Happy Paws Poodle
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                  Male VS Female, the age old debate. I realize that each
                  person has their individual preference and each 
                  of each dog is different, but you should never count out a male.
                  People often want females because they are "more laid back"
                  than males. I have to say that is totally untrue. Most of the
                  time my boys are more easy going than my girls. Females are
                  usually the leaders of the pack. They tend to be
more bossy

                  than the males and more independent. My girls are very
                  territorial of areas they think of as theirs. None of my
                  stake claim on a certain area of the bed or a favorite toy like

                  my girls do. I also have seen a couple of my girls that will also
                  mark their territory by peeing in the house like the boys get
                  blamed for. Girls can also be horribly moody, going from happy

                  to ornery in just a flash of seconds. Usually, if a fight breaks
                  out it is between 2 of my girls and never my boys. Remember;
                  there is a reason they call girls "bitches". Also on top of all that
                  you have the cycles of the female to deal with if not spayed.
                  This can be very messy and
as you have to guard
                  your female extra carefully during this time if you are not breeding.

                  Males on the other hand are very loyal and protective and bond
                  very well
you. They are less territorial than females are can
                  adapt much more quickly than a female to new situations. If 
a male
                  is neutered early or trained carefully they will not lift their legs.
                  This seems to be the most common complaint I hear about.
                  Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such 

                  "marking" or lifting their leg. Boys who are neutered early
                  (by 6
months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate
                  since they no longer have the higher testosterone level of an
                  "intact" male.



                  The house training of a neutered male is no different than the

                  house training of a female.

                  One reason a female is sometimes chosen is so
                  that it can wear bows and can be dressed up.
                  There is now a variety of choices of clothing
                  and accessories for both boys and girls. Most
                  pet boutiques carry clothing for
a boy as well as
                  for girls.

                  Some Poodles are couch potatoes and some live to get up and go.

                  This is something that should be matched to the family.



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