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Male vs Female Dogs

Many people feel there is little difference between a male and female dog, but as we will learn in this article, there are some surprising variances between the sexes.

The personalities of male and female dogs differ in a few key ways.

For instance, females tend to socialize more easily than men, and men tend to be more affectionate.

The considerations in the notes that follow will help you decide which gender of dog to get.

Continue reading to get to know the interesting differences between male vs female dogs.

Male Dogs Tend To Have A Great Attraction To Females


Dogs have a significant affinity for women despite being considered man’s closest friends.

Researchers tested a group of 20 canines in an experiment in 1986.

They discovered that although male pups were hesitant to approach and initiate body contact with unfamiliar men, female dogs were only slightly reluctant to do the same.

According to experts on animal behavior, men can appear scarier than dogs.

Men frequently have larger stature than women, louder voices, and distinctive features like facial hair.

These things could seem threatening to a dog.

The Opposite Sex Gets Along Better With Dogs

According to anecdotal reports and academic studies, most dogs tend to get along better with their opposite number of dogs.

That might be true for various reasons, including sex difficulties involving dominance and basic maternal instincts.

Therefore, if you’re expanding your family with a second dog, you might want to strike that balance for a calmer home.

Male Canines Yearn To Travel


Male dogs are frequently more autonomous.

They are more likely to stray or travel for miles around specified females in heat since they have an active sex drive.

Due to competition for territory and females, they are more likely to confront other male canines.


Both male and female dogs mark with urine, but male dogs do it more frequently.

Additionally, male dogs tend to be more domineering.

They have a natural need to dominate other canines.

Dogs naturally mark their territory by defecating in small amounts in various places.

This activity is known as urine marking.

To attract mates, they also leave urine stains. Male dogs who haven’t been fixed are even more prone to mark their territory with pee.

Perhaps your dog is simply the ruler of the area because research published in the Journal of Animal Behavior revealed that high-status canines marked territory more frequently than lower-status dogs.

The Lifespan Of Male Dogs Is Shorter


According to studies, female dogs live a little longer than male dogs, but whether or not the dogs have been spayed or neutered has the most impact on life expectancy.

Spayed female dogs had a 26% longer lifespan than intact females.

Additionally, neutered male dogs live longer than intact males do.

That is so that reproductive problems like uterine and testicular cancer can be avoided by neutering or spaying pets.

Additionally, unaltered animals are more inclined to wander in danger in pursuit of a mate.

That may result in a shorter lifespan because of an increased risk of being hit by a car, contracting infections, and engaging in combative behavior with other dogs.

More Often, Male Dogs Bite

According to a recent study on canine aggression, intact male dogs were more likely to bite than neutered male dogs, and male canines were six times more likely to bite than female dogs.

Researchers discovered that male dogs often displayed more hostility toward both other dogs and human strangers in a different study involving 20 different breeds.

However, it’s crucial to remember that there are many more factors at play than that when determining a dog’s level of hostility

The critical determinants of a dog’s temperament include other things like upbringing.

When they feel threatened or mistreated, dogs will frequently bite to protect themselves.


Girls Develop Quicker

Female dogs mature and gain adult weight more quickly than male dogs, which may affect how quickly they learn new commands.

Riley believes that while a dog’s specific temperament will be the main factor in determining how easy or difficult training will be, female puppies typically have an advantage.

It’s just a matter of maturity, not that female dogs are smarter than male dogs.

More easily and for longer periods of time than their male counterparts of the same age, females are able to concentrate.

Use the enthusiasm and concentration of a puppy instead of making these training errors that you’ll later regret.

When They Are In Heat, Their Behaviors Alter

Unspayed female dogs will become pregnant twice a year, unlike male dogs.

A female dog will feel stressed and anxious during her period.

Additionally, they will exude blood, which draws male dogs.

A female dog in heat is more prone to flee to find males for breeding.

She is reproducing as a result of her instinct. She will act more seductively toward male canines by turning her back toward them and holding her tail up and away from her body.

A female dog is also more likely to urinate and leave a specific mark when in heat to signal the other sex that she is available.

Not only does spaying prevent bloody discharge in female dogs, but it also prevents nervous anxious heat cycles.

Male Dogs Are Not Good Father Figures

Male dogs don’t have quite the same fatherly impulses as female dogs, who are more likely to be nurturing and protective.

In actuality, father dogs frequently show a general lack of interest in their puppies and rarely participate in the upbringing of the young.

It’s interesting to note that a dog’s paternal instincts differ from a wolf’s.

Wolves who are fathers are regarded as excellent parents.

They make devoted and caring partners. After the mother gives birth, the male gray wolf will bring food for his maid.

Father wolves assist feed and playing with their pups and are also very protective of them.


Right-Pod Dogs Are More Likely To Be Female

Unbelievably, the majority of canines have one dominant paw.

According to scientists, when reaching for food, going downstairs, or retrieving toys, dogs prefer using their left or right front feet.

According to one study, most dogs are right-handed, and both male and female canines are even more likely to be right-handed than male dogs.

Both Male And Female Canines Naturally And Usually Hump Each Other

Although non neutered male dogs are most usually affected, not neutered male dogs.

Dogs hump for various non-sexual reasons, such as during play or when they become overexcited.

It allows the dog to expend extra energy.

Dogs will also hump the air, people, and other dogs to show dominance or social status.

Hunching can indicate that a dog is trying to get your attention or relieve stress.

Male and the most giant dog to ever exist.


In General, Male Dogs Are Often Taller And Heavier Than Female Dogs

Because testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, male dogs frequently have larger chests, larger heads, and more severe bones.

In related news, Zeus, a great male day, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest dog in the world.

Its height is 3 feet, 5 inches, and 18 inches.

Guinness listed Zorba as the heaviest dog in the world.

A male English mastiff named Zorba weighed 343 pounds.

Male dogs are more challenging to place.

Male Canines Spend More Time In Animal Shelters Than Female Dogs


Before being adopted, male dogs wait an average of 6.6 months, while female dogs wait 5.5 months.

This bias against dogs is more closely related to the proportion of male animals entering shelters than it is to the preferences of the adopters.

When a female is in heat, males tend to flee, and some of these males never return home, ending up in the care of a shelter.

The World’s Oldest Dog Was A Female

An Australian cattle dog named Bluey passed away at the age of 29.

She was the most senior dog ever documented at five months old.

She worked with sheep and cattle all her life, which may have contributed to her long life.

In 1939, Bluey went away.

Puppies Can Have More Than One Father In A Litter


Dogs can have a litter of one to twelve puppies, and different men may have fathered other puppies in the same trash.

As you may imagine, if a female dog interacts with several men when she is fertile, more than one male dog may be able to fertilize her eggs.

Superation is having a litter of puppies fathered by multiple dogs.

It’s interesting to note that superation occasionally occurs in other animals, such as cats and horses.

Dog Males Have A Nose For Romance

Male dogs’ biological need to reproduce typically precedes most other impulses.

During walks, your dog may greatly desire to use its nose to explore everything inside.

Dogs can smell other dogs’ urine and discover a lot about them, including their gender, age, and reproductive status.

A lot of information about a particular dog can be found in the urine of that dog.

This information is crucial for a dog that wants to have additional puppies.

Before You Go…

Now you know the differences between male vs female dogs.

If you want to learn more, read the following articles too!

Dimitra Kokologianni, DVM
Dimitra holds a Masters’s degree in public health and a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. She is a versatile professional with over 7 years of experience. Her passion for animal welfare and preventive medicine makes her an excellent resource for our readers.

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