There are many arguments, even expanding beyond the human world, about which is the better sex. While women may be from Mars and men from Venus, dog owners explore the age old question of whether the male or female puppy is right for them. This article attempts to debunk some myths regarding characteristics erroneously attributed to sex and also share important information about some traits that are dependent on the sex of your Pomeranian.
First, color is not dependent on the sex of your dog, nor is the condition of their coat. This trait is commonly the end result of breeding, care, and genetics. Males and females don’t have different colors depending on their sex and no one sex has a better coat than another. Ultimately, no matter which sex you choose, you will have an adorable little fluff ball of various colors available.
Similarly, overall temperament is not attributable to one sex or the other. Common inherent traits are inherent despite the sex of the dog. In addition, there are certain health traits and personality traits that are common throughout, many of which need to be addressed early on by socialization and training. Both sexes may be affected by health concerns like luxating patella or collapsed trachea. Both may suffer from small dog syndrome or struggle with issues of dominance or determining the alpha pack leader.
That being said, there are certain traits that are commonly more inherent of females, or concerns that only owners of female dogs must consider. First, only female dogs enter into a heat, usually twice annually. This is the period during which the dog can become pregnant. It is critical owners are careful to protect her, especially on walks, as dogs may attempt to mate with the female, resulting in pregnancy. During her heat cycle, she may become moody or withdrawn, affected by hormones and some slight pain from her cycle. Female Pomeranians are also more expensive to fix and the surgery can be more invasive. Some argue that unfixed females, or dogs that are not spayed, shed more as they blow their coats out a few times a year.
Female dog owners must be concerned about things like breast or uterine cancer, prevalent in female dogs. Female Pomeranians have been said to be harder to train and can be more independent, stubborn and territorial. Some describe them as having traits similar to cats. Again, many behavioral issues can be trained or encouraged through socialization and personality traits can vary from dog to dog.
Male dogs can exhibit territorial or marking behaviors if they are not neutered or fixed. Marking is when a male dog returns to a same spot to urinate, designating the area as “his”. Males are often more prone to running away, especially in an effort to reach a female dog that is in heat. Males can smell the distinct hormonal change from far distances and often will stop at nothing to reach the female. These behaviors may also be coupled with humping or other signs of dominance as males try to assert themselves as alpha. Male dog owners may need to be sure to complete regular vet checks to ensure issues like prostrate and testicular cancer are not present in their male.
As far as personality, male dogs are said to be more outgoing and social. They are more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and attention seeking. Many describe male dogs as being in love with their owners, versus just loving them. Again, many of these traits can vary from dog to dog and the negative behaviors can be corrected by neutering the dog or by corrective behavioral tactics.