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MPB
19th March 2005, 06:49 AM
(Karlin, I looked for a Question catagory - we don't have one, so I'm posting here)

Some of you know me, but I'm trying to get more opinions.

I have a nine year old female Springer Spaniel (Clover) that has just taken over the Alpha role from my late Springer(Dibble) who passed last Dec. Cricket and Clover have from the start gotten along great.

I hope to get a another Cavalier in June and always thought I should stay with females as I've always had them. But I have never had three really active dogs at one time.

Would it be better for me to get a male? I just wish I knew what would be the perfect dynamics in my house.

Karlin
19th March 2005, 11:18 AM
Ask and ye shall receive. :D

I was waiting to see if other categories would cover questions but clearly some don't have homes to go to; hence a new section.

Incidentally I'll ask for feedback from people in a while, once the board has been up and running longer. I'm curious if people want fewer forums, think the divisions are about right, or want more.

As for the dogs:

General advice from dog trainers is to get a male if you have females -- often all of the same sex are more prone to differences then mixed groups. I don't know how that holds for cavaliers. I can sure say I do adore having boys!

rosalie
19th March 2005, 12:18 PM
Hi Mary Pat,

This info is from Mary Grace Eubanks of Pinecrest Cavaliers. "The female is the dominent sex in this breed. The female will always be in charge, but the male will not care. If you end up with 2 alpha females, you will have problems. If you are going to have 2 dogs the best choice is male,male; then female,male; and last would be female,female."

I have 2 males and 2 females. When I had 3 dogs, Angel was definitely the alpha dog and still is. Lilly is a submissive female, so she and Angel have no problem; but she will not take anything off the males when it comes to food.

My 4 get along great. IF I decided to get a 5th dog, heaven forbid, I would get a male. That way, I would not have worry about who is charge.

All of mine are spayed/fixed, but what Mary Grace told me has turned out to be gospel in my case. Hope this helps :D

BonnieB
19th March 2005, 12:40 PM
I have one of each and my male is much sweeter than my female. I think that the males want to please you so much that they are much easier to train.

Donna
19th March 2005, 01:20 PM
You KNOW what I think, Mary Pat but I'll say it again.....you would LOVE having a male! :D

rory
19th March 2005, 06:09 PM
BOY!!! :D You will loooooooooooooooooove a boy, almost as much as he will love you. icon_heartthrob

MaggieM
20th March 2005, 11:51 AM
I'm going with the boy thing too... Izzy and Sophie is sweet, but neither love me as much as Bailey (who is sitting on my lap looking up adoringly as we speak... er type..)

I had much more conflict with Izzy when Sophie came, than with Sophie and Bailey. Izzy is just mean, so there is still conflict with her and Bailey (although they WERE playing the other day). Bailey just doesn't care... he prefers his mommy so the two mean females can just do whatever as long as mommy loves him.

Evan
3rd July 2005, 12:50 PM
i was wondering about that question too - Male or Female

We were edging towards female because supposedly (rememebr supposedly) they fight LESS but i was thinking after reading all of these,

Is this true?
I would love a male cavalier but think my mother would prefer a female because of the above reason. Are the males more loyal and obedient?

Nicki
3rd July 2005, 09:28 PM
MPB - what did you decide???


With Cavaliers, I don't think there's as much difference between the sexes as there is with other breeds.

The boys are more affectionate though, and the wholecolours even more so - the lady whom we had Teddy from, has said that when she retires, she's going to have a B&T and a Ruby, both boys, as they are the most cuddly.

Cavaliers don't usually fight icon_yikes

It's very unusual for them to not get on - and they are usually great with other species too. It's only if they're not socialised with other dogs etc that you get problems.

Both sexes are very loyal - I think the girls proably stay closer to you when out walking - other people may say differently though.

Cathy T
3rd July 2005, 09:29 PM
I don't believe male cavaliers fight in general. My Jake is such a big baby boy. Jake is super loyal to me but I think that is more because he was my first dog. When we got Shelby, she was a little more independent. The only time these two squabble is over bully sticks...and it's always Shelby who's the instigator.

These guys are such lovable and friendly pups. We went to a party last summer where there were, I believe, 80+ cavaliers and these was not one single fight the whole time. Just a very even tempered breed.

Maxxs_Mummy
4th July 2005, 08:01 AM
If a dog growls at Maxx he runs away - Cavaliers tend to get very excited when they see another of the same breed :D

Evan they do say that 'The girls love you, the boys are in love with you' - certainly true of Maxx - he's rarely more than 12 inches away from me :D

Cathy T
4th July 2005, 04:01 PM
If a dog growls at Maxx he runs away - Cavaliers tend to get very excited when they see another of the same breed :D

Evan they do say that 'The girls love you, the boys are in love with you' - certainly true of Maxx - he's rarely more than 12 inches away from me :D

Jake and Shelby will often show no interest in other dogs...until a cavalier comes along.

Yes, girls love you but boys are in love with you. Jake must be near me at all times whereas Shelby is quite content to let me walk out of the room.

Evan
5th July 2005, 07:58 PM
all these answers make me confused now! Only Joking! I don't know which to get but I will be happy with either!

Thanks guys,
I'll post if I have any more questions or news ;)

Jay
7th July 2005, 05:40 AM
I don't know which to get but I will be happy with either!


I have one of each and love them both dearly. Each has his/her own distinct personality. Cavaliers are just sweet dogs, male or female. Best to learn about good vs bad breeders. Once you have found a breeder you can trust, it might be that only a male or a female is available. When I decided to get a cavalier, I really wanted a female tricolor. I have two blenheims. I don't ever regret getting my two, even though the color was not my first choice. Blenheim is NOW my favorite color cavtiny
J.

Maxxs_Mummy
7th July 2005, 10:38 PM
Oh here here Jay, I think we have more to worry about with the breeders than the sex/colour of our babies.

Before I had Maxx I wanted a Blenheim girl. However, 6 yrs ago Cavaliers were very hard to find where I live & it took us 6 mths to even find Maxx. Saying that, we were very choosy about where we got him from!

When we went to see the pups they were five days old and had all been reserved before birth - the lady we bought him from also had a waiting list! she was however, more than willing to let us have one of her precious babies over all the other people as we used to babysit her friends two Cavaliers and she knew how much we spoiled them :lol:

Maxx just wandered over to us when she opened the pen and so it was decided that he picked us and wanted us to be his new family - that's how we ended up with a Tri boy - funny but Tri's are now my favourite with Blenheims second, then Black and Tans and then Ruby's - I have met some very sweet ruby's though :)