Bella is a GIRL!!! Tell THAT to people we meet!

:rolleyes: Why do people I meet when I am with Bella always assume she is a boy. They always say "HE is so cute", or "what a good BOY".:o HELLO, there are no appendages!!! Does anyone out there with female 'Senjis have this problem? I suppose it may be because of the Basenjis natural sleek look, but to me it makes her look elegant. She's all girl to me, so I just don't get it…😕

Actually, I, for some strange reason, have always thought all dogs are males and all cats are females. Its so strange, and makes NO sense, I know.

When I first got Tayda, it took me a while to get used to her being a "she". ha ha.

i wonder if other people do this also. a lot of people just assume both my dogs are "he's" also…

I don't think people really think one gender or another when they meet an unknown dog. I think they just say, "he" in a sort of generic way.
And most aren't going to walk up and look underneath right off the bat.

@JazzysMom:

I don't think people really think one gender or another when they meet an unknown dog. I think they just say, "he" in a sort of generic way.
And most aren't going to walk up and look underneath right off the bat.

Exactly… ggg.... and if neutered they would not be able to tell, especially if not a "doggy" type person....

I think it's a 50/50 chance that people take without seeming rude and looking. Basenjis are smaller dogs and it would be pretty obvious if you were to actually look.

True, now that I think of it… Some people would be embarassed to check out the undercarriage, LOL 😉

Well…doggy people can often tell just by looking at the head. A male dog should have a masculine head in most breeds. Otherwise you say a male looks "bitchy" 😉 and a female should have a delicate head or else she looks "doggy"

i think the general public just guesses 🙂

My three year old solves this issue by telling everyone, as soon as they look at Ariel "this is Ariel…she's a girl...she's a puppy...but she's getting bigger" 😉

True, the males do have the "blockier" heads.

Yeah, but folks who don't know the breed won't know what the head is supposed to look like in the first place.

Ohhh, here's a good one for you guys. I went to the vet and my reg doc was out on a house call so another vet took a look at the baby (Damisi) and said, "Gee, she really has a smooth coat." I was looking at her weird and said, "Um, she has a really good coat." The vet said, "Oh, I was thinking they're a Shiba Inu!" How's that for someone not knowing a breed!!

@JazzysMom:

Yeah, but folks who don't know the breed won't know what the head is supposed to look like in the first place.

Right, but I can look at a breed I don't know, and usually guess if a dog is an intact (or neutered after maturity) male, or a female. Not always, but blockier, bigger heads is a secondary sex characteristic…not just a breed standard.

@nomrbddgs:

Ohhh, here's a good one for you guys. I went to the vet and my reg doc was out on a house call so another vet took a look at the baby (Damisi) and said, "Gee, she really has a smooth coat." I was looking at her weird and said, "Um, she has a really good coat." The vet said, "Oh, I was thinking they're a Shiba Inu!" How's that for someone not knowing a breed!!

hee, hee…funny....

Oh gosh I get Shiba Inu AAAALLLL the time. I try not to get offended but REALLY my dogs are much cuter 😃 😃

Ok GUILTY AS CHARGED…I'm a complete idiot when it comes to figuring out sexes...I try to take a glance at the undercarriage but I'm not always right. So I go with the generic "he" 😞

What's my punishment??!!

@jys1011:

Oh gosh I get Shiba Inu AAAALLLL the time. I try not to get offended but REALLY my dogs are much cuter 😃 😃

Ok GUILTY AS CHARGED…I'm a complete idiot when it comes to figuring out sexes...I try to take a glance at the undercarriage but I'm not always right. So I go with the generic "he" 😞

What's my punishment??!!

Fifty pokes with dagger-like doggy feet in the middle of the night!

Related story…last night was uncomfortably hot in our bedroom...two dogs was way too many to have under the covers. So as I thrashed around, in my sleep deprived haze, I thought that Tim had gotten up to use the bathroom, so I shoved the dogs towards his space (evil, I know)...but apparently I had dreamt that part, because he growled "ow, don't push them into me!" He gave pity to Querk and let him go under the covers on his other side.

Strangely, I kept hallucinating (or maybe it WAS real) that I was getting bitten by mosquitos if my legs were out from under the covers....hmmm..probably more than you wanted to know about my sleep deprived self.....

Oops!

ROFL!!! HAAAA!!!! sounds like you had a rough night!! Maybe a bigger bed & a mosquito net is in order LOL 😃 😃 😃

I can't share the bed with the pooches and a 6'5" GIANT :eek:

@jys1011:

ROFL!!! HAAAA!!!! sounds like you had a rough night!! Maybe a bigger bed & a mosquito net is in order LOL 😃 😃 😃

I can't share the bed with the pooches and a 6'5" GIANT :eek:

Sadly, we have the biggest bed commercially available 😉 Before we remodeled it completely filled our bedroom…and yes, we bought the bigger bed because of the dogs :rolleyes:

And I am amazed (and grateful) that Tim hasn't banished dogs from the bed yet! It is great in the winter...but not so nice in the summer...and with the cost of utilities, I am unwilling to turn on the AC until maybe August this year!

Now...what to do about the mosquitos..I like the idea of a net...but I see dogs tangled and chewing and chasing a net....figures.....maybe I could keep some bats in my room....shuddering at the thought of dog activity that would bring on!

@Quercus:

Now…what to do about the mosquitos..I like the idea of a net...but I see dogs tangled and chewing and chasing a net....figures.....maybe I could keep some bats in my room....shuddering at the thought of dog activity that would bring on!

LOL, I'm shuddering at the thought of the bats!!! Uuugh!

@Quercus:

blockier, bigger heads is a secondary sex characteristic…not just a breed standard.

I know, this is exactly why it seems so obvious to me that Bella is a GIRL (even w/out an undercarriage check)! LOL!!! 😃 😃

I have tried pretty pink collars on Zahra and people still get it wrong. Drives me crazy! LOL!

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