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     A common question I get is “Is a female better than a male”?  Girls are always people’s first pick because they don’t think that girls exhibit “Alpha” behavior” like humping and/or marking.  A lot of people think that females are more passive and friendly and that they don’t take part in fighting over dominance, which could NOT be farther from the truth.  If you check out the structure of dog packs, the females determine the pecking order and rule the roost.  The result of that behavior is that the females become more stubborn, independent, and territorial than the males.  These females are much more intent on exercising their control by participating in that “alpha” behavior like humping.    Most fighting will usually break out between two females. 

     Females are generally labeled as more independent and inconsistent in their focus on their human companions. Females can be every bit as loving but after a while they may prefer to go off on their own, males tend to be more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and even more demanding of attention.  The males are very attached to their owners, tending to be more dedicated, reliable and less temperamental.  They are more sociable, more accepting of other pets, playful for years, and take quicker to children.  Most boys are easily motivated by treats/food, words of praise and are so eager to please that training actually becomes easier.  Their playful nature, however, can make males more easily distracted.  The boys are more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games, no matter what their age.  The boys are fun-loving until the day they die, whereas girls tend to be more standoffish and dignified the older they get. 

     Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as marking and lifting their legs or humping.  Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear if they ever existed.  Boys who were neutered early (by five months of age) usually don’t ever raise their leg to urinate. 

     But to get back to the question of girl verses boy schnauzers, both bond with their human companion. If you neuter and spay your puppy you are on equal playing ground.  Now you are looking at personality and characteristics of the breed that you like. In my breeding program, I am pleased to say I have miniature schnauzers that love to play, sit on my lap, watch TV, or just follow me around wherever I go.  Let me help you find the right puppy to fit your lifestyle rather than narrowing your pool to one sex.

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