Staffys ? Choosing Between a Male and Female Staffy

by admin on February 4, 2011

Some Staffy owners claim that males are typically more aggressive and destructive, particularly in small spaces. Female Staffys are said to be easier to train and more affectionate.

Depending on the Staffy, these stereotypes may be true or not. Choosing a female Staffy means either taking the initiative to spay, or deal with the issue of the Staffy being in heat a number of times each year.

Failure to take action for your Staffies birth control means that you could have to find homes for litters of Staffies puppies.

Female Staffys don’t have menopause, so unlike the human female, Staffys can have puppies practically all their lives. You’ll spend weeks every year trying to guard your female from males who can catch the scent from miles away. On the other hand, if you have a pure bred Staffy that you want to breed, then having a female Staffy can become a financial advantage. Provide you understand and know about breeding dogs. This takes skill and needs to be learnt.

Male Staffys insist on marking their territory, whether it’s around your house or in the garden. They do this by urinating on their “spot” so they can find it again. You can try to train a Staffy not to mark his territory, but you’re asking him to go against his instincts.

If you have another male Staffy in the house, expect a battle for who rules the house, particularly if both want to be alpha Staffordshire bullterriers. Even a smaller male Staffy will challenge or irritate the larger male – just to prove who was in the house first.

Staffys of opposite genders tend to get along better than Staffys of the same gender.

I know this for a fact as Flo and my sisters Staffy Harley at best tolerated each other!

While female Staffys are not as vicious toward each other as male Staffys, some females don’t want to share their space with another Staffy.

Female Staffys are generally easier to house train than male Staffys, although that can vary by breed and by the skill of the Staffy trainer. Male Staffys are seen as more lively and active, but certain breeds are “high strung” in both males and females.

Ask the average person shopping for a Staffy and you’ll find many are looking for a female Staffy. They probably believe the notion that female Staffys are less aggressive and easier to train.

However, they forget that female Staffys can be highly temperamental. Breeders tend to favor male Staffordshire bullterriers as an easier pet to manage. Gender isn’t the only predictor (or even a good predictor) of how a Staffy will behave.

Since there’s no scientific evidence that predicts the characteristics of males compare with females, then the decision about Staffy gender is essentially subjective. Chances are, your memories of a childhood pet or a friend’s pet that you wish you had is what’s influencing your choice now.

Maybe you recall the gentle female dog who lovingly cared for litter after litter of puppies as the ideal Staffy. Or you think about the rough and tumble large male Staffy that could run hard, play tirelessly and keep up with the most inquisitive children. If that’s what leads you to decide whether a male or female is the best Staffy to have, then go with your feelings. For you, that will be the right choice.

Best Wishes

Denise

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