Are Male and Female Poodles Different? You Betcha!

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Male poodles vs female poodles: which is better and which should you choose? 

Some people say that male poodles are more affectionate and playful than female poodles, due to their intense desire to please their owners. 

Others claim that female poodles are more independent and stubborn than their male counterparts, making them better suited for experienced dog owners of shapes and sizes. There are both male and female poodles, but there are some distinct differences between the two sexes. 

So which one should you choose?

The answer to this question may depend on your individual preferences, as both male and female poodles have their own unique qualities. However, many people consider male poodles to be more masculine in appearance, making them a popular choice for those who are looking for a dog that is both stylish and tough.

Female poodles, on the other hand, are often considered to be more elegant and feminine in appearance, making them a good choice for families with small children. They are also known to be very intelligent dogs that are easy to train, which can make them good pets for first-time dog owners.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to get a male or female poodle is up to you.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the key differences between male and female poodles

Size: Male Poodles Are Typically Larger Than Female Poodles.

There is a general consensus among poodle owners and experts that male poodles are typically larger than female poodles. In fact, the AKC standard for the breed describes the ideal male poodle as being “16 inches and over at the shoulder” while the ideal female is “14 inches and over at the shoulder.”

There are a number of theories as to why this might be. One theory is that it has to do with hormones; since testosterone makes dogs bigger, it’s thought that males have more of this hormone than females. Another theory is that it’s simply a matter of genetics – male poodles tend to come from larger litters than female poodles, so they’re naturally going to be bigger.

Male Poodles Are Typically Larger Than Female Poodles

 Whatever the reason, most people agree that there is a noticeable size difference between male and female poodles.

The average male poodle weighs around 60-70 pounds, whereas the average female poodle weighs 40-50 pounds. Male poodles are typically larger than female poodles, although there is a fair amount of variation within each sex.

Poodle size can also vary depending on the breeders’ preferences and the dog’s lineage, but these are generalizations to help you understand the difference in size.

Appearance: Male Poodles Often Have a More Masculine Appearance, While Female Poodles Are Often Considered More Feminine.

A close-up of a purebred Miniature Poodle dog.
A close-up of a purebred Miniature Poodle dog.

The physical appearance of male and female poodles differs in a number of ways. Male poodles are often considered more masculine in appearance, while female poodles are often considered more feminine. This is most likely due to the different shapes of their heads and ears. 

Male poodles have larger, blockier heads with more pronounced cheekbones and narrower ears. Female poodles have smaller heads with a more rounded shape and wider, floppy ears. Male poodles also tend to be taller and heavier than female poodles.

Temperament: Male and Female Poodles Can Differ in Terms of Their Temperament.

Male and female poodles can differ in terms of their temperament. 

Male and Female Poodles Can Differ in Terms of Their Temperament

Female poodles are typically considered more loyal and affectionate than male poodles, which can be more independent. 

Female poodles are also often more willing to please their owners, while male poodles may be less likely to do so. 

Male and female poodles may also differ in terms of their intelligence; female poodles are sometimes considered to be more intelligent than male poodles. 

However, these gender differences in temperament and intelligence are not absolute, and there is a great deal of variation between individual dogs of both genders.

Male poodles have a strong urge to urinate when they travel and explore new territories. This is in order to mark their territory and let other dogs know that this area is occupied by a male. Female poodles do not typically have the same urge and will only urinate when necessary. 

This is one of the ways that you can distinguish between male and female poodles.

Activity Level: Male and Female Poodles Also Tend to Differ in Terms of Their Activity Level.

Close-up Of Two Toy Poodles Fighting For A Toy
Close-up Of Two Toy Poodles Fighting For A Toy

When it comes to poodles, there are a lot of generalizations that can be made about the two sexes. Generally speaking, male poodles are more active than female poodles. 

This isn’t always the case, of course – there are certainly plenty of lazy female poodles and hyperactive male poodles out there. But on average, males will be more inclined to get up and move around than females.

There are a few reasons why this might be the case. For one, male dogs in general tend to be more active than females. And while all poodles are bred to be active dogs, males may have a bit more of that instinctive energy than females.

Additionally, many owners will inadvertently encourage their male dogs to be more active by playing fetch or taking them for walks more often than they do their female dogs.

There are many benefits to owning a well-trained and exercised poodle. Not only will your poodle have a calm disposition, but he or she will also be less prone to developing behavior problems

In order to achieve this, however, the exercise needs to be enough to burn off the naturally high levels of energy that poodles possess. If this is not done, your dog may become restless and destructive.

Poodles of all sizes are high-strung, but smaller ones and miniatures are more fragile

The smaller dogs may be more prone to anxiety and nervousness because of their size. They are also more active and have higher energy levels, which can lead to them being less calm. On the other hand, the larger standard poodles may be more prone to laziness and obesity.

Behavior: Are Male or Female Poodles More Likely To Behave Badly?

When it comes to the question of whether male or female poodles are more likely to behave badly, there is no clear answer. In fact, there is no definitive evidence that either sex is more prone to bad behavior than the other. 

However, some people may believe that male poodles are more likely to be naughty because they are often seen as being more active and energetic than female poodles. 

Conversely, others may think that female poodle are more likely to be naughty because they can be temperamental and high-maintenance. 

