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Male or Female?

This is the most asked question when a family begins thinking about a shorty pup: Male or Female? Which is better? The answer is not a quick and simple one as it depends a lot on your family dynamics as well as how many other dogs live in your home and their sex as well. For each family, the answer may be different. We have put together some information to help guide you:


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Many of the differences with male and female dogs are much like people. Laugh now but when you finish this page you will see what I am talking about...

In a home with multiple dogs, If there is one female, she usually rules the roost. It’s just the way it is fellas. The boys eventually come to realize that “YES DEAR” keeps the peace.


Many people believe that females get on better with other dogs than males. However, if there is going to be a fight, it will usually break out between two females. If there is an issue between two males, they often work it out and go back to being best friends. If two girls have a spat... they tend to hold grudges longer.

The female is less likely to wage an obvious battle with you, however she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she is sweet and affectionate - the next day reserved or even a bit withdrawn. 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.


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Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age.

Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behaviors such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, some of these behaviors (if ever existed) will disappear. Some will never even learn to hike their leg at all. Most don't realize that females can display behaviors like 'marking' and/or 'humping' too. More confident females may mark and/or hump.


Males generally cost 1/2 the price to have neutered as a female does to be spayed.

Females are usually less distracted during training. And sometimes she is attentive simply because she is more eager to get it over with, so she can get back to her comfy spot on the back of the sofa where she can watch over her kingdom.Most boys are easily motivated by food and praise and are so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training because of their playful nature. No matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games.


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While the female will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away. While boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Short-Legged Jack Russell Short-Legged Jack Russells


So, before you decide male or female shorty, there are many things to think about:
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What are you looking for in a pet? What type of activities do you want to enjoy with your pup? What about your other dogs? What kind of “little shadow” will work best for you? We can help you decide what will make the most sense for your family.
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Common sense will tell you that not all of the dogs (male or female) are going to act exactly alike one another. Their temperament, age at the time and training will also be factors. We can help you “pull it all together” and select the right puppy.

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