Ok so I've researched this forum looking for an answer and could not find one, so please no hate for starting yet ANOTHER male vs. female thread!
I have placed a deposit for second pick out of a litter of 11. I want a male. I have put a lot of thought into it, and I would prefer the male personality. But I have a "small fluffy problem".
A little history on me. I am not a novice dog owner. I have fostered a female dobie with intention to adopt her, but ended up adopting her out to a close friend and client who needed her more than I did. I was never able to bond with this dog so I was not heartbroken. I am a calm and assertive owner. I put a lot of work into training and run my dogs on the treadmill when I am unable to walk them. I also own a grooming salon and take my dogs to work with me most every day.
So here's my fuzzy little problem. I own 4 toy poodles-2 males and two females. They are all very well socialized dogs and comfortable around large and small dogs. They are not skittish or nippy as can be typical of toys.
I have read up on male/male aggression in dobermans...however is this typical among different breeds as well? Do you think that even if I socialize the puppy from the day it comes home, train it extensively, and raise it with my little pack, that I will run the risk of him killing one of my male poodles? Even if neither of my males have "challenging" personalities?
I'm totally open to honest opinions, and if that means getting a female instead, then that is fine as well. I will love either the same way. I would still prefer a male if possible though!
I am consider competing in some novice conformation shows as well. I am not looking to go to Westminster-just to have a little fun with something I've always wanted to try!
. I am currently looking into enrolling in some handling classes.
Oh and just so my bases are covered...both parents have been full panel health tested....sire is a UKC Champion and AKC pointed-he was injured while with a handler before he could finish. The female is imported from Russia and is AKC pointed and has competed in Obedience competition. Her owner also skijorrs with her! These are very nice, sound, and healthy pups from a responsible breeder! I will be taking my pup to Utah to have Dr Pew do his/her ears!
Thanks so much everyone!