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Need help deciding--male or female?
Sorry, this has probably been asked before, but I need some input. Here's my background--have had dogs pretty much all my life. Had an American Water Spaniel while growing up and then later have owned 2 Border Collies, a Smooth Collie, a Rough Collie, and a Beagle. I have done some obedience training but only competed once at a match. Showed in conformation for about 20 years, showing my own dogs and helping a friend that breeds Collies.
I've always loved Golden Retrievers but was not crazy about all the shedding. But now I have finally decided that I am willing to put up with the hair because Goldens are just about perfect in every other way (preaching to the choir, huh?)
I thoughtI had made up my mind that I wanted a female--I have always wanted to name a dog Larue, Gidget's friend in the old Sally Fields sitcom. But then I got to thinking about it and I've heard about other breeds that male dogs tend to bond more with female owners and female dogs tend to bond more with male owners. I am female. The dog will be mainly a family pet, we have 2 teenage daughters. I will probably do some obedience but will not be looking for a topnotch OTCH type dog. Just a dog to go for walks with and hang out on the couch. The kids will both be off to college soon and this will end up being mainly my dog.
So, what's your opinion about the different sexes? Anything to the bonding theory? Is one more trainable? My first Border Collie was a male and I bonded very closely with him. He would do anything I asked--any difference in GR sexes in that respect?
Sorry to go on and on, but I wanted to give you some info on where I'm coming from. Plus, I am just so excited about getting a GR! Thanks for any info.