In some ways, choosing between male and female dogs is a matter of personal preference. However, there are some characteristics which are common in bitches and other characteristics which are common in males. It is important to evaluate these characteristics and determine which sex would fit in best with your home situation when you choose a puppy. Additionally, choosing between male and female is important if you already have another bitch or male and are choosing an additional dog. This article will serve as a guide for genders and will list a few characteristics of bitches, a few characteristics of males, and how to choose between male and female when considering a second or third dog.
The following characteristics often apply to bitches:
•Independent - Bitches tend to want to be in control of the entire situation. They may come to their owner when they are seeking affection but will often move away when they have had enough.
•Stubborn - In many packs, a bitch is typically the Alpha dog. Females crave more control of situations and are quick to respond to perceived challenges with fierceness.
•Territorial - Females mark in the same way males do. A spayed female may continue to mark for her entire lifetime regardless of when she is spayed while most males will cease marking behaviors shortly after they are neutered and the testosterone levels subside.
•Reserved - Bitches are generally less affectionate and friendly than males. This characteristic is noticeable in puppies and becomes more pronounced with age.
•Changes in Mood or Behavior - It is also important to note that if you do not spay your bitch, she will come into heat at approximately one year of age and approximately every six months thereafter. During this time, there will be some bleeding as well as a change in mood or behavior. Keep this in mind when you adopt a puppy and make the decision of whether or not to spay her.male vs female dogs
The following characteristics often apply to male dogs:
•Affectionate - Males are typically more affectionate than bitches. They tend to crave attention from their owners more than bitches and as a result, display more affectionate behaviors.
•Exuberant - A male is also more likely to be fun-loving and outgoing throughout his lifetime than a bitch. While a bitch tends to become more reserved as she ages, a male dog maintains a more puppy-like exuberance throughout his lifetime.
Speaking very generally about male dogs...
Male dogs tend to be more stable in mood than female dogs – less prone to emotional swings. Now before you start telling me that your own male dog is the moodiest dog on earth, remember that I said generally speaking!
Male dogs are often bolder and more aggressive than females, although in some breeds it is the female who is "sharper" and more aggressive while the males might be described as "goofy" or "klutzy" or "big softies."
X symbolMale dogs have genitals that are easy to see, which makes some owners feel self-conscious. When you roll them over to rub their belly, there's "something in the way." Male dogs may become aroused and/or lick their private parts, and again, some owners find this embarrassing, especially when Grandma happens to be visiting.
A male dog is either unneutered (sometimes called intact) or neutered (sometimes called castrated or de-sexed). Neutering means surgically removing the testicles from the scrotum so the dog can't breed.
symbol for female dogsSpeaking very generally about female dogs...
Female dogs are more prone to mood swings. They can be sweet and loving when they're happy – but a bit on the grumpy side if something isn't to their liking. Because they're opinionated, female dogs can be manipulative when they're trying to convince you that they really, really don't want to do something. Now, I'm a proud member of the fairer sex myself, but I must admit that female dogs are experts at The Dirty Look and The Sulk. Okay, guys....I don't even want to hear it, 'k? :-)
Female dogs are often less pushy and "in your face" than male dogs are. Yes, females are affectionate, definitely, but often it's on their own terms. They may request lots of petting, then assert their independence by walking away when they've had enough.
You always see Celebrities on the news and entertainment sites toting around tiny Chihuahuas. A dog is "NOT" an accessory. The celebrity folks have people (hopefully) that feed, train, and care for their pets, you probably do not have "people". If you are looking for a fashion accessory you have come to the wrong Web Site and you may as well start looking for a different breeder, our babies are "family", they are not accessories.
We don't breed for "teacup" size. "Teacup Chihuahua" is just a name people have put on the tiniest dogs, generally to charge more money. The Chihuahua is listed as a toy breed, not Mexican, miniature or teacup. Most people don't realize how hard it is to raise the tiny Chihuahuas. They generally have more health problems and hypoglycemia is not uncommon. They also need to be lifted on to and off from furniture, and carried up and down stairs, as a fall can severely injure or even kill them.
Chihuahuas can range in size from under two pounds to over six pounds. We strongly recommend, for most people, a puppy that will be just a little bigger than show size and especially for families with younger children. A five to seven pound Chihuahua is not a big dog, and is generally much easier to raise. Chihuahuas have a long lifespan of at least 12 years. Some even into their 20's, so be aware that when you are adding a Chihuahua to your family, you're adding a friend that will bring you a lifetime of joy.
The disposition and temperament is more important than size or show standards when selecting a companion dog or family pet. Every breed of dog has specific traits that define the breed such as color, size, activity level, loyalty, intelligence, aggressiveness, gentleness, etc. Each of these traits can vary widely within a specific breed. Selective breeding is a process of selecting the mates that produce the desired tarts and avoiding weak or bad tarts. This takes time, patience and understanding to develop the "perfect" dog. JK'S CHIHUAHUAS is focused on breeding for temperament within the 4-6 pound range in size. From time to time we will have pups under 4 or over 6 pounds (adult size). Our puppies make great loyal companion, watch dogs and friendly, yet protective family pets. Common to the Chihuahua breed is the dog's puppy like, active life style, for most of its adult life and lack of fear. Chihuahuas may be the smallest in stature among all dogs, but they are one of the biggest in their own thinking and how they relate to other dogs, surroundings, strangers or threats. When breeders take the time to train and socialize Chihuahua pups very early, they make one of the best pets and companions dogs in all the canine world.
PET VS SHOW
1.Pet dogs shed, whereas Show dogs blow coat.
2.Pet dogs are in heat, whereas Show dogs come into season.
3.Pet dogs trot, whereas Show dogs gait or move.
4.Pet dogs stand, whereas Show dogs stack.
5.Pet dogs get a bath, whereas Show dogs are groomed.
6.Pet dogs beg for treats, whereas Show dogs bait.
7.Pet dogs poop, whereas Show dogs toilet or eliminate.
8.Pet dogs bark at other dogs, whereas Show dogs spar.
9.Pet dogs have family trees, whereas Show dogs have pedigrees.
Every effort is made to ensure that the puppy you have chosen will be a good match for your family and home environment. I cannot guarantee the size or color of your puppy as there are to many factors that determine how they will turn out as adults. Creams, fawns and blues often darken as they mature, sables tend to lighten. Puppies from large litters may be smaller to start but may catch up later when they are eating on their own. Moms with abundant milk can produce roly poly pups that seem like they will be larger but once they are running around and stop nursing they slow down and end up much smaller. I can make an educated guess based on the size and background of the parents as well as by using the weight chart commonly used to predict a chihuahuas adult size, but it is only an "educated guess". In addition I cannot guarantee that your puppy will turn out to be the show or breeding prospect that you may be hoping for. I can guide you to the pups I think have the potential for show or breeding but the qualities a puppy possesses at 8-12 weeks old may change as they develop and mature.
There is NO breeder out there who can *guarantee* the size of your Chihuahua full grown. They can give you an estimate, and if they have been breeding long enough and know their lines, they may be pretty darn close. But there are always surprises. If you want a 3 pound Chihuahua and a 7 pound Chihuahua just wont do, I suggest you look for an older pup or an adult that might not get much bigger. Many times, breeders hold back puppies that they think they may want to keep for breeding or show. A little bit of a bad bite, a floppy ear, legs a bit long and suddenly, there is a lovely little Chihuahua available and they are full grown or close to full grown, so you know how big they are. There is no reason that this pup/adult cannot be in a loving forever home, they just cannot be in a breeding or show program..but still an awsome beautiful chihuahua.