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Choosing a new puppy: boy or girl?

Hi All! I'm new to the forum and have enjoyed reading the informational threads as I research for our new Havanese puppy.

When starting our search, I wanted a girl -- no real reason, I just thought a girl puppy would be a sweet, cuddly companion. Upon visiting the breeder, we met all the puppies and were really drawn to the brown/white boy. His markings are really striking and his personality was spunky and fun. The girls were slightly smaller and seemed a little withdrawn and meek.

My question is this: is there really any difference between girl and boy dogs (other than the obvious)? We will have our dog spayed/neutered, so is the difference in the operations something to consider?

I'm thinking temperament and fit with our family is probably the first priority, gender might not even matter.

I'd love to know your thoughts! Thanks for all the wonderful advice in this forum!!

--Julie
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Hi All! I'm new to the forum and have enjoyed reading the informational threads as I research for our new Havanese puppy.

When starting our search, I wanted a girl -- no real reason, I just thought a girl puppy would be a sweet, cuddly companion. Upon visiting the breeder, we met all the puppies and were really drawn to the brown/white boy. His markings are really striking and his personality was spunky and fun. The girls were slightly smaller and seemed a little withdrawn and meek.

My question is this: is there really any difference between girl and boy dogs (other than the obvious)? We will have our dog spayed/neutered, so is the difference in the operations something to consider?

I'm thinking temperament and fit with our family is probably the first priority, gender might not even matter.

I'd love to know your thoughts! Thanks for all the wonderful advice in this forum!!

--Julie
I only have one, and he's a boy, but he is the love of my life. I can't imagine that a girl could be any MORE loving, attached to the family and just plain all-round awesome. There are wonderful girls too, but the most important thing is to picck a puppy with the right temperament/personality fit for our family. Gender and especially coloring come a DISTANT second and third. Remember, many, if not most, Havanese puppies will look very different, colorwise, as adults.


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Hi Julie - welcome to the forum!

I was sure I wanted a girl too. No if's, and's or but's........ Notice my signature - I have two boys!! When we visited the breeder, there was no connection with the little girls. Augie picked us....at least I thought he did at the time. Karen is right about the color - neither of mine look much like they did as pups, as far as color. More important is your breeder and the pup's temperament/personality.

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I second what Karen and Linda said. We have two Havs in our family - I have a girl who is not a cuddle bug but is always close by and follows me from room to room. She will come on my lap for a kiss and a short squeeze, then settle nearby. She is always ready for play and has good drive to please me.

My DD's Hav is a boy and he is like a baby, lol. She holds him in her arms like a baby (on his back) and he goes to sleep instantly. He is so sweet, but he is more laid back, a happy-go-lucky boy. My suggestion is to try to match up temperment with your lifestyle and family dynamics and have the breeder help you.

Welcome and post pics as soon as you can!

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One short visit with little puppies is not a good indicator of their individual personalities. If you went back again another day when the little girls were ready for play, they would most likely seem totally different than what you experienced today. They get sleepy and playful at different times, unless they all happen to be fed and full of rest before letting them out into a larger area to play.
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Yes, I feel there is a difference. My girl is very independent. My boys are much more loving and needy. If I never had a boy, my girl would be just fine and I would never know the difference. She is very warm, loving, affectionate, but my boys are much more adoring and clingy.

I will always prefer the boys over girls.





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Thanks for the great advice so far! We are planning another visit in a few days and will go with open minds -- the breeder did say that the boy had just woken from a nap while the girls had been awake all morning.

Will keep you posted on our puppy search!

Thanks again!!
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definitly go with the temperment and not the sex or color of the puppy!

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on being SO close to having your new baby!!!

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I think personality is the way to go.
My girl is a lap dog she loves to snuggle and spoon and is as sweet and attentive to me as she can be. I like that I don't have to deal with in the house marking, but she will mark on walks. lol

The meek personality might not be so bad, the alpha dogs are harder to train, I think. I think my girl is an alpha. Not sure I'd want a really hyper dog, I envision that as being like Pjewels beloved Ruby.. adorable but always getting into something, lol..

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For me, sex was last on my list of priorities. I did have a slight bias toward boys, but for a silly reason - neutering is an easier surgery than spaying so less worry for me! ha ha If one of the girls in Brody's litter had turned out to be a better fit for me then I'd have gladly have taken a girl.

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