Does gender matter when adopting a pet?

by Pets

The differences between male and female pets can cause some behavioral patterns to differ. Although there is no definitive scientific data on this subject, most pet owners agree that gender differences cause behavioral changes in pets.

Let’s look at the differences between male and female dogs. Male dogs that have not been neutered are more likely to set their own territory or mate by peeing. Unneutered male dogs are also more likely to wander in search of a mate. In contrast, female dogs are more obedient to domestic training and more attentive to their owners. Unneutered female dogs can go into heat twice a year; during this period, they may bleed for 2-6 weeks. Male dogs do not have such a period as they are ready to mate at any time of the year. Dogs can also experience gender-specific health problems.

Male and female cats also have differences. Male cats are larger than females and have rounder faces due to testosterone production. Female cats, on the other hand, live longer. Male cats may experience more urinary problems because of their shorter urinary tract. In terms of behavior, female cats are more fearful and aggressive towards people, while male cats are more playful and affectionate. Male cats are more affectionate not only towards humans but also to other cats, while female cats tend to exhibit a behavior that determines their own space, especially in the house.

Although knowing all these features is important before owning a pet, how you raise an animal may be more important than its gender.

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