MALE VS FEMALE... “As a general rule, there are no major personality differences between male and female. Both males and females make great companions and family members. Many people believe that female dogs make better pets. Most calls for a puppy have people wanting a "sweet little girl". They don't think females display alpha behavior like "marking" and/or "humping". They believe that they are docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting for dominance. This couldn't be further from the truth. In the dog pack makeup, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn and territorial than their male counterparts. Most fights will usually break out between two females.
Males on the other hand are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more desiring 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, playful for more years and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food and praise and are so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training because of their playful nature. No matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age. Neutered males rarely exhibit undesirable secondary behavior such as "humping" or "marking" and lifting of legs. Once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors (if they ever existed) will disappear. Boys who are neutered early often don't ever raise their leg to urinate. While females will usually come to you for attention, when she’s had enough she will move away. Boys are always waiting for your attention and stay closer at hand.
Keep an open mind when selecting your puppy. Don't close the door on a puppy because of preconceived notions of it's gender; you may be missing out on a great companion! Either way you go, male or female, if it's a Aussie you can't go wrong. Just keep in mind, every dog, male or female has it's own personality and is unique in every way.
So, before you decide on that age old dilemma of male or female, there are many things to think about. Which ever gender you choose, having an Australian Shepherd is a wonderful addition to your family”