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Old 06-22-2010, 02:08 PM
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I'd say in my Collies, the girls are by far better athletes and also have a better work ethic.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:09 PM
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I'd say in my Collies, the girls are by far better athletes and also have a better work ethic.
And of course, the odd rear leg formation as they jump to ensure the "boyz" don't hit the bar ...
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:13 PM
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My personal preference is females, however, it's not because they're better at sports or anything, it's just cause that's what I prefer to live with. I'd rather have a "bad at sports" female then a "good at sports" male that I'll have to live with for 15ish years.
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Cider is more drivey and faster. She was harder to get to focus in the beginning though. Smudge is more slow and steady but into mom. I have sadly done way less training with him and we do pretty well more so on the fly as he wants to play with me cause he loves me.

Cider is more competitive, but it means when we goof we goof but good. Smudges goofs are minor but he's not as competitive. Though if I got off my @ss and worked with him more he might become more so.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:20 PM
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I prefer females too. Even though it frustrates me sometimes, i just LOVE Izzie's 'tude. She's a super think for herselfer.

But i've seen both male and female dogs excel at sports, so it's really more about temperament.
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Yes and yes! I don't know what it is about the girls but I just prefer them much more. We've had 8 males and 5 females and I just so love the girls. I'm not going to say I will never have a male dog, I just think the vast majority of my dogs will be female from now on. The rest of my family all prefers males, I think because they're more straightforward.
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I prefer male dogs, LOL. There's really no big personality difference in sexes with shelties, I just like the boys.

I think in some breeds where there is a personality difference between the sexes you could POSSIBLY make a statement about which is better at sports - corgis come to mind, though I know a lot of male corgis running agility, so not really - but I don't think it really matters. Honestly I have met a lot of excellent agility dogs with a lot of different personalities anyway. I do think you can generalize about what makes a good agility dog, but because a dog doesn't have those generalized qualities, it doesn't automatically mean they're NOT a good agility dog... if that makes any sense, LOL.

I agree with the comment Paige's horse trainer made though!
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I think in some breeds where there is a personality difference between the sexes you could POSSIBLY make a statement about which is better at sports - corgis come to mind, though I know a lot of male corgis running agility, so not really - but I don't think it really matters.
*wonders what you've seen in female corgis*

When I got my female corgi, I was cautioned to "hang on" if a corgi bitch ever rolled her eyes at me. That was pretty accurate advice. I adore her, but training was a complete fail. She just had too many other ideas.

I don't think either gender is better, but in some breeds there is a noticeable difference between males and females, and in those, it's going to depend on the owner as to which they work better with.
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When I got my female corgi, I was cautioned to "hang on" if a corgi bitch ever rolled her eyes at me. That was pretty accurate advice. I adore her, but training was a complete fail. She just had too many other ideas.
I had the exact opposite experience with Izzy and Frodo. Izzy was 100% down to do anything I wanted to do and just wanted to please me. Frodo? Hah! He just wants to sniff and pee
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Frodo? Hah! He just wants to sniff and pee

Ahhhh...brings back some memories.
He has potential.
Somewhere.
Really.
I saw it.
For a moment.
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I prefer male dogs, LOL. There's really no big personality difference in sexes with shelties, I just like the boys.
Granted my only male sheltie was Trey and Trey was well... Trey. But Trey was hugely different than my girl shelties. He was so much sweeter and easier going and much much less confident. Nikki especially was a HANDFUL.

The paps don't have too much of a difference but the boys are a little more golden-retrieveresque and happy go lucky. All three of the girls are dog reactive and rather snarky but all our boys have been people and dog loving and bomb proof. The girls? Not so much, lol. I'm sure it could possibly be a coincidence but that's just my experience.
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