"Which sex makes a better pet, male or female?" That is a question I hear most often from people seeking an addition to their family. There are inherent differences in personalities between male and female Maltese as there are in reasons for getting a Maltese. I would suggest that you really think about what needs in yourself or your family you wish to meet. That answer will affect your happiness with your decision. Let's take a closer look.
Opposite Sex Instinct
For the same reason that peacocks have bright plumage and chameleons change their color, women wear makeup and men wear cologne. They are all devices that attract the opposite sex. There are sex differences in partner preferences in humans and animals! Link Link Link Female humans and animals prefer males and males prefer females. Understanding the basic needs of your pet will help you select the right sex for your needs.
Meeting The Needs Of Your Heart
TRAITS OF A FEMALE
In the dog pack hierarchy females are usually in charge. They determine the pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are much more inclined to display dominance by exhibiting alpha behaviors. Of course, they do it ever so cutely.
Female Maltese left in-tact may mark their territory. They may lift their leg, or simply squat to urinate in small dribbles to mark their territory. 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.
The BIGGEST factor in a decision is who will the puppy be drawn to? Females are mostly drawn to males, usually their Daddy or any other male figure in the household. The males cling to their Mommies. This is why the Dads usually want a little girl. It fits their needs. The girls seem to come alive with Daddy! Remember, these are typical situations. One can never say "always" about anything.
As sad as it sounds, below is a picture of a typical Mom with her little girl after the puppy has bonded with Dad. I am not for or against any sex for anyone but from my own experience, that of others and research on the internet this is usually how it goes.
The female Maltese will usually come to you for attention & food but when she has had enough she will move away. 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. They are usually independent and can be aloof if you are not her "chosen one".
Females tend to be moody and emotional. The female can be more cunning and resourceful in getting their own way. If you are going to get a barker it's usually a chatty girl.
TRAITS OF A MALE
The most desirable trait of a male is how much they want and need their Mommy! They could be called clingers. They need their Mom like Dad needs his little girl. There is no greater love or loyalty than from an adorable little boy!
There is no difference in size between male or female. Males are not larger than females. Males who are neutered early usually don't ever raise their leg unless they mimic other in-tact male dogs marking and copy them. Both males and females occasionally display humping behavior which to them is play.
Males are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more apt to seek attention from Mom. LOYAL is one word that sums up a male. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be less moody and much more loving. They want to cuddle with Momma as much as possible! 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. Because of this they are much easier to housetrain. Give them a treat and they will do almost anything! 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 be sweet.
Little boys love to romp in the yard, at the beach, in the mud or anywhere they shouldn't.
It is our opinion that when spayed or neutered, either sex will make a wonderful and loving pet. BUT, when it comes to matters of the heart, you might want to think twice.
Mom With Her Baby Boy
Dad With His Little Girl
The problem many couples have is who is going to get their needs met? Not to worry, why not get a girl for him and a boy for her?
That way everyone gets their needs met! :)