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When I was maybe about 5 years old, before we moved to a farm in Vermont, I thought all dogs are males and all cats are females and that they were the same species, just different looks ::) ???

But when Puff and I meet people, probably 90% of the strangers who comment on her (either to me or their children or companions) use male pronouns ("what's his name?" "can I pet him?" "he's pretty" etc. Occasionally a gender pronoun is left out entirely and I can't remember if anyone has ever, in such a situation, called Puff a her or she.

I'm curious how often other owners of female Labs get the same reaction? Or am I just living in a belt of immature, puerile thinkers?

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UPDATE, As of 9:52 AM on Jul 4th, my crude tallies gave:

Female Lab called "he" ------------------------------23

Male Lab called "she"--------------------------------- 7

People call dogs the gender they're accustomed to ---- 4

Thought all anmals were female ----------------------- 1
 

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Re: Owners of female Labs: Do strangers assume she's a male?

Not really what you asked. But Mambo is called a girl all the time. Even when he has his collar that says I am a boy on. Oh and its blue.

When I was younger I thought all cats where girls.
 

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Re: Owners of female Labs: Do strangers assume she's a male?

I used to think all animals were female. I think it was because they were all so cute.
 

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Yep Boo is ALWAYS called a he and Rush is about 90% of the time. I always ask before so I can at least get the gender right. To me they look female but, they are my girls. :D
 

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Re: Owners of female Labs: Do strangers assume she's a male?

Ellie always gets called a "he".
Even with her faux pink Burbery collar on! ::)
 

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I have witnessed a similar thing here. But overall I find that most people who use a sex pronoun regarding an unfamiliar dog use the one they are most used to. For example, many people have only owned females and are so used to using "she" and "her" that they just use them without thinking. I usually make an obvious comment like "good boy" to Kody if someone assumes he is a girl and they get the hint. ;)
 

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Yes, usually non-lab people use male pro-nouns when talking about my dogs in the same ways you've described..."what's his name?" Most people I run into who own labs usually assume my dogs are all females. Darwin is 22" and about 70lbs. Most people think labs are a large breed and often tell me about the 120lb lab they have at home that comes up to their waist...so to them, my "small" dog must be a female...lol

I don't think much of it because I find it incredibly hard to think of a poodle (of any size) of being a male ;)
 

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Jeep274 said:
I But overall I find that most people who use a sex pronoun regarding an unfamiliar dog use the one they are most used to. For example, many people have only owned females and are so used to using "she" and "her" that they just use them without thinking. I usually make an obvious comment like "good boy" to Kody if someone assumes he is a girl and they get the hint. ;)
I was thinking the same thing as I read this. I notice I say "he" or "him" a lot to other dogs and cats because I have a male cat and dog. I'm used to saying those pronouns. I agree that a good part of the reason is probably people having that gender of an animal.
 

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People think Simba is a boy until I correct them. I think they try to go by their name.
 

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Rookie is always mistaken for a female...Rider isn't.
 

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They get mine all mixed up too people call Mocha him/he and I've had them call Zeus "her"
Mocha always has a purple collar on and Zeus has Blue on I would think they could at least tell by that.
I normally try to ask or I don't use any gender discription.
 

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Dani said:
Rookie is always mistaken for a female...Rider isn't.
Hey his sister was accused of being a male at the beach the other day LOL

In fact both Lily and Rhumba where. Lily in my eyes is very feminine...so I did not get that.
 

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Bob Pr. said:
When I was maybe about 5 years old, before we moved to a farm in Vermont, I thought all dogs are males and all cats are females and that they were the same species, just different looks ::) ???
Me too!

Baloo always gets called a girl. Even when I've corrected people, they usually still use female pro-nouns. ::)

Ah well. I tell him it's 'cause he's so pretty! :-*
 

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Bob Pr. said:
When I was maybe about 5 years old, before we moved to a farm in Vermont, I thought all dogs are males and all cats are females and that they were the same species, just different looks ::) ???
Me too!

Baloo always gets called a girl. Even when I've corrected people, they usually still use female pro-nouns. ::)

Ah well. I tell him it's 'cause he's so pretty! :-*
 

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sorry 'bout the double post... forum still not working great for me. :(
 

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Not usually. People usually say "him/her" and look underneath for the parts on the girls. Nobody mistakes Seamus for a female. His head and body are definitely masculine.
 

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Yes, always. Raven usually wears pink collars or flowered ones and everyone still always says "he". Even my parents, who obviously know she is a girl, still say "he"! I've gotten used to it and don't even correct any more.
 

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Abby is called a "he" all the time too. Even if when talking to people I will say, "Her name is Abby.." Then they still call her a HE.. I've just gotten used to it, I guess.
 

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Re: Owners of female Labs: Do strangers assume she's a male?

Hudler and Maddy are rarely confused with the opposite sex.

Grace however is often called "he", but she looks very masculine.
 
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