Is there a difference between a male and a female dog? Short answer: Yes, of course there is.
The first and foremost difference lies in the animal's physiology.
Male dogs are usually bigger and stronger built than females.
The head is wider, it's features are more pronounced.
Usually a male dog looks more impressive than a female dog.
When it comes to members of the same breed a male dog maybe somewhat stronger than a female.
When it comes to behavioral differences we need to honour the fact that a lot of the animal's behavior is controlled by his hormones.
The gender hormones influence the brain long before birth thus setting the stage for the development of certain behavior traits.
One of those inborn behaviors in male dogs is their need to mark their territory.
Adult male dogs sniff around and try to set their mark as high as possible to make sure other dogs know about them.
This is being done to ward off other males as well as to attract females.
Male dogs need to show who they are and display their physical abilities in oder to impress females and other males.
They are very interested in increasing their rank and will fight occasionally.
Those fights are not really meant to seriously injure the opponent.
Their intention is mainly to find out which of the two is stronger.
The male dog is interested in mating a bitch almost all the time in order to have offspring but the female dog is interested only during her season.
This means that male dogs have a tendency to go and look for bitches to mate.
Quite often they will bother females by sniffing around and trying to hump them.
Due to those facts owning a dog is "more work" because meeting other canines affords the possibility of more conflicts.
The female dog has maternal instincts which are activated by oestrogen.
She will come into season twice a year when she will shed some blood for about 21 days.
Prior to this she will produce a special smell to attract males.
When it comes to family life we find that male dogs are more boisterous than females and often need a firmer hand in their training.
There is an old saying:" Dogs give love and bitches take it".
This highlights the observation that male dogs are often more affectionate than females - but it could be that they are also more possessive.
Some people feel that owning and training a male dog is too much for them and prefer a female who is usually more submissive in certain ways.
They willingly put up with the fact that females have their seasons twice a year and need some special care during that time.
Others like the more impressive look of males and feel they want a strong companion.
Over the years I have owned both males and females.
At present I share my life with two males and I am looking forwards to the day when a female is with me again.
In many respects I found owning a female a lot easier because she would not get involved in conflicts with other dogs just to see who might be stronger.
She was also attacked less often by other dogs so going for walks with her was a bit more relaxed.
Remember: A dog is for life.
Take your time and choose wisely in order to make it a good life for you and your dog.