When you’re trying to decide on whether to get a male or a female Yorkshire Terrier, there are certain things you should consider. If you already have a dog at home, there may be less conflict when introducing a new dog if your Yorkshire Terrier is of the opposite sex. There will usually be less competition with a mix of genders than a male-male or female-female combination.

Next, consider who will the be primary caregiver for, and companion of, the animal. Yorkshire Terriers are often attracted to humans of the opposite gender. A woman who selects a female Yorkshire Terrier may find that the new puppy binds to her husband. Breeders often sell a second dog to couples where this happens.

Choosing a male or female Yorkshire Terrier should also be determined by the amount of time and attention you are able to give to your new companion. Males are generally more affectionate and will want to spend more time with you. They may also more active and curious. Training a male Yorkie can be challenging at times, as they want to play instead, and training should be taken in slow steps.

Female Yorkshire terriers also are quite affectionate, as is typical in this breed, however, they will decide when they’ve had enough affection and walk away. Females may also be moody at times and crave more solitude. Some people have reported that it is slightly more difficult to housebreak a female Yorkshire terrier because of their independent natures.

While people can predict some behavioral trends based on gender, the behavior and personality of each Yorkshire Terrier is unique. Choosing a male or female Yorkshire Terrier may come down to finding the dog of your dreams, regardless of their gender. If you’re lucky, a puppy will extricate itself from the squirming puppy pile, walk over, and introduce itself to you. When you’ve been selected by a puppy, it doesn’t really matter what gender he, or she, is.