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Male or Female Gerbils?

post #1 of 12
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Okay...so here is the question - what is the better sex when it comes to gerbils? Males or females?

I had a female gerbil and she was VERY hyper and disliked being handled.She would come up and lick my hands,but she hated being handled.

I was reading something and it was 50/50.Some people said females were more dominant,yet more calm (mine wasn't) and others said males are the calm ones.One person said males are really hyper.Now I am confused.I only had one gerbil in my life...so I need other opinions.

I may be getting a pair of gerbils in 4-5 weeks.
Someone I been talking to just had a litter of 6 gerbils born this past Sunday and I said I may take a pair.I have a few weeks to decide,but that is why I wanna know if males or females make better pets.

I am thinking along the lines as a pair of males...but I dunno.
post #2 of 12
I never had gerbils but did have male/female hamsters. My male was much better then my sister's female. He was nicer, more friendly, smarter. My sister's hamster would attack the bars when you came close, she was not as smart and tried to bite you.

Granted my boy Peanuts was handled a lot more cause he was nicer

If gerbils are like hamsters - I'd get the male.
post #3 of 12
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I have a male hammie right now and he is a li'l sweetie.
post #4 of 12
Peanuts was probably 3-4 years old when he died during the winter. He was so tame I could take him outside and sit on the ground and let him stuff his little face with clover then bring him back inside.

After he died, I didn't want another hamster cause I felt I could never find one that was as nice as Peanuts was
post #5 of 12
I think you should choose a pair of gerbils based on personality not gender.
I have had many pairs of gerbils over the years, almost all of them have been females so that is my personal preference.
Gerbils are fast and can be hyper but if you are getting them young you can tame them and make them easier to handle.
You can get them used to hand feeding by giving them sunflower seeds and peanuts.
They are also very curious and will come right up to you when you open the cage.
I will warn you that they can jump so make sure that their cage has a secure cover and that when you do handle them make sure you are on a soft surface like a bed or couch in case they do jump.
They also love exercise wheels and those runabout balls, my last pair of gerbils a few years ago loved zipping around in those balls.
Good luck on deciding which ones to choose.
I can't wait to see photos of them.
post #6 of 12
I've had both and really didn't see much of a difference at all
post #7 of 12
i think with gerbs its the same with mice, you pic the one that seems most friendly and calm, gerbils are social so being in a group of 2+ is best
when our male mice are seperated they are just little nippers and not at all bothered about humans
wheras now there grouped together they are more huggy (dont ask how it works im as stumped as the next person)
post #8 of 12
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Haha...I prefered female mice.Yet,I prefer male rats and male hamsters! Haha.It does depend.However since they are young,I can get them used to handling.

I may not get them...I dunno.I want them,but I just had a guinea pig pass away and my cat is still missing...so I am kinda iffy on bringing them home,just because my heart is still healing.I still have a few more weeks,so we will see how I feel when they are weaned.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by 709Juggalette View Post
Haha...I prefered female mice.Yet,I prefer male rats and male hamsters! Haha.It does depend.However since they are young,I can get them used to handling.

I may not get them...I dunno.I want them,but I just had a guinea pig pass away and my cat is still missing...so I am kinda iffy on bringing them home,just because my heart is still healing.I still have a few more weeks,so we will see how I feel when they are weaned.
aww no
ahh i didnt realise they are this young a pair of males or females is a good start, then handle them daily