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Hi all,
I’ve been reading a dizzying number of breeder websites and almost all of them have a bit in there about how males make better pets than females. How they’re more cuddly, more attentive, ect. Is this to put a plug in to sell male pups easier? Since females somehow tend to be in higher demand? Or do you all think it to be true? Just curious since it seems to be a theme. Personally I’m not partial to either sex, I just love any good dog.
 

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I do think that for poodles, females are in higher demand. So it may help them sell. But the stereotype does seem to hold true for a lot of dogs that males are more goofy, slow to mature, and more clingy and affectionate. I don't think it's exactly that males make better pets, but they may be a better fit for somebody wanting the specific qualities you are more likely to find in a male. Females are often said to have an advantage in training because they are less distracted and mature more quickly. And they can make a better pet for somebody who can't handle a very clingy dog. But stereotypes are just that, and there are plenty of exceptions. I think it comes down to picking (or having breeder pick) a puppy that has a good temperament match for you.
 

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I think breeders are providing a counterbalance to a preference among pet poodle owners to purchase female dogs by pointing out the advantages of male dogs. This allows male puppies to have their fair opportunities for proper placement. What if the male puppy of a litter is the right dog for you, but your biases prevent you from seeing that?

I'm glad to see breeders providing this information to potential buyers.

I love male dogs. As luck would have it, the two closest dog relationships I have had in my adult life have been with male dogs (Navy, poodle mix; and Merlin, an aussie who passed away about 10 years ago). I recently added a female mini poodle. Why female? It is what made sense with my current dog pack (two elderly males who prefer the company of female dogs, and the recent passing of our female pug). Also, I had been on the fence regarding variety (toy vs mini) and a female mini would more likely be a smaller dog. I prefer dogs around 10 lbs (I think Violet will be around 13 lbs, and that is just fine). Anyway, my reasons were pragmatic, but not out of bias against male dogs.
 

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I’ve never noticed breeders suggesting male puppies on their websites and I’ve looked over many in my search for my minipoo. When I’m ready I will get another poodle so I continue to look at websites.

I’ve only had females so I have no personal experience. Some people strongly claim there’s a difference while others strongly disagree that there’s a difference. If you use the search function here you can find older discussions on this topic.
 

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Hmmm. Interesting, I’ve not noticed that on websites. I do however have a male mini who is very affectionate and happy go lucky and a female Jack Russell that is more independent and less demanding of affection although still enjoys snuggles on her terms.


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