Do Male and Female Dogs Behave Differently?

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Over the years we have had both male and female dogs. We did a post a while back on the difference in appearance between males and females, but today we’re going to take a look at differences in behavior.
Conventional wisdom used to be that male dogs were tougher and more aggressive than females. They have a tendency to roam and are more aloof and quicker to get into fights. Females were said to be more loving and affectionate and happier to be part of a family. They can be a little snippy if they don’t get their way, but are generally more congenial than males.
As usually, I tried to find some research to back this up, but I found such diverse opinions that I took to Facebook to ask our readers their opinion based on their own experience.
What I heard back not only surprised me, it was surprisingly consistent. For fun, I made two word clouds of the adjectives folks used to describe the behaviors they see in their male and female dogs. See if you can guess which is which.

Chart A

male word cloud

Chart B

female word cloud2

What’s your guess – which is male and which is female?


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  1. Male is group A and female is group B. The first word I caught was goofy and that is gambler so it must be male!
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  2. if it counts for Weimaraners too, then A is for males and B for the girls…
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  3. I have 3 Frenchie’s and 2 Labs and I will bet my life that A is males and B is females. I have found that to be true in all my dogs 95% of the time. Except for the humping. My dogs aren’t humpers

  4. We picked the same as our buddy, Easy. A is for the dudes, but should have included dashingly handsome!
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  5. While both sexes certainly mount, I’d be shocked if “humping” would be in the female word cloud. A has to be males.

  6. A is definitely Male! Goofy, social, laid back, sweet and gentle describes my boy Max.
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  7. I’m with the consensus thus far, A for males and B for females. (Based only on my own two.) πŸ™‚
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  8. I’m going with group B as the females since we like to be bossy and independent. This may apply to humans too come to think of it πŸ˜‰
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  9. Yes, Group A would be the males and Group B the females, right? πŸ™‚
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  10. I imagine a is a male nd b is a female. I can attest to differences between our guys and our girls, though not exactly fitting the stereotype as described.
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  11. Love your word clouds! I’d say Chart A describes male pups, and Chart B female pups…Missy is definitely my protective puppy and Buzz is energetic and goofy all at once πŸ˜‰
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  12. A-Males. B-Females! I love this!
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  13. Yep, I also guess A to be males and B as females.

    I don’t know that I notice a consistent difference between male dogs and female dogs’ personalities, but my male definitely falls more into group A. I was talking to a breeder recently and she said her females are generally more bossy and independent than her males, which tend to be slightly more gentle and affectionate and easy going.
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  14. I guessed right too, but I was actually surprised by how accurate both were!
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  15. a male b female

  16. Having had both male and female dogs, the second cloud definitely refers to females! Most definitely. πŸ™‚

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