|Thoughts from our puppy
buyers and friends...
|Venue: Agility, Obedience & Conformation
My personal opinion is that the boys are easier to train and are more devoted to you than
the bitches. I prefer boys for performance, you are the center of their universe and they
so badly want to please you and they relish when you dote on them. Boys also don't have
seasons for those who do both performance and conformation :) And if you have a strong
relationship and they are trained right, they can and do work even with bitches in season
around them for the intact ones.
Bitches on the other hand.... I find to be more about themselves. They are Divas with the
exception of a few tomboys like my Sparkle. The Diva type are all about what can you do
for them. Add intact bitches and that is a whole other can of worms with their hormones! I
have to be honest and say that I do have an intact bitch who is not like that, but she is
not the norm. She thinks she is a tomboy and likes to get down and dirty and loves to
work. She has more intensity than some of the boys, honestly she is a bit nuts! But that
is what makes her an extremely driven dog. The girls I find to be a little easier to pass
off to other people like for conformation ring handling, they are a little more outgoing
in that respect. My boys on the other hand might work for someone else, but they
absolutely won't do it with the same type of intensity and will be a bit worried about it.
It isn't that they aren't secure, it is that the game is played with ME, and with anyone
else it just isn't the same. The Girls don't quite think that way, Sparkle runs helter
skelter for anyone cause she just LOVES it , and it isn't about me, I am a pawn out there
for her. Star sometimes she really likes it, sometimes she'd rather sunbathe (DIVA TYPE)
but the work ethic is there because it is engrained into her brain! My male Pap, Chase,
and I were on the AKC/USA World Team in 2005 and 2007. He has his MACH3 as well as many
Andrea, StarStruck Papillons
Breeder/trainer of conformation, Obedience & Agility Master champions
|Venue: Performance (agility)
Males are much more driven to please you based on my experience. They're my cuddle
monsters. They give love and affection like no female I've ever encountered. Boys are all
about you and making you happy on and off the agility course. They'll bend over backwards
to get your approval at the end of the day. I wouldn't trade a moment of the things we've
done, or are going to do together in the future.
Females are driven to get a job done - it's not about making you happy - to them it seems
to me - it's about getting the job done to get what she wants - period.
In short I have found my males are much more prone to being 'momma's boy' and my girls are
my partners in crime.
Professional Agility instructor
|Venue: Conformation (showing)
Since I show in conformation, my dogs and bitches are intact.
My males seem to want to cuddle more than my females. My girls come over for lovin' then
move away in a few minutes.
My male Pap, "Cookie", is without a doubt the smartest dog I own. He works very
hard to understand us and is often gazing at us with head cocked when we are talking. I
think he is listening for words he understands. Lol. He responds well to training, and
works for treats.
One of my Pap bitches is high strung, energetic, and "demands" much attention.
The other bitch is much more independent.
Some people are concerned about males because of leg - lifting potential, but I know that
girls are just as bad about marking, and the only time one of mine went "tee
tee" in my husband's chair, it was a girl!
Dog Show exhibitor/handler
|Venue: Performance and Conformation
In my experience, I have had and shown intact male and female shar pei, and spayed and
neutered papillon. With the intact shar pei I have, and have been around, the males are
always more relaxed on a general basis. They have their moments with agression, getting
worked up over females, but for the most part, they are more relaxed. The female shar pei
are "Bitchy", they are higher strung, yet pretty attentive when you need their
With my female papillon, Jolie is extremely wired and does not care for other dogs very
much, even though she is spayed. She is very possesive over objects and spaces, but is
extreme in her focus and trainability. I dont know if that is her sex, or just the
personality type she is.
The two male Papillons are much more laid back. I think If I was going for a driven
performance dog, it might have to be a female, but if I wanted an obedience/companion dog,
a male would be a better fit for me personally.
Dog Show exhibitor/handler & performance trainer
Over the last few decades we have owned 5 Sheltie girls and 1 male Pap, all
spayed/neutered. 2 Shelties were gently bred and raised by us. If I was to sum up all five
of the girls I would say that each was loving, kind and attentive...up to a point. Then
they went off and did their own thing.
Since we had no other experiences except with girls I thought they were best, until we
started working with Brandi (Braylor's Papillons) who mentioned the possible snuggle
factor of boy Paps. And in our experience with Winston, Brandi has been so right. (Thanks
again Brandi!) Winston is a snuggler and has more than enough time for being with us both.
Winston is the smartest dog we have ever owned. Now I think we are hooked on little male
pap dogs....Duchess (one of my female Shelties) would be really disgusted if she heard me
Dog lovers for companionship
I've had (and have) wonderful animals in my life. Currently I have a female spaid Boston
Terrier and a male neutered Papillon.
As far as your male/female question, Wyatt is the most cuddly, affectionate furry
companion I have ever had.
Dog lover for companionship
Coming from someone who has 4 boy Papillons, they are by far my favorite. I find, when
training, they are sweeter and more willing to please and less "moody" than the
females. I know there are always exceptions to this but I am just talking about my
experiences and observations.
We do require all our pups who are being placed as companions be spayed
or neutered by a certain age, but we do not advocate early-age altering such as 3-4 months
of age. We do, however, suggest and require they be neutered by 8 months of age, but not
before 6 months of age.
With relation to them as companions the reasons are as follows.
#1. Longer healthier life with less risk of cancer and infections.
#2. Easier to house-break. No hormone surges mean no marking urges.
#3. Less mounting/humping you or their toys and less roaming.
#4. Not as moody.
#5. Not as likely to have disagreements with one another and not as territorial.
#6. Without the hormones to distract them they will be more focused on you, making them
easier to train for companionship, performance and obedience competitions.
#7. Less unwanted pups in the world.
You will also hear disadvantages to spaying/neutering such as:
#1. Increased risk of obesity
#2. Increased risk of patellar (knee) luxation
#3. Increased risk of fearfulness, lack of confidence
#4. Increased risk of vaccine reaction
#5. Increased risk of peri-vulvar dermatitis, vaginitis, cystitis and recurrent urinary
tract infections in early-age spayed bitches.
#6. Growth rate changes due to a slowing of the growth plates closing.
DO NOTE, the disadvantages mentioned above (with the exception of
obesity, which can be controlled with proper feeding) are with regards to early-age
spaying/neutering meaning between 3-4 months of age on average. We do not advocate
spaying/neutering until at least 6 months and in most cases 8 months of age. Also note,
maturity and growth rates are different for different breeds and especially between large
and toy breeds so the exact right age to spay/neuter can also be dependent on the size of
the breed you are dealing with. For instance, toy breed dogs grow and mature quicker than
large breed dogs so our standard 8 month spay/neuter guideline might be different for
larger breeds and epsecially giant breeds. If you have concerns about the growth rate
changes due to neutering your pets (especially large breeds) ask your vet about a
vasectomy procedure rather than the common removing of the testes procedure.
*The information contained on this page comes from our own personal
opinions and views, which have been developed through many years of experience with dogs
and the Papillon breed in specific.
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