Because it seems I'm always in a constant state of puppy envy, I often find myself thinking about the next little spotted pup that will join our family. Don't get excited - it's probably not going to be for a while - but it's still fun to think about. :)
Here's the big question - will it be a girl or a boy?
Since it seems most people tend to have a preference between males and females, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions...just for fun, of course!
I'll admit that until now, I've never had a preference either way. It wouldn't have mattered to me if Peyton and Pongo were girls or if Indy was a boy - they still would have come home with me.
Now I realize that there will be differences between breeds and different bloodlines, and of course every dog is unique - but as a whole, what draws you to a particular gender?
Just for the sake of comparison, let's look at Indy and Peyton.
Indy is my serious girl. I'm won't use the obvious word, but she's very mouthy, dramatic, highly opinionated, and is captain of the fun police. She likes attention, but only when she wants it. And when she wants it, you better give it to her NOW. If you don't have cookies, she's not going to be your friend. And even if you have cookies, she probably still won't be your friend. No offense. She does have a very playful, silly side, but only when *she* feels like it.
It goes without saying that Peyton is my clown. He's the kid who is always in trouble at school. His motto could be act now, think later. He likes to party, is a little reckless, and thinks life is way to short to be so serious. He does have a soft side though and his feelings get hurt very easily. Most of all, he's 100% a mamma's boy. At home, he follows me everywhere - always watching me.
When it comes to training, Indy and Peyton are very different. With Indy, she does best when something is her idea - shaping games are perfect for her. On the other hand, Peyton would rather I just show him what I want. He gets frustrated easily and doesn't have the time to guess what it is I'm looking for. Peyton hates to be wrong where as Indy is never wrong so don't you dare imply that she could be. :)
I think in general Peyton learns faster than Indy, but it's likely because Indy takes more time to try and convince me that her way is better. Once she knows something, she is very consistent where as Peyton tends to push the boundaries a little more. Indy definitely is more focused, but her focus is always on what she thinks is best. Peyton is (obviously) more easily distracted - it's not that he wants to be "bad", but he really can't help himself.
While I absolutely adore Indy, I think I'm a little more compatible with my boys. Maybe it's because I (like Indy) tend to be very serious - and Peyton is a constant reminder that life is too short not to laugh. While his antics can be very frustrating at times, it's also impossible to be mad at him. He can be extremely charming.
And not to leave Pongo out, but it's a little easier to compare Indy and Peyton since they are closer in age and have had similar training. While Pongo was also a wild child in his younger days, now he's so laid back that it's hard to remember all the times he pushed my buttons. :)
So that was a little long, but now it's your turn. There are a lot of girl dogs that I love (including some spotty girls up north) so please share your thoughts!