The debate on which is the better sex – male or female – continues to rage on since ancient times and even up to the present, despite the fact that many consider the current views on gender differences to be more liberal. Ironically, the debate has spilled over to dogs, specifically which gender of Bichon Frise puppy is best for a pet owner to buy.
Some have even incorporated pop psychology into making this choice, believing that the personality differences between male and female Bichons are the same as in male and female human beings – with the boys being more aggressive and the girls more meek and subservient. Nothing can be further than the truth. In fact, female Bichons have been found to have an aggressive streak when it comes to protecting their young.
The decision on purchasing a male or a female puppy is an important family matter that needs to be talked about. Since your new Bichon Frise will practically become a member of your family, you should weigh in everyone’s feelings and opinions. To help everyone make an informed choice, you can do some research on the web or read books on the subject matter. If you are visiting the breeder from whom you will buy the puppy, you can ask his or her opinions as well. Chances are, however, in the end, you will have to make the decision based on yours and your family’s opinions since there are no solid facts to back up which gender of Bichon Frise puppy is better.
Points To Consider When Choosing Puppy Gender
There are certain points that you need to consider when selecting a specific gender of Bichon Frise puppy. First consideration is if you own another Bichon dog. If your dog happens to be a male, getting another male may prove problematic because of their natural instincts to protect their territory. This is a dilemma you will rarely experience if you have two female pups. While you may consider pairing your male with a female puppy, you also have to think about whether you would want to have puppies from their union or not in the future.
Another consideration is house training. While female Bichons seem to be easy to house train compared to males, they tend to forget what they’ve learned just as easily. Any training done on a male puppy tends to sink in much longer, and even permanently. If you are concerned about any potential messes inside your house, better go for a male puppy.
If you don’t have any plans of additional puppies from your male and female Bichon in the foreseeable future, it is strongly advisable to have them spayed and neutered. To protect the purity of the line, some breeders require that pet owners sign a contract on having the puppy spayed or neutered before bringing it home. Spaying and neutering has the added benefits of increased longevity and better health.
Eventually, making the choice of which gender of Bichon Frise puppy to buy will fall on you. Ask the breeder if you can play for a bit with both the male and female puppies. It would be best to get to know the pups so you choose which one has the best personality that would jive with your family.