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Q: Male or female Golden Retriever?

January 23, 2009 | By Tracy G. | 25 answers | Expired: 2142 days ago

Tracy G.

We are in the process of finding a golden retriever puppy. We would like a female, but are hearing interesting things when it comes to male vs. female. What's your choice and why?

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Mary W.
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Jan 27, 2009

Dogs whether male or female will have a bad temperant if the breeders did not do a good job of the bonding process at birth. I do not think you can go wrong either way.

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Mary W.
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Jan 27, 2009

I would go by the temperant of the puppy. You will know when you see it. Just make sure they are spayed or neutered.

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Lauri E.
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Jan 25, 2009

I like females cuz I think they are usually a little smaller and to me easier to train. I think the temperament of the dog should be of equal importance. A nervous or fearful dog will be a problem whether male or female. take your time when you are picking out the dog, again looking for the temperament. Also I would look into obedience classes before getting the dog-call around or go visit some classes--so when you get him/her your all set to go. Training, socializing and the temperament of the dog are vital if you want a good fit for your family.

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Maggiesmom2
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Jan 24, 2009

I have always preferred females no matter the breed. They are more expensive to spay vs. neutering but I find female dogs more to my liking.

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Mindy P.
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Jan 24, 2009

my family has had wonderful luck with females, but we have never had male goldens so I'm bias. We had one female that would growl and pace when a cougar was near giving my dad a chance to get a gun to protect the livestock. She also treed a cougar once.

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Jimmy38
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Jan 24, 2009

It is up to you & your family. I have a female chocolate lab dog name hershey and she is so good.She is hipper at times if my parents don't come to my house to let her out for awhile to play & let her go potty. I work 40+ hrs a week so at times i can't get home for lunch to let her out myself. I have a friend who has a male golden retriver & is the same way at times. But settles down after 10 minutes or so. My lab does the same thing when my parents or friends come over. Hope this helps you out.

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Cheryl
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Jan 24, 2009

I think you need to consider several things. Are you going to spay/neuter? If not, with females you'll be dealing with heat cycles. (I'm pro spay/neuter myself). Males have the potential of humping even after being neutered (our 11 year old lab still does it-neutered when he was 6 months old). I've had both females and males, and tempermant wise-I haven't seen a difference. Good luck with whatever you decide on. Goldens are just amazing dogs....my favorite breed hands down.

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Anonymous
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Jan 24, 2009

I say female

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Ashley O.
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Jan 24, 2009

I have always been drawn to males over females. Females are very sweet and great pets. But the males always seem more easygoing and less "attitude."

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Dennis S.
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Jan 24, 2009

I never paid too much attention to the sex of the animal. My two major concerns was how the dogs personality meshed with my other animals and how the animal bonded with me.

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