Male vs. Female, Which to choose?
The following information is from my personal experience. I think each
individual must make their own choice.
Female Yorkies are more calm and docile than male Yorkies
At our house; the females are the reigning queens. They always
determine who is top dog and where all of the others fall in place in their
“pack.” They compete among themselves to preserve and/or change the order. They
are definitely more independent, vocal, and territorial than males and can be
more stubborn. Almost all disputes or fights are among the girls especially when
someone is coming into heat.
Males are more difficult to train than females
Males are quickly and easily motivated by attention and praise, but
can be easily distracted. Females are more independent and territorial. We paper
train all of our dogs and find males might be slightly easier. You must also
remember we are a multiple dog household. The things that we experience are not
necessarily what a one or two dog family will experience.
Females are more affectionate than males
In my experience, the opposite is true. I find males to be the
lovers. They are the ones that are tight against you ready for petting and
attention. They are also more attentive and joyous. I think they accept children
faster. I have never had to remove a male when visitors come. The males tend to
be less moody and more ready to conform. We have also found that male Yorkies
tend to stick with the women in the house while the female Yorkies gravitate
toward the men in the house.
Alpha Behavior (Marking, humping, dominant behavior)
As I discussed earlier, females are much more likely to exercise
their dominance through alpha behavior. The females are usually the ones who
display infighting for dominance. They will also mark or urinate on an object to
show their superior status. I have 3 females that will do that, more so when
someone is coming in heat. The males will mark if it is breeding time and they
are non-neutered. We have found males that are neutered young rarely mark.
Again we are a multiple dog
household. The alpha behavior, training issues, etc are rarely seen in
non-multiple dog families. I don’t really think one is better than the other. It
is a matter of personal choice.