Choosing a Male Dog

Choosing a dog means letting yourself fall in love with a puppy or letting yourself be convinced by reason. In general, a breeder will advise beginners a female dog and for experienced owners a male dog. 

What are the general characteristics of a male dog? Why choose a male dog over a female?

Male puppies make cute playmates

Usually, the funniest puppy in a litter is a male. It’s a bit crazy, a brawler… It’s the one who is most attracted to your presence. It wants to play with you or nibble on you. A male puppy is often very cute. As It grows up, It will keep Its playful temperament, much more than a female who is more “reasoned”.


It’s often said that male dogs are quite difficult to train because they are immature. Males are big greedy! You will inevitably get them by giving them treats as a reward.

As you educate it, reduce the treats so that your dog does not consume too many calories.

Hormones, fights, runaways

Having a dog is the beginning of trouble. Of course, it’s a pleasure to raise your companion, but know that it is not easy! A male is full of hormones all the time. Having a male means having urine streaks all over your garden. As long as another male decides to do the same, the two of them will open a territory competition.

The brawls that ensue are an integral part of having a male dog. A male is a dominant animal. You can soften it during training, but you will not be able to erase the specificities due to its gender.

Runaways, when females in the neighborhood or further afield are in heat, are also inevitable. Your dog has the reproductive instinct!

The character

This is where the males get the palm. A male dog will never deny you cuddling or play sessions, where females are more independent. Males have a constant character as their master.

The guard dog

When it comes to training your dog to be responsible for your home, the male dog will appear to be very suitable for the task. Very devoted to Its master and impressive build (depending on the breed), your male will make your home safe.


Each dog is unique, male or female, the training you perform with It will be the key to Its behavior. Be firm, but fair, and your dog will become your best friend.

As for Its hormonal problems, if you do not want to breed It, go for sterilization as soon as possible and your male dog will be the perfect animal by your side.


  • Amanda Wheatley

    Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..) Why Trust ShelterAPet? At ShelterAPet, our collective is composed of writers, veterinarians, and seasoned animal trainers with a deep passion for pets. Our team of esteemed professionals delves into extensive research to deliver trustworthy insights on a broad spectrum of pet-related subjects. We anchor our evaluations on direct customer experiences, meticulous testing, and comprehensive scrutiny. Our commitment is to uphold transparency and integrity for our cherished community of pet aficionados and prospective pet parents.

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