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Old 11-27-2012, 11:59 PM
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Gender preference?

I'm planning on getting a second golden sometime next year. I definitely want another female. For two reasons. 1, I just do. Can't really explain why. My first golden/lab mix was female, and then Lucy and Lily. Maybe that's why. It's what I'm used to and I can't see having anything but females. I love male dogs just as much and I'm open to getting a male one day in the future, but female is just my personal preference and what I want my next puppy to be. 2, my moms dog Charlie doesn't get along very well with other males, but I think he may do fine as a puppy grows. I don't want to risk it though.

I don't want to limit myself, but I REALLY want a female. Does anyone else feel so strongly about having their preference?
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:12 AM
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I like females too. I have currently have 2, and foster puppies for a local service dog organization and always request female pups. I like their smaller size, it just works for me. Nothing against males dogs, but I have only 1 male vs 13+3 (fosters +mine) females. The male foster was from my older goldens breeder, which is why I accepted him. He was the sweetest little dog, and I found him to be a much better cuddler than my girls.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:24 AM
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LOL - we like male puppies and the darker to medium golden color. Well oh well - we got a female and a British GR - mostly white. I love her to pieces and wouldn't change a thing - well maybe her hardheaded stubbornness that sometimes drives me crazy but then she gives you a look or a lick on the face and the misbehavior is ALL forgotten.
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Max is our third Golden. Our first two were females, and both were wonderful dogs. We had wanted another female, but the breeder only had males left. I almost hung-up the phone, but the breeder suggested we come over and take a look at her boys. We ended-up with Max.

Max is so much different that our two girls were. Mainly, more confident and social around both other dogs and people. Of course, the differences may also have a lot to do with his breeding and the socialization he experienced prior to coming to live with us. In any case, we are happy that we made the change.
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I originally wanted a boy but my breeder only had a female left. I wasn't set on a boy but that was the "default" gender I leaned towards, so I was very open to having a girl. My breeder matched me with purple girl, and I LOVE her.. She's perfect. It's probably all in my head but she seems to have a very female-like personality to me.. Sassy, spunky, and confident. It's hilarious and fun to watch. So I can't imagine if Molly were a boy. One thing I have read about boys is that they are more needy and in-your-face. Well, Molly is very much in my face all the time and needy.. She has to be on me all the time.. goes for my lap the second I sit down, and will try to sleep with her head on my legs when I am sitting in my computer chair. If not that she is constantly bringing me toys to get me to play. Sometimes it gets overwhelming when I have other things to do. She thinks my purpose in life is to play and cuddle with her all day (maybe she's right? ). If a boy is even more needy.. I am not sure if I could handle it. When I can have two dogs I think I might want one of each.. Or maybe stick with girls. I'm not sure yet.

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We wanted an older golden when we started our search, gender didn't matter even though we had 2 males many years ago. That did not play out, but we literally fell into our 4 mo old girl and a few months later, an 8 wk old male pup. Coop is true to form with our old boys in that he is most content glued to your side and never happier than when he is running beside you where ever you go. Learns slower but retains it more. Kye is always checking out what is going on around her, not always with you, would go home with anyone, but keeps you in her sights. Learns quickly, forgets almost as quickly. She is such fun and loves learning.

So for DH and I I still say gender doesn't matter in the least for us. We have both and feel so blessed.

This is not the same for all breeds. In my biewer yorkies, I prefer the males. If I decided to jump off a cliff, my girls would run to the edge, look down and say "You are crazy, Mom", my boys would not hesitate and jump with me.
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Well I always heard the phrases "Daddy's Girl" and "Momma's Boy" so it just seemed like my first dog would be a Daddy's Girl and when we get my wife's dog she can choose. :-)


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I went into the process wanting a female, but willing to accept a male and love him just as much. My breeder was the one who did the puppy matching, and as it turned out, I ended up with a female. One who has the perfect personality and disposition for me, too. She's everything I could have ever wanted.

Depending on what route you go, perhaps a personality match might help make the decision?
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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.
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very much in my face all the time and needy.. She has to be on me all the time.. goes for my lap the second I sit down, and will try to sleep with her head on my legs when I am sitting in my computer chair. If not that she is constantly bringing me toys to get me to play. Sometimes it gets overwhelming when I have other things to do. She thinks my purpose in life is to play and cuddle with her all day (maybe she's right? ). If a boy is even more needy.. I am not sure if I could handle it. When I can have two dogs I think I might want one of each.. Or maybe stick with girls. I'm not sure yet.
this is chester 100 percent. i am constantly tripping over him, or when i sit on the floor he has to be ontop of me either playing with a toy or eating a smelly bully stick sometimes it does get too much but then there are days where that is really what i need and he gives me that . i don't really have a preference when i get my second golden i have so much plan. i will be buying from a reputable breeder and wont mind which golden they choose for me.
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