Making the decision between which breed of dog to get can be very difficult. But, when you’re set on a breed, for example, a Rottweiler, you’ll also have to make another decision. Should you get a female Rottweiler or a male Rottweiler?
The difference between male and female animals is very obvious. That’s why it’s important to really think about it. Consider your circumstances and those of your family, and don’t just get a gender-based on availability.
Before you decide if a male or female will fit better in your family, do a lot of research. Really make sure you know all the benefits and downsides of both genders.
In this article, we’ll first take a look at the differences between male and female dogs in general, and then between female and male Rotties.
While you’re here read more about Rottweilers and their mixes:
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Male and female dogs – General info
Not everyone wants to get a Rottweiler, that’s why we’ll take a closer look at the characteristics of female and male dogs.
Advantages and disadvantages of a male dog
In general, males are taller and often need more space and training. They are often viewed as a more suitable family member and can adapt to all sorts of situations.
Are They Good To Children?
Males tend to see children as playmates rather than their children and can therefore sometimes become a little cocky. However, this can vary from breed to breed. Male dogs can also be very loving and protective of children.
Males are usually more affectionate and strive for constant attention from their families. They love to love and love being loved, basically, they’ll accept every little bit of affection you can give him.
The majority of males act like children and they seem to take a little longer to grow up. Also, it can sometimes be difficult for them to be attentive while training, but once you figure out how to train your dog, it will be a lot easier. You should also know that more males have won dog shows than females. So, if you want to show your dog you might want to take that into consideration too. But, you can check out American Kennel Club for more information on dog shows.
Advantages and disadvantages of a female dog
Female dogs respond better to training and run away less often. They are also more sociable with other dogs, but be careful if your female dog encounters a male who has not been neutered. The male dog could become very uncomfortable and unplanned mating is always possible.
Are They Good To Children?
Many people will choose a female dog over a male because they believe she is inherently more protective of children, and more gentle.
Female dogs are more independent than males and do not seek attention as much. They love being petted as much as males, but withdraw when they want some rest.
It’s believed that female dogs are easier to train than males because they are less easily distracted. They are more likely to listen to you and want to please you.
Female Rottweiler VS male Rottweiler
We’ve looked at all the traits of female and male dogs in general, now let’s focus on only one breed, Rottweilers. Both the female Rottweiler and male Rottweiler make great pets, but there are many differences between them too. The obvious is their size.
As you can see in our tables male Rotties are 20 to 30 pounds heavier than females. They are also much larger and have a wider chest than female Rotties.
Temperament of the male and female Rottweiler
The female Rottweiler is reserved and serious. This is because they mature quicker than males. Because of this, they are also much easier to train. They are not really affectionate and are perfect for dog owners who want a dog they can train and discipline.
Female Rottweilers are cautious and alert. Because of their high sensitivity, they don’t have a balanced temper.
Females are also more territorial and are more likely to be devoted to just one person in their family.
Male Rottweilers are completely different.
They are very active and goofy! They won’t calm down until the age of three or four years, while females calm down around the age of two.
These dogs are laid-back and playful. There won’t be one dull moment with them. But, because of their fun-loving nature, they tend to be very messy too. They love the mud and dirt.
What’s great about males is that they are much more affectionate than females. But, they are also harder to train. So make sure to be consistent and patient when training them. Unlike females who bond with only one family member, males get along with everyone.
How are they with kids?
Male Rottweilers are playful and fun-loving, but they are also a bit messy. They love to run around, jump and be silly, which could be a bit dangerous for small children. They can accidentally hurt your kid, they can knock them over and injure them.
So, you will have to be careful. Don’t let your small child and male Rottie play alone. Other than that, they are good with children. Your kid can definitely benefit from the fun this dog brings.
The female Rottweiler is a bit different. They mature much quicker so they are more careful around children. So, accidents and injuries are less likely to happen. But, you should also be aware that females usually tend to bond to only one person. It can be the kid in the family or an adult. If they pick the kid as “their person” they can become a bit pushy and will never leave them alone!
Just because females are more mature, it doesn’t mean they don’t like fun. They do! They love to play around, but when they have enough they will drawback and become distant.
But, generally speaking, their calm and loving nature makes them good pets.
Health differences between the male and female Rottweiler
We’ve already said that males are much larger than female Rottweilers, this means they are also more prone to injuries and joint disease. They also have a shorter lifespan than females, because they are much more active while they are young.
Male Rottweilers are prone to shoulder joint diseases. So, you should take them to the vet regularly for body and bones examinations.
It’s also important that your male Rottie gets enough exercise during their life, no training can add a lot of strain on them and their bodies.
The female Rottweiler is much lighter in weight and they have smaller bodies, which makes them less prone to health problems than males. Some people also say they live much longer than males.
There is even a study that suggests that female dogs could live about 30% longer, but it is only applicable to those who aren’t spayed until after the age of four. Females are also less prone to cardiovascular diseases, breathing problems, and injuries.
But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them to health exams.
There are health problems both males and females are prone to:
- heart failure
- heat stroke
Which is better for a family?
This is not an easy question to answer. Both male and female Rottweilers are great dogs. They are active, loving, and smart. So, there really isn’t one right answer. It depends on you, your family, if you want a calmer dog or a more active dog and so on.
Advantages of male Rottweilers:
- great guard dogs
- more likely to get into fights when they sense danger
- utilize the alpha structure
- much larger, stronger and faster
- interested in outside environments
- very fun loving and active
- can play with children
Advantages of female Rottweilers:
- loyal to one person
- live longer
- less messy and clumsy
- easier to train when puppies
- have unique, fierce, protective qualities
- more careful around kids
- highly territorial over their environment or belongings