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Old 09-15-2009, 11:26 AM
Kloss Kloss is offline
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HI guys

I'm going to be buying a Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon pup this winter, but I can't decide on a male or female? Any serious temperment, attitude differences between the two? Trainability? Is either easier to housebreak?

Thanks for the advice in advance!

Klos
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:58 AM
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Males for me have tended to be easier to deal with. Don't get me wrong, I have a great female and have hunted over some great females but, there's just something about the males that makes me lean to them. Easier, nicer, mellower, loyal...a buddy! I feel much the same as "wheels" stated in the other thread, I prefer males as well.

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Old 09-22-2009, 09:24 AM
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I am the exact opposite. I prefer females for many of the same reasons.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:43 PM
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I have had both, mulitiple dogs - mostly labs. I think each dog's personality is unique to that animal. In my opinion, males are generally more athletic, stronger, and bigger, but can have a little more attitude. I think the females bond closer, are better with kids (mostly due to smaller size), and are less apt to think with their other end and use thier actual brain. I notice very little difference in drive, birdiness, or a desire to please. The best overall dog I ever owned was a female, but the best specialists (for example - upland game) were males. Again, general observations. First and foremost, pick a good litter with good breeding. That will give you the best odds of getting a good dog. As far as the sex of the pup, go with your instincts and don't second guess yourself later.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:37 PM
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I wouldn't waste any time fretting over the sex of the puppy. Put all of that energy and more into doing research on the breed and then into finding a quality breeder. You should find one that open shares the hereditary defects that are common in the breed and then is able to explain what they do to mitigate the risk. If a breeder tells you that their breed doesn't suffer from any heredity defects, don't waste your time with them.

My wife, daughter and I raise and show English Springer Spaniels. We spend a lot of time with potential puppy buyers, not to convince them to purchase a puppy from us but to confirm that we want to place a puppy with them. If a breeder isn't concerned about you being a quality home for their puppy, you probably don't want a puppy from them. They are in it for the money, and that won't get you a quality dog.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:29 AM
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I use to breed german shorthairs for guys that run field trials. Imo if the parents have the genetics your looking for its all comes to preference. But one thing to look at with females unless you plan on getting her spayed, it can become quit a head ache around bird season if she decides to come into heat. Also if you are buying locale and can see the pups in person get them all out together and watch them real close how they act,play ect... that will tell you alot about their temp,drive,ect
The number 1 rule I always go by when choosing is not to pick a pup by color or markings.

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:56 AM
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We are on our sixth dog now, this has been over a period of fifty five years. Three different breeds male and female. Labs, Vizslas and now a Pudelpointer all of the dogs were house broke by the third day. All were good hunters and had their own style. If you have a nice yard, flowers , shrubs or small trees I would definitly go with a female pup.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:18 PM
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reddog is right on about the males and nice yards. With a little time and patience you can train them to go in a 10-x20 area.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:13 PM
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reddog is right on about the males and nice yards. With a little time and patience you can train them to go in a 10-x20 area.
I have to disagree with the nice yards and males. If you have nice shrubs or flowers that may be correct. If it's just nice green grass, our experience is that female urine seems to be much harder on that.

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Old 10-24-2009, 09:00 PM
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Female.
You let them out and they hunt.
They don't go piss on everything, sniff arses, and start fights ..they go hunt.
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