From the Desk of Sharda Baker
Good day and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with another Pekingese newsletter.
Here we go!
CHOOSING MALE OR FEMALE PEKINGESE DOGS
One of the first decisions that a prospective dog owner (regardless of breed) has is determining if a male or female dog is the best match.
There are certain characteristics that most male and female dogs will have, and knowing these characteristics will help you make the best choice.
Even if you plan to spay or neuter your Pekingese dogs , it is still important to consider the characteristics of male and female dogs, as they will still be present even after the procedure, although the characteristics will not be as pronounced.
Avoid the temptation to just pick the “cutest” puppy or older dog, and try to determine which gender will be the best possible match for you and your family.
One of the most obvious physical characteristics of the male dog is that it is generally larger than females of the same breed, and eats more. Males are heavier, taller and stronger than female dogs, although this may be particularly of concern more in the larger breed dogs.
Usually the size difference will only be a few inches in height, but it may be more substantial in weight. Male dogs tend to eat significantly more food than non-pregnant females.
Male Pekingese dogs may be more aggressive and independent than female dogs. Again, this is a more important consideration in larger breeds than smaller breeds.
Some male dogs tend to be more difficult to manage in small, confined areas and often do not socialize well with other males. This will be particularly true if there are female dogs in the area that are in heat.
A male dog often will form a closer bond with one person, whereas a female dog tends to bond equally with many people.
Male dogs tend to develop quicker sexually than female dogs, and will display sexual tendencies at a younger age. This is a concern if there are other dogs in the house or in the neighbourhood that may come into heat.
The male dogs will tend to roam, as they can smell female dogs in heat for many miles and if allowed, may even be gone for several days in a row in pursuit of females. Neutering male Pekingese dogs will eliminate this problem.
Male dogs tend to be more difficult to train than female dogs, and are more independent in nature. They also tend to be friskier and require more exercise.
Males may be more difficult to socialize with other animals and other dogs, and need to begin socialization training at a young age.
Female dogs tend to be smaller than male dogs of the same breed and are often less aggressive. However, a female dog protecting a litter of puppies can be just as aggressive as a male.
Female Pekingese dogs with their first litter should be carefully monitored for the first few weeks, to see how protective they become of the puppies.
Females will come into heat at least twice a year for approximately three weeks. During this time there will be a noticeable discharge of fluid from the female that is designed to attract the male dog.
Spaying the female dog will prevent this from occurring. If the female is to be used for breeding purposes, there are products on the market designed to address this problem.
Female Pekingese dogs tend to be less excitable and easier to train. They can, however, become easily cowed or shy if treated harshly, or scolded in a rough or angry tone of voice.
Female dogs tend to bond with many people. They may be less protective in general than male dogs, however are also easier to socialize with other animals.
Female dogs will fight with other females, but tend to get along generally well with male dogs.
Usually a group of female dogs will establish a hierarchy, and will bond with each other after the initial pecking order is established.
I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Pekingese newsletter
All the best and take care