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Mex, I wonder how much your female's wildness is from her abuse. I know from taking in my rescue pup Hiro that he was a MESS when we first got him, but he's really mellowed out now that we've had him for a little over a year. I really think that once your girl knows you love her and won't hurt her or abandon her (because that's all she's ever known) she'll stop being so scared and show you her true personality

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I've had both and I think the females are more "Love Me, Love Me" and the males are more "Love You, Love You". I also think the boys are slightly more goofy which is a trait I like but others may not.
This is what I love, too. The big, goofy, floppy, loveable boy. Girls to me are slightly more aloof. I also like the looks of male goldens. Lucky for me, my hubby wanted some more testosterone in the house, so he readily agreed to a boy.

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I have also found that my females were more protective and more of a watch dog than my males.

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I had a female dog growing up so I always wanted a girl...buuuttt my husband talked me into a boy since that is what he has always had.

I must say, Cooper is definitely a momma's boy and I've become completely attached to him as well. Cooper is pretty clingy, he always wants to be right by me...but, on the opposite side of that, he would probably be nearly as happy to go home with any person who would give him an ear scratch and some treats . I think when we get another dog, I will be much more easily convinced to get another male.
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Boys all the way for me. However both my boys were completely different. Cody was totally independent and Wyatt is a mommys boy. I think it has more to do with personality than gender.

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I didn't have a preference at first, but I've read somewhere females say "Love me, Love me," where as males tend to say "I love you, I love you." Having had a male lhasa apso, I can't say whether or not it makes a difference in goldens. But I do know, that my friends who had males tended to see that they were more easily motivated by food & also acted out more than their females during their teenage years.

However, from my limited experience with dogs, I prefer females, and my pup is a female too
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Mex, I wonder how much your female's wildness is from her abuse. I know from taking in my rescue pup Hiro that he was a MESS when we first got him, but he's really mellowed out now that we've had him for a little over a year. I really think that once your girl knows you love her and won't hurt her or abandon her (because that's all she's ever known) she'll stop being so scared and show you her true personality

I absolutely believe that too. I once trained a horse who had been abused. It took almost a year. She is now on a very low dose of xanax, which is controversial, however is being a very good girl just lying at my feet today chewing a rawhide bone.

Our vet also suggested this BTW:
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