male vs. female
I'm asked this question all the time and it's something that can be difficult to answer. I'm going to give you the general rule for males and females. I have dogs that don't always follow the "gender rolls" though!
Typically in the American Cocker Spaniel, and the majority of other breeds, the females rule the roost over the other dogs. They are often a little more independent and stubborn. They remind me more of cats because they want to be petted and loved on when they want attention. When they have had enough, they will move to the other side of the couch. They can be quite resourceful in getting their own way and are often called little Diva's! Females can be more moody and territorial, but that is often greatly reduced when they are spayed. They are always the first to bark when something is off. Females are usually less distracted during training, which makes them seem easier to train. They are more likely to exercise their dominance with other dogs, but are less likely to wage a dominance battle with you. They are often quicker to mature and act more reserved or dignified as they get older! Many families laugh about their girls being too good to get dirty, while the boys, just like many of our 2 legged boys are always up for a game and some mud!
Males are usually more affectionate, attentive, confident and more demanding of attention. They are often very attached to their family and love to be by your side. Most are more outgoing, goofy and more excepting of other pets. They are easily motivated with food and praise, but they can be easily distracted during training. They love to play and are more puppy like even as an adult. Boys do get a little bigger than girls, but not by much. Neutered boys rarely mark or lift their leg
All of these are just common examples of males vs females. We have found that spaying and neutering minimizes many of the differences between the two. I have girls that love to play and never leave my side, and I have boys that are more worried about what fun the other dogs are getting into. Generally Cockers are happy-go-lucky and always up for a game of fetch. They love to lay with you when you need a relaxing day on the couch, or go out for long walks around the neighborhood. They love being with you and are eager to please. They excel in many activities, but are just as happy to follow your around the house all day. Fill out the questionnaire and tell me more about the temperaments of your other pets and a little about your lifestyle. I just ask that you keep an open mind when choosing a puppy. Each one is going to have it's own unique personality and we don't want you to miss out on your perfect pet because you've heard girls or boys are better than the other. I might be biased, but I don't think you can go wrong with a cocker spaniel :)