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Author:  Wolfmoon [ Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:50 pm ]
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Hi all,

I have recently bought my first Lacy. The litter is scheduled for the end of June. I have given a deposit for a male pup. However, I'm having second thoughts about the male and considering a female. We have never had a female dog in the family.

What are the Pro's and Con's on Lacy females vs male dogs? I don't want to come across stereotypical and I know males are bigger and possible stronger. However, If you had one dog, should the sex of an aggressive hunting dog really matter?

Thanks!

Author:  robby [ Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:59 pm ]
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Welcome! It is really just a matter of preference, I tend to see more dog aggression in the males, and the need to "mark" everything! A lot of people will say that the females take longer to really turn on. But as far as working ability I have seen great dogs male and female.

Author:  Wolfmoon [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:37 am ]
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robby wrote:
"the need to "mark" everything!"


That's what's burning men out with the male dogs.

Thank you for your reply.

Ray

Author:  Courtney [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:42 am ]
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I agree with Robby. Some of the best trackers and hog dogs I've seen were females.
We've had two male dogs and one female and I don't think I want another male. The territorial behavior is just a pain.

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:01 am ]
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I prefer female dogs for the reasons that Robby stated, and I've also heard of lots of female dogs being great trackers. That being said, the best hog hunting dogs in our "pack" are the males.

Author:  Fred R. [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:28 am ]
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I prefer the females as well, however, my male is a better tracker than my female...If you do pick a male and are not interested in breeding him, you can always have him neutered EARLY and take care of the "marking" issue...

Author:  Wolfmoon [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:32 pm ]
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Thanks all, great information from real life experience's.


Fred,

After weighing the benefits, I don't plan on breeding and was actually wondering today if neutering could be an option. Now knowing that it could be and since all the females in this litter are spoken for, neutering could work for me. Otherwise, since I've given my deposit, I would have to wait for the next litter. Which I don't mind doing, since it sounds like a female or male will work for me.

On a side note, I guess I waited too long to neuter in the past, because after neutering my last dog, he never skipped a beat.

Thanks again,

Ray


Fred R. wrote:
I prefer the females as well, however, my male is a better tracker than my female...If you do pick a male and are not interested in breeding him, you can always have him neutered EARLY and take care of the "marking" issue...

Author:  Fred R. [ Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:19 pm ]
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I would talk to your vet...he can tell you when the best time to neuter is...make sure you tell him your goal is to have a dog that is not a "marker"...i'd say 5-6 months of age should be soon enough...you want to get it done BEFORE hormones trigger the need to urinate...some vets don't like "micro" surgery so they may wait a little longer...

Good Luck!!!

Author:  Bluedog [ Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:21 am ]
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I agree with all said above, however the only problem I have with neutering a male at such a young age is what if your hound turns out to be a great hunter and very striking in appearance, it would be a shame not to be able to pass those traits along....just sayin

Author:  Courtney [ Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:18 am ]
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I waited almost 3 years to have Ace neutered for the reasons Bluedog mentioned. Ace was very territorial and dominant. I had him neutered and it was like having a different dog - in a good way. He became more focused on work and a much better hunter. He became more responsive to training and less territorial. Marking and humping pretty much left the picture.
I'm sure it's different for every dog but we had good results with neutering later in life.

Author:  jtslush [ Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:47 pm ]
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My female is a great tracker, I have no experience with a male. She has been a lot of work behavior wise and is still a work in progress. Timid with strangers and some possession issues.

Author:  CAMO [ Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:52 pm ]
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Justin sounds like she is coming along ok !!!

Author:  jtslush [ Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:21 pm ]
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Definitely John,

She has come a long way. I think alot of the issues I had were growing pains. Lots of patience and hard work.

Author:  Wolfmoon [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:53 pm ]
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Thank you all for the helpful information.

Jake is one week old today, the family is very excited to say the least.

We pulled Reno, our last dog from the litter when he was between 7 and 8 weeks old and for the exception of marking, he made an awesome companion. I'm thinking about doing the same with Jake.

Thanks again,

Ray

Author:  Courtney [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:40 pm ]
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Be sure to post lots of pictures!

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