuggles and comfort to clients who'd like that. I'd also like a spirited, playful dog who'd like to play, retrieve, train, go for walks and hikes, and go swimming at nearby dog-friendly beaches, when the time is right for play. In terms of temperament, I've read that girls love you, while boys are in love with you - that boys tend to more affectionate. In that sense, I'd love a boy. But I'll admit, from my readings, I'm also a little nervous about marking, humping, and for the boys who squat to potty, hitting their front legs and needing to do a clean up after every potty outing. For the breeders out there, and folks who have a standard poodle as a therapy/ service dog, could you weigh in on whether your boys or your girls have gone on to become the therapy/ service dogs? And for everyone else, could you weigh in on your experience of temperament for your male and female standard poodles, and whether some of the male behaviors are bothersome? Many thanks!