Boy Golden Retriever: Common Misconceptions About The Male Goldens

Boy Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are one of the most loving dog breeds in the world. They owe their popularity to their easy-going personality. Goldens are playful, gentle, intelligent, friendly, and loyal, good with other animals and with children. These traits make them perfect family dogs. However, it is noticeable that female Golden Retrievers are more popular than their male counterparts. There are several reasons why most people want the girl over the boy Golden Retriever.

The mainstream opinion gives a clear advantage to female Goldens. However, this opinion is based on some common misconceptions about differences between the two sexes.

Boy Golden Retriever vs Girl Golden Retriever

There are certainly some differences between male and female Golden Retriever. However, these differences are minimal, yet they have been blown out of proportion lately.

Humping, Marking & Dominance

The mainstream opinion states that female Golden Retrievers won’t display “alpha-like behavior” and show dominance, unlike their male counterparts. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. For example, in the dog packs in the wild, females have a critical role. They are the ones that will determine and maintain the pecking order and will challenge and alter that order if needed. It is a common misconception that females won’t show dominance-like behavior such as marking, growling, or humping.

As a matter of fact, a girl Golden Retriever will be more determined to exercise its dominance with such behaviors than a boy Golden Retriever. 

Female Golden Retrievers are generally more independent, stubborn, and less willing to please their owners. On the other hand, boy Golden Retriever will be more affectionate, playful, and obedient, these traits make them easier to control.

Boy Golden Retriever will also be more motivated by food and praises and thus easier to train.


Another reason why people choose females over male Golden Retrievers is their size. Generally, male Goldens will grow bigger and weigh more. However, there is no drastic difference in size and weight between male and female Golden Retrievers. 

On average, a male Golden Retriever will be 2″ to 4″ taller and 5 to 20 pounds heavier than its female counterpart.


Another common misconception is that only male Golden Retrievers fight. However, many Golden owners will tell you that fights they had to break up were between females.

Behavior after neutering

Once neutered, male Golden Retrievers will rarely show signs of sexual behavior like humping or marking their territory. Boy Golden Retriever that was neutered early on will not even raise its legs while urinating. 


Our intention in this article was not to favor male Golden Retrievers over females. We simply want to share common misconceptions that influence new owners to go predominantly for female Golden Retrievers. There are differences between male and female Golden Retrievers, no doubt about it, but they are minimal. In our opinion, you can’t go wrong with a dog, as long as it’s Golden Retriever.

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