Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are wonderful pets that are characterized by their personality and temperament. They are amiable and affectionate dogs with the people around them, especially their owners. In addition, they are excellent with children and the elderly.
When a person is thinking of acquiring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the first decision to be made is whether to choose a male or a female. Although both are very similar, there are small differences. Each one has certain different aspects that can make it more suitable for your lifestyle or not.
Generally speaking, a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is best for families who are willing to give it lots of love and attention a lot of the time. On the other hand, a female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is more independent, and although they also need attention, they prefer to spend time alone.
Let’s see some characteristics to make a clearer decision when choosing between males or females of this breed.
Cavaliers Physical Characteristics
The first thing we should know is that the weight and height of both the male and the female are similar. However, a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is usually slightly larger than a female.
A male of this breed can weigh between 6 kg and 8 kg and measure between 30 cm and 33 cm, while the female weighs between 5 kg and 7 kg and measures between 30 cm and 32 cm. Keep in mind that sometimes a female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be the same size as a male depending on its diet and lifestyle.
It is challenging to recognize males and females of this breed because they are very similar physically. The sexual organs are the easiest and most obvious way to identify the sex of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Another way to identify them is by observing their sexual behaviour. Males of this species tend to develop more rapidly in this regard than females.
An interesting way to recognize a female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is when it is in heat. It usually goes into heat two times a year for 3-4 weeks. In this period, the males will approach the females attracted by a fluid secretion.
Regarding the personality and temperament of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, we can find both differences and similarities in males and females.
They are both very affectionate and friendly towards their human family members. They are good with children and the elderly and are easily trainable to get along with other animals and strangers.
Let’s see some differences:
- A distinguishing characteristic of a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is its aggressiveness. When the females of this species are in heat, a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will behave aggressively towards other males who approach the female.
- As we have said above, male Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to be more attached to their owners than females. They will follow their owners everywhere in the house.
- Males are easier to socialise with than females. In fact, a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may get along with everyone in the family, while a female may not get along with any.
- They love to please their owners. Female Cavalier King Charles Spaniels too, but their desire to please is a little less.
- His level of aggressiveness is lower than that of a male of this breed.
- A female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is more likely to get along with other dogs and animals than a male. However, care must be taken because two females of this type in the same household could create an environment of competition between them.
- The females of this breed are more independent and need to spend more time alone than the males.
- They tend to mature faster than male Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
- They are easier to train in certain facets than males because they are more intelligent.
Even though a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is more energetic, it is more difficult to train because it has a hard time getting and keeping its attention on something. And that is because, as we have said above, the males of this species take longer to mature than the females. For that reason, they tend to be much more distracted.
However, as we have already emphasized, male Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are more willing to please their owners, so we can train them properly if we are patient.
The females are more obedient and less energetic. They are easy to train but could be tricky as they are stubborn and therefore won’t allow anyone to teach them. You have to be very gentle when training female Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; otherwise, they will lose their desire to train.
Sometimes their focus on training is because they want to get out of the session quickly to rest and spend time alone.
There really isn’t one better than the other. The best one for you will be the one that suits your needs and lifestyle.
If you love spending time with your pet and always cuddling, then a male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is better for you, but if you don’t like your pet always attached to you, then choose a female.