Ultimately, it is hard to say for sure which sex is more likely to misbehave. What matters most is how you raise your dog and how you handle any behavioral issues that may arise. If you take the time to properly train and socialize your dog, then chances are he or she will not engage in any bad behavior.

Are Male or Female Poodles More Likely To Behave Badly

When it comes to poodles, male dogs are more independent of their owners than female dogs. This is especially true when it comes to bonding; a male dog is more likely to bond with one person instead of the entire family. 

In fact, some people even refer to male poodles as “velcro dogs” because they tend to stick close by their owner’s side.

There are a few reasons for this tendency. For one, male poodles are often less independent than female poodles and rely more on their human companions for guidance and support. They can also be quite sensitive and prone to feeling insecure, which makes them more likely to attach themselves emotionally to one person. 

Plus, since they are typically smaller in size than female poodles, they may feel safer sticking close to their human caregiver.

Cost: Male and Female Poodles Also Tend to Differ in Terms of Cost.

There is a general consensus that male poodles are more expensive than female poodles. While there are many factors that can contribute to this disparity, the most commonly cited reason is that males tend to be larger in size than females. This means that they require more food, veterinarian care, and grooming. 

In addition, because of their size, male poodles are often used as working dogs in law enforcement or search and rescue roles, which commands a higher price tag. 

Some argue, however, that the cost difference between male and female poodles is not as significant as people believe it to be. They claim that with proper nutrition and care, either gender can grow to a large size.

When it comes to the cost of poodles, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the price of a male poodle and a female poodle. I found the cost of both female and male poodles to be around the same price. Of course, this can vary depending on where you live, and the breeder you get your dog from. But overall, I didn’t see much of a difference in price between the two genders. 

Reproduction: Female Poodles Are Capable of Giving Birth, While Male Poodles Are Not.

When it comes to giving birth, male poodles are not capable of doing so. Female poodles, however, are able to give birth without any issues. This is because female poodles have a womb, while male poodles do not.

In fact, if a male poodle were somehow, with a little magic and science was to get pregnant, the pregnancy would likely end in a miscarriage. This is because the male’s body is not designed to carry and deliver puppies.

Diseases: Are There Any Diseases That Are Particular to One Gender and Not the Other?

There are many diseases that are particular to one gender due to the organs that are unique to that gender. For example, male poodles are more prone to prostate cancer than female poodles. This is because the prostate gland is only found in males and is responsible for producing semen. Females do not have a prostate gland, so they are not as prone to this type of cancer. 

Another example is ovarian cancer. This type of cancer is more common in females than males because the ovaries are only found in females. The ovaries produce eggs and release hormones into the body. Males do not have ovaries, so they are not as prone to ovarian cancer.

With that being said, both female and male poodles are prone to diseases such as Bloating, Hip Dysplasia, etc. These are the diseases that poodles are genetically prone to, irrespective of the gender of the dog.

Lifespan: Which of the Two Lives Longer?

Senior Woman with an Old Black Poodle Dog
Senior Woman with an Old Black Poodle Dog

When it comes to lifespan, male and female poodles both live around the same years on average. However, there are some key differences between the two when it comes to health and wellness.

Overall, both male and female poodles have similar life spans – but there are some key things that owners need to be aware of when it comes to their health.

While you cannot do much when it comes to drastically extend a poodle’s lifespan, there are certain things you can do for each gender to prolong their lifespan as much as possible.

USA Today published a report that found that in states that have the highest rates of spayed and neutered dogs, those dogs also live the longest lives. 

Researchers believe this is because when dogs are spayed or neutered, their risk of developing cancer is reduced. 

According to the report, male poodles who are neutered lived on for an average of 18% longer than their non-neutered counterparts. 

Similarly, female poodles who are spayed live on for an average of 18% longer than poodle females who haven’t been spayed. This data supports the belief that spaying and neutering help dogs live longer, healthier lives.

There can be some debate regarding the issue of spaying and neutering, however, it is overwhelmingly clear that spaying eliminates the chance of a female dog getting pregnant and neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer in males. 

In addition to these health benefits, spaying and neutering can help control the pet population.

Conclusion: In the End, It Is Important to Do Your Research Before Getting a Poodle and to Choose

When it comes to poodles, one of the most important decisions you will make is whether to get a male or female. Some people believe that there are key differences between the two, but is this really the case?

The truth is that, when it comes down to it, both male and female poodles have their own unique qualities. However, there are a few things you should consider before making your decision.

For starters, think about what you want your dog to do. If you’re looking for a show dog, then a male might be the better choice – they tend to be more consistent in their appearance than females. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a family pet or companion animal, then a female might be better – they often make better house pets since they are more tolerant of children and other animals.

In conclusion, it is important to do your research before getting a poodle and to choose the right breeder. Not all breeders are created equal, and you want to make sure you are getting a healthy, well-socialized dog from a reputable source. By doing your homework, you can ensure that you and your new furry friend will be happy for years to come.

By Nancy Williams

Hi! My name is Nancy Williams, and I'm a poodle owner. I started PoodleGo because I was tired of not being able to find high-quality information about how to care for my poodle. I wanted to help others who were also frustrated with the lack of good poodle information on the internet. I spend every spare moment reading about poodles, talking to other poodle owners, and learning more about best practices for caring for my dog. I love seeing a healthy, well-groomed, happy poodle—and hope that my site will help you get there!

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