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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” usually keeps the peace.


Many people believe that females get on better with other dogs than males. However, it actually depends upon the age, size, sex and temperament of the other dogs in the home. Males and females can both be great dogs. If you already have a dog, the opposite sex is ALWAYS the better choice for a second dog.

The female is less likely to wage an obvious battle with you and will play it coy instead. However make no mistake she is cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is loyal, sweet and affectionate but there may be days she will appear more reserved and unaffected.

Females are usually less distracted during training. But 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. Females tend to be a little more reserved or dignified as they age.

Males, on the other hand, are usually more exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. But both sexes are for certain, very loyal and attached to their people.


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Boys are usually fun loving until the day they die.

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 females will come to you for attention and when she's had enough, she will move away but not too far away…she will usually be within arms length. She will usually follow you from rom-to-room as well and settle nearby. Males tend to be more "in your face" and need more one-on-one attention.
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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.


Females are more prey oriented and generally speaking they make better hunters. This is not to say that males don't hunt and that I have not seen great males hunters.


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So, before you decide male or female shorty, there are many things to think about: short legged jack russell terrier, short legged jack russell terriers

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 like 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. Not all males and females will be exactly as described as above. If you put 100 people in the same room, they would argue about what makes a better dog: A male or female? I am asked all the time what I prefer. If I could only have one dog, it would be a female. I find them to be a little more sensible, terrier-like and well, interesting…And that's what I like about them. --- Sheila

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