These are some interesting articles that we have
found helpful over the years.
Male vs. Female
The age old dilema of which is better

Many people believe that female dogs make better pets...female preference seems to be ingrained in these
people. Most calls for our shichons have people wanting a 'sweet girl'. They don't think females display alpha
behaviours like 'marking' and/or 'humping'. They believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not
participate in fighting over dominance.

In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to
maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial
than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by
participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'. There IS a reason people utilize the technical dog term of
'bitch' in a negative way-and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by the females of the dog world. Most
fights will usually break out between 2 females. Male shichons 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 (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy.
However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter
what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are
fun-loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Witness the
human equivalent of the twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70, while Grandma quietly
observes from the porch.

Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs.
Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will
disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.

While the female shichon will usually come to you for attention, when she's had enough, she will move away.
While we find that our shichon boys are always waiting for ourattention and near at hand. Females are
usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy
spot on the couch. The female is less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning
and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet
and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being
'in heat' unless she is spayed.

Seasonal heats can be a three week long hassle not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the
neighborhood. Did we mention that the seasonal heats happen TWICE a year?

If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed since during this time she can leave a bloody
discharge on 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, and she
will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait'
for days.

Research has also proven that a female NOT bred during a heat cycle stays in a flux of estrogen level which
may give us the reason as to why females are more moody than males.

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