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Like several others on the forum I am LOOKING to add a second Havanese to our home. I have a female and just figured the next one would be female as well since all the dogs in my life have been females. I realize that it doesn't really matter what the sex is -- I am confident they would be great playmates. My concern is raising a male dog since I've never done it before!

For those of you experienced with boy puppies, what do I need to know that is different? What surprises are in store for me if I get a boy? Will neutering help with marking and, um, humping?

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Like several others on the forum I am LOOKING to add a second Havanese to our home. I have a female and just figured the next one would be female as well since all the dogs in my life have been females. I realize that it doesn't really matter what the sex is -- I am confident they would be great playmates. My concern is raising a male dog since I've never done it before!

For those of you experienced with boy puppies, what do I need to know that is different? What surprises are in store for me if I get a boy? Will neutering help with marking and, um, humping?

Thanks!
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Well, some girls mark and hump too, neutered or not, same as boys. Girls just (usually) don't lift a leg to do it! Humping is usually caused by excitement, not sexual behavior. If you mind it, tell them to stop, and redirect their energy in a more acceptable direction.

As far as mrking is concerned,few male dogs in Europe are neutered, an, believe me, they learn that marking is not acceptable behavior in the house!just like potty training, teach your. Boy where and when it is OK to mark, and he will do fine.


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My husband and I had girl dogs our whole married life until last July when we got our first boy Hav. It was the BEST thing we ever did! In all my dog years, and I bred and showed Bichon Frise, this little guy has brought the most joy to our lives! I am seriously thinking about another Hav, and it will be another boy! (Incidentally, he is close to 14 months and still squats.)
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My husband and I had girl dogs our whole married life until last July when we got our first boy Hav. It was the BEST thing we ever did! In all my dog years, and I bred and showed Bichon Frise, this little guy has brought the most joy to our lives! I am seriously thinking about another Hav, and it will be another boy! (Incidentally, he is close to 14 months and still squats.)
Kodi is 3 and still rarely lifts his leg. The only times he lifts his leg is at shows, where he is clearly marking where another dog has before him. (and it's hard to find scent-free areas at show venues!) on a daily basis, he doesn't squat, but he stands like a little horse, stretches out and pees straight down. Even at shows, if he really needs to go, that's what he does.


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I never had a problems with my boys. I had my girl first. She is a marker by the way All my guys will mark outside, but not inside. None of them ever humped. Scud got neutered the latest, at 10 months, and he didn't hump or mark inside. All 3 of mine were easy. I don't think I saw much difference. Non of them were destructive or hyper. Bella is a sweet little dog, but my boys are just a bit more loving and affectionate. Bella is more independent. My boys follow me everywhere. Scud is the most velcro. He follows me everywhere! If I never had a male dog, I would never know any difference and would be content with females. As long as they are socialized I think both males and females are great. The boys are just a little more adoring





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yeah Karen, not sure if I understood your comment ..."Humping is usually caused by excitement, not sexual behavior. ". It can be caused by any sort of excitement/stress , but it is a sexually related behavior. It's sort of play or like Jean Donaldson likes to call it , rehearsal for sex. The main misunderstanding about humping is that it is a form of dominance and in rare cases it can be, but generally is a form of play . Here's one of her articles on this. http://books.google.ca/books?id=wgHN...%20sex&f=false

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I don't think there's a huge difference between boys and girls. I have a boy and he squats to pee and he's shown no interest in marking (even outside). He only does the humpy thing at bedtime when he's super hyper and he stops it when I tell him no. Both sexes can do this - my parents' girl Maltese marked (outside only) and was a humper when she was younger, but she outgrew it.

For me, the edge went slightly in favour of a boy when I was looking for a puppy, but only because neutering is so much of an easier surgery than spaying so less worrying for me.

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yeah Tracy , I let Molly hump , like you said it is a normal stress reliever, . Yes it can be embarrassing but so is ****ting on someones' lawn. LOL

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My boy does mark outside and I've never actively discouraged it. He never tried to mark in the house. The only awkward times for marking is when we go places with LOTS of other dogs - ie Petsmart or the vet. We don't go often enough for the *no's* to sink in. He's fine at anyone's house - even totally new ones. He's never been a humper. The only time he tries to hump is when he goes to a playdate with his 'girlfriend.' They run around like crazy for 30 minutes and after his gf is truly exhausted, he'll try to hump her. I think he's only tried that on 2-3 dogs ever, always female, always after long play session.
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you've got a totally normal guy there.

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