Most confusing decision to make for a pet lover is choosing the gender of pet. By default or even with a conscious choice most people prefer male to female. As a veterinarian and also a member of Royal kennel Club of India author observe great liking for male pets than a female one. The author sometimes wondered the reason behind this preference and came across various myths that is common among pet lovers. This article takes on these myths and tries to analyze their authenticity.
MYTH 1: It is a general feeling that it is less hygienic to rear a female pet (in regard to estrous cycle).
REALITY: A female dog comes to heat (estrous) twice (rarely thrice) a year that may take 9 – 15 days characterized by vaginal bleeding of negligible to a substantial amount depending on breed and stage of estrous. There may be blood stain and spots on your bed sheets or carpets which looks unhygienic. A careful handling and various methods stated ahead can avoid this situation. One can choose among these methods depending on whether he/she want to breed his/her pet or not.
- Estrous pads (disposable): These disposable pads can soak blood and prevent staining.
- Confinement to a limited area which can easily be cleaned since it is only for 9 – 15 days that may not be a big problem.
- Spaying (ovarian- hysterectomy): removal of ovaries and fallopian tube can be a permanent solution. But problem is that bitch cannot be bred in future.
MYTH 2: Males are better guard dogs than female.
REALITY: Completely false, in reality, females are more attentive than their male counterpart; it is easy to distract male dogs because of their more playful nature. Thus female proves to be a better guard dog and much easily trainable.
MYTH 3: Female needs more care and attention than its male counterpart.
REALITY: Temperamentally female dogs are more independent and calm whereas male dogs demand more pampering. Females are more docile and more attentive in obeying commands thus easily manageable while males are more playful and sometimes aggressive due to testosterone surges.
MYTH 4: Males are more likely to win a prize in dog shows.
REALITY: In reality females and males are both evenly poised in dog shows as they participate in entirely different categories. Male participate with males and females are participated with females so they are judged accordingly for male and female characteristics.
Also, females can also be preferred if you have children in your home because it is observed female dog go well with kids compared to males who can sometimes be frisky. Also, you can gift a puppy to your relative and friend if you bred your female dog. Isn’t it awesome?
Finally, it is much easier to find a mate for the female dog because of more males and less female availability.