A reader called this past week to ask if she should get a male or a female puppy.
I hesitate making such choices because each person is different and so are the puppies. I 've had four standard schnauzers and three of them were female because I had seen males in the show rings stressing their burly handlers as each tried to establish their dominance among all the other dogs showing.
Yet each female had a different personality. The first was dominant and protective, butlearned self-control to the point I was able to walk her off lead directing her with verbal commands.
The second was so laid back that the world could have stopped rotating and she would have shrugged and continued what she was doing.