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 Male verses Female Maltese

"Which sex makes a better pet, male or female?" That is a question we hear most often from
people seeking the perfect pet. There are inherent differences in personalities between male and female Maltese, but either sex will make a wonderful and enjoyable pet. Here is some information that we agree with on the subject.

In the dog pack hierarchy females are usually in charge, determine pecking order,
and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more
independent and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much
more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors.
Most fights will usually break out between two females.

Males on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and
more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also
tend to be more steadfast, reliable and less moody. They are more outgoing, more
accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated
by food and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training as males prefer to play, play and play. No matter what age, he is most likely to act silly and present more puppy-like behaviors.

The difference in size between the sexes is minimal if bred correctly. Males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as "humping" or "marking" and lifting of legs. But once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Boys who were neutered early (before 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate. Females left intact may also mark their territory. They may lift their leg, or simply squat to urinate, but it may still be territorial marking. This is natural instinctive behavior within the Canine world to ensure preservation and continuation of the species. Spay and neuter your dog early to prevent these behaviors from developing. Follow the guidelines and
recommendations offered by your Veterinarian.

The female will usually come to you for attention but when she has had enough she
will move away. The males are always waiting for your attention and always wanting
more. Females are generally less distracted during training as she is more eager to
get on with it and get it over with so she can return to her comfy spot on the couch.
The female can be more cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is
much more prone to mood swings. Unless you spay your female, she will have periods of being "in heat" twice a year. Seasonal heat can be a nightmare, lasting three to four weeks and drawing every male dog in your neighborhood to your door. During this time she can leave a bloody discharge on your carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes. She will be
particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period
can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity. She will also leave a "scent"
for wandering intact males to follow right to your door, where they will hang out and
wait days for her return.

It is our opinion that when spayed or neutered, either sex will make a wonderful and loving pet. Just choose the attributes you would most like to have in your pet.

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