I currently have a 2.5 year old female corgi, named Sadie. When we got her we lived with my parents, whom own a female 10 year old rat terrior, Gizmo. Sadie would follow Gizmo around everywhere and they got along really well. Well, now we just moved out and Sadie is the only dog. We are looking into getting another dog, but i have a few questions if anyone can help me out with their experience.We haven't decided on the gender, but know that since Sadie is a tri-colored we do want a red/sable corgi this time!
1. What's the opinions on the female-male or female-female relationships? I have heard varying reasons for both, and I am sure it comes down to each dog's personality, but what are some experiences?
2. Are males easier/harder/about the same to potty-train?
Any additional information would be great!
The general consensus is male/female, male/male, female/female in order of most likely to be a successful pairing. If you do end up with two females I would absolutely make sure that they have complementary personalities, two dominant bitches is just asking for trouble IMO.
I had zero problems potty training either of my male dogs. I personally prefer males but that's just my opinion, I've heard males are more personable where as females are more independent but I have nothing to compare to since I have two boys.
1. All comes down to personality.
2. Nope, some females urine mark too.
Additional info in the FAQ.
Male/female are less likely to compete over things, since in free-ranging packs males and females generally each have their own social rankings. Personality is important and you want to get a new dog whose personality complements your existing dog (if yours is dominant, get a more submissive one, for instance). But most people have the least trouble with male/female. Two neutered males often works. Two females can work, but usually if you hear of someone who has two dogs who want to fight to the death, it's two females.
I find most medium or large dogs easy to potty train. Males have a tendency to not empty their bladders completely, but the nice thing about males is they will almost always pee on the first tall thing they find as adults. No standing in the rain for ten minutes waiting for someone to pee if you have a boy. :-)
If I were to have just one Corgi, it would probably be a male. I find males in general more willing to work for you. The breeder we got our dogs from summed it up as males say "What can I do for you?" and females say "What have you done for me lately?" My male is bossy and more likely to argue than my female, but he's still easier to train because he tries really hard to figure out what I want from him. My female tries really hard to figure out how to get at the treat. :-)
Here is a past discussion on the gender issue that also contains more links to more past discussions: