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Again I think it will depend more on the individual puppy rather than males/females generally. Keep in mind that when you bring your puppy home you will likely have a period of mouthy behavior. This is very typical BUT those sharp puppy teeth hurt! Try to work with a breeder that socializes extensively and wait to bring your puppy home until he/she is 10-12 weeks. This will allow more time for mama dog and siblings to help puppy understand that biting too hard ends play. You will want to continue that lesson from the minute you bring your puppy home. Set up an expen and when puppy bites down too hard on human skin stop interacting immediately and gently place puppy in the expen for a couple of minutes. Do not speak to or look at puppy. Then take puppy out of expen to play. When puppy bites down too hard repeat. If you are VERY consistent with this, puppy will learn in a few days that teeth in human skin = no play! This will apply to male or female puppies. I chose a male because after having raised 17 pups (not Havanese) over my lifetime I find that I prefer male dogs. They tend to be less finicky about stuff - wet grass, raindrops on their head, other dogs/people looking at them sideways - just stuff! You will find others that prefer females. Some do because they are concerned about "marking" behavior. Inappropriate "marking" is simply poor housetraining nothing more. Boy dogs can learn appropriate house manners just as girl dogs can. There are many threads about housetraining on the forum so read through those. My Leo is very loving, easy going, loves rough and tumble play with his doggie sibs, is so very gentle with my infant granddaughter, quiet most of the time and the star of my office where he often spends his days! Just love my little boy dog!