Many people ask me about the difference between adopting a female puppy and adopting a male puppy. Let's take a look into this question...

First of all I would like to say that I think the one big reason that people normally prefer a female is because they are afraid that a male will hike his leg and pee all over their house. And I will be totally honest here, if you do not get a male neutered by 6 months of age, he will do just that. He will hit puberty and feel the need to mark his territory.
BUT... if you get a male puppy neutered by 6 months of age, which is usually required by a good breeder, than you will not have this problem!!! There is one exception in which an issue may arise even if your male is neutered, and that is if you adopt a second adult male into the home. In some circumstances they will feel the need to dominate over each other and mark their belongings. But again, get them neutered by 6 months and everything should be sunshine and lollipops!
Males usually get the back burner in litters and it really saddens me, as some of our best pups have been males. They are very devoted and look just as cute in a leather jacket as girls look in a dress lol.
I would be totally lost without my little guy!! My male is not neutered, obviously, and he does hike his leg, but is trained to only do it outside or in his potty box. This was a really hard training task by the way, but it is possible if you are diligent. I won't go into that right now. But again, I can assure you that adopting a male should not be feared. We have adopted out many many males and have yet to be notified of any issues. My parents have one of our males from Patsy. He is over 2 years old now and has never once had any potty issues. Ever since day one of them taking him home, he has used his potty pad and does not hike his leg. He was neutered by 6 months of age.
Same goes with females... If you do not get them spayed in a timely matter they will go through "PMS" just like humans. They will get crampy, grumpy, and bleed all over your house. They may also have bladder incontinence. And also worth the mention is the group of stray males they will attract to your front door lol.
So you see that in either case of adoption, you have issues and spay/neutering on time is a good idea. And females hitting puberty may even be more of a bother than males. We suggest spaying females between 7 & 9 months of age. Before 7 months, your puppy has not fully developed her organs. Spaying early can possibly stunt organ growth and cause cancer. So she may go into heat before you get her spayed. If your female does go through a heat before you get her spayed, buy her a diaper, pamper her, and wait out the storm.. but don't give her chocolate lol.

Disposition.. What is the difference in attitude and disposition between males and females?? Not much here either. Either way you go, both have a very loving and devoted nature...
Although, females do tend to be a little more protective over their owner/home. A female might be more likely to be restless and voiceful, especially when company comes over. And a male is more likely to be more laid back and cuddly. Our girls cuddle but are very aware of any noises or cars pulling into the driveway. They will run and look right away. My male is my right hip. He will cuddle and stay with me all day. He is aware of any noises or visitors but will not leave my side.
Cute pink little dresses!! Many people choose a female because they can not resist the cute, pink, little dresses and foo~foo hair accessories lol.
This is probably the biggest reason our females go first. I totally understand the need for fluffy and pink!! But let me add that males are just as fun to accessorize! You have tiny bibs, tuxedos, and Mr. Roger sweaters! Plaid, green, blue, and skulls! Don't forget the Harley jacket and glasses! Boys are just as much fun- no doubt!!
Of course every dog and puppy is different. You can't really label a certain sex in any way. Both are delightful in many ways and both also have their downsides. So it really does not matter which sex you choose. So, please stay open minded in your decision of adopting.

These comments only reflect what we believe to be usual behavior in observing and raising of our Maltese.

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