Obviously, male and female dogs are different anatomically, but what are the behavioral differences between them? Is one gender more intelligent or compliant than the other?
The question of which is “better,” male or female dogs, is a subject that has yet to be studied scientifically. But most dog lovers have definite opinions based on their own experience. According to PetMD:
“Some believe that the male dog is more affectionate and easier to train, while the female dog is more aggressive and protective of its owners and puppies. Well, the truth is that when it comes to dogs and puppies there is no superior sex.
“[These] qualities… are just the anecdotal observations of many dog owners. There is no study that has proved any general truism that a dog will behave a certain way because it is male or female.”
Most knowledgeable dog people agree that a canine’s behavior depends on his upbringing and training. Affection, aggression, and other traits — both positive and negative – are fostered by a dog’s environment and his human caretakers.
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.
Having your weimaraner Spayed or neuter at 6 months. The sooner the BETTER AND CHEAPER. They won’t be trying to search the neighborhood for a mate if you take away the urge.
The size factor. My females are about 24″ to 26″tall to the shoulders. . My males are about 25-27″ tall. 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.