Many people wonder if there are fundamental behavior and temperament differences in a male VS a female Yorkie. Some feel that a female may make for a better pet than a male. This conclusion is usually based upon inaccurate information and false misconceptions. Therefore, we feel this is an important topic to be explained.
We will take some of the common misconceptions of male VS female Yorkie behavior and discuss what we have actually experienced. In talking about the difference of the two genders, we will be speaking in terms of generalizations. The overview of female and male Yorkie traits are like that of generalizations of female and male human qualities. For every generalization there are always exceptions.
False Belief: Female Yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate that males
Male Yorkies are just as affectionate, lively, and attentive as female. Both genders seek your attention and are very attached to their owners. Sometimes males are a bit less moody (particularly when neutered) however this does not mean that a female will be moping around... the heat cycle can bring about hormonal changes that can affect mood somewhat...She may want to rest a bit more, not be as active during certain days...or perhaps seem a bit distance...However this does not happen with all females, and either gender will display real emotions: happiness, displeasure, boredom, excitement, etc.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a very affectionate, loving dog who craves attention. One thing to keep in mind is that a female Yorkie may be more upfront in order to get her own way. This can be an endearing trait and certainly can be handled with a bit of proper training.
Sometimes a male may try to establish themselves as the “Pack Leader” more often than a female. In either case, training should be implemented to show either gender who is truly (lovingly) in charge. And that is you, if you are wondering!
Generally speaking, female dogs may usually come to you for attention (quite a lot!), but as soon as she has had enough, she will move away. The male dog may be more prone to always waiting for your attention and staying very close by to receive it.
False Belief: Female Yorkies are more submissive than Males
In the dog’s pack group (this is the group containing both human and canine family members), females usually like to try and be in charge. Do we blame them? They are precious and do deserve to be spoiled! Both males and females can try to establish the pack order themselves, and this can be addressed by implementing training to show that you are the true pack leader!
Female dogs may be more independent and territorial than males, this may have to do with their "nesting instinct". If you have more than one dog, there is no difference between the male Yorkie or female Yorkie in regard to getting along with other dogs and pets.
False Belief: In Male VS Female Yorkies, the Male is Easier to Train
There is absolutely no difference in the success of training a male or a female Yorkshire Terrier. No difference at all. Success depends quite a bit on the time, effort and patience that an owner dedicates to this.
False: Female do not display alpha behaviors such as “humping” and/or “marking”.
Any gender may mark if they feel they have a reason to do so. In regarding to humping, a male may do this…and on the other hand a female goes through heat cycles. Therefore, no matter which gender you choose, there will be certain issues. Both issues can be stopped by spaying or neutering your dog.
No matter what a person has heard or read about dogs, both the females and males are Yorkies! This means that they will have the personality and traits of this particular breed. What does this truly mean? This means that you will have a dog who loves attention, loves you with all of their heart, wants to please you, is the perfect size for an indoor dog and will be a loyal and full-of-personality canine companion for their entire life.
A Must-Have for Any Yorkie Owner:
Introduction to Home & Family
Why the Name you choose is so Important
Puppy Care with Socialization, Training and Odd Behaviors
24 Yorkie Behavior Issues
36 Yorkie Health Issues
Every Female Issue You Must Know About
Breeding, Pregnancy, Aftercare, Newborns
Information only the Pros Know (But don't give out)