Today, there are many people who want to know the difference between male and female retrievers. This typically includes people who want to bring the dog breed home as a pet. From the outset, you wouldn’t find many differences between a male and female Golden Retriever because their physical attributes are pretty much the same. There are only subtle differences that you will notice on close observation.
Nonetheless, there are some differences between a male and female Golden Retriever and we are here to discuss just that. Perhaps the biggest difference between a male and female Golden Retriever in their size. While male Golden Retrievers can reach an average maximum height of 23-24 inches, the numbers for female Golden Retrievers are between 21.5 and 22.5 inches.
The difference in size is not limited to height. Male Golden Retrievers also weigh more than their female counterparts. While the weight of female Golden Retrievers hovers between 55 to 65 lbs, male Golden Retrievers can weigh anywhere between 65 to 75 lbs.
So, when it comes to size, there are small margins that differentiate male Golden Retrievers from Female Golden Retrievers, but these margins are ‘big enough’ to be noticed and accounted for. By now, we know that there are size differences between male and female Golden Retrievers but are there are any other differences between them that we need to discuss? Yes, there are, and we will be looking at them next!
Differences in the Structure of Male and Female Golden Retrievers
What are the structural differences between male and female Golden Retrievers? The former has thicker ruffs, longer coats, broader heads, and more muscles. Compared to their female counterparts, male Golden Retrievers have a far greater mane, with their neck area boasting longer coat. At times, they would like male lions.
On the other hand, there noses and heads of female Golden Retrievers are narrower and compared to male Golden Retrievers, they have a slightly shorter fur. However, this is where the structural differences between the male and female Golden Retrievers end.
Differences in Personality
When it comes to temperament, there is not much difference between male and female Golden Retrievers. However, there are some differences, albeit minimal, between the temperament of a male and female Golden Retriever.
According to R. Ann Johnson, an award-winning breeder and someone with a master’s in zoology, a survival trait associated with their ancestors is often displayed by male Golden Retrievers. What is the survival trait we’re talking about? it is worshipping the leaders of the pack. Where is this behavior seen in today’s male Golden Retrievers? It is seen in their concern for the feelings and moods of their owner. Unlike their male counterparts, female Golden Retrievers don’t go overboard in worshipping the leaders of the pack, which in our case would be the owners. However, this does not mean that female Golden Retrievers are not loving and devoted. It just means that there are less likely to ‘please’ anyone to get their way.
Overall there are not many differences in temperament and personality between male and female Golden Retrievers. Both are equally affectionate, intelligent, and caring. Additionally, they are both kid-friendly and excellent to have as a companion or hunting dog. There are a few differences in behavior though.
Compared to male Golden Retrievers, male Golden Retrievers are more stubborn, independent, and territorial. However, the differences are very subtle which means that both male and female Golden Retrievers are a great pet for the family.
However, if you want more attention, affection, and attachment from your dog, then we would suggest you go for the male Golden Retriever. Also, it is easier to get male Golden Retrievers motivated for an activity by giving them a treat, which makes them easier to train and handle.
Differences in Training
If you believe what websites dedicated to pet dogs have to say, then there are some very clear differences in training a male versus a female Golden Retriever and vice versa. Compared to their male counterparts, female Golden Retriever are apparently a lot to easier to train and keep interested. Male Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, can easily lose interest in training or an activity over time.
Many studies that have been conducted on male and female Golden Retrievers by researchers in different parts of the world give clear evidence that male Golden Retrievers are far more likely to break into the house than their female counterparts. Depending on what you want from your pet dog, this may or may not be a good thing.
Regardless of which gender of the Golden Retriever you bring home, you must train your pet dog to behave in a positive manner or in a way which you want. Not only will training your Golden Retriever help you to get your pet to behave positively, it will also allow to build a strong relationship with it. Also, try to spend as much time as you can with your Golden Retriever. This will have a positive influence on both their behavior and temperament.
An advice would be to use positive training methods and be cheerful and upbeat when training your Golden Retriever some basic commands like sit, stay, and down. You need to do this regardless of the gender of your Golden Retriever.
In the end, we would say that if you are looking for a fun dog to train, the go for the male Golden Retriever. However, if you’re looking for a pet dog that is easier to train, then the female Golden Retriever would be your best option. Having said that, you will have to be on the top of your game to train your Golden Retriever regardless of the gender you choose.
Basically, it will depend on the individual dog and your training skills rather than the gender of the Golden Retriever how well your Golden Retriever pet acts on your commands and behaves in a way which you want it to. To conclude, neither gender has the edge over the other when it comes to training and you will have to bring your ‘A’ game to each training session to get the most out of your Golden Retriever.
Differences in Genitalia
One of the most noticeable and distinctive differences between a male and a female Golden Retriever is their genitalia. For those of you who don’t know what the term means, Genitalia refers to the organs of the reproductive system.
The genitalia of the female Golden Retriever includes the vagina and the vulva while the reproductive organs of male Golden Retrievers include testicles and the penis. These organs of the male Golden Retriever are present near the hind legs. However, there is one similarity in the genitalia of the male and female Golden Retriever: both have nipples. The reason there are nipples on male Golden Retrievers is that these organs develop even before the puppy’s gender is determined.
Perhaps, this is the greatest difference between a male and a female Golden Retriever. Unlike their female counterparts, male Golden Retrievers do not go through an estrus cycle. The estrus cycle in female Golden Retrievers occurs once in every six months. This is the time when female Golden Retrievers are most receptive to their male counterparts for mating.
The female Golden Retriever is fertile during the estrus cycle and can have puppies. This is the time when female Golden Retriever attract male Retrievers and they may even bleed during this time. In case you don’t want to mate your female Golden Retriever, you have the option of ‘desexing’ it which would prevent your dog from going through the estrus cycle and having puppies.
Differences in Health
The first and foremost thing to find out here is the life expectancy of the male Golden Retriever vs. the same of the female Golden Retriever. Well, there is no difference! Both male and female Golden Retrievers have the same life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. However, this does not mean that the risk of disease or illness is the same for both genders.
Male Golden Retrievers are more likely to develop some diseases than female Golden Retrievers and vice versa. Therefore, you’d do well to find out which gender of the Golden Retriever is more at risk of diseases and illness before you decide to get a male or female Golden Retriever.
Our Final Thoughts
While there are only subtle differences between male and female Golden Retrievers, you’d do well to consider the differences between the two before deciding on a gender of the Golden Retriever to pet. If you ask for your opinion, then we would have to say that a neutered male Golden Retriever is a better choice of a pet than a female Golden Retriever. This is because the male Golden Retriever is more likely to get motivated by a treat and is also more likely to show affection, attachment, and care towards you. However, we leave the final decision to you. Good luck!