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Our friends at Cressant Hill Arabians

Our friend, Letta Smith of Cressant Hill Arabians, says, "If you've ever thought about owning one of the most beautiful horses in the world, the Straight Egyptian Arabian is the horse for all your needs!"  Letta has over 25 years of experience; click the logo to visit her website.


"This opinion was taken from a dog breeder with many years experience and shared with me by a friend and mentor, Lisa at Carter Yorkies. Not everything written here is a fact- just an opinion ... a little food for thought!


Many people believe that female Yorkies make better pets...female preference seems to be ingrained in these people. Most of my calls for pet dogs are people wanting a 'sweet girl'. They think they are more docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting over dominance. Well folks, this is not always true.  In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost.  The females are more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are also  more intent upon exercising their dominance.  Males, on the other hand, are usually  affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quickly to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games.The difference between sizes and sexes is minimal, if bred correctly. Neutered males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs.  But once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.


The female will usually come to you for attention.  When she's had enough, she will move away, while boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand.  She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn, or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed.  Seasonal heats can be a problem- not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood. If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed,  since during this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes.   A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait' for days."

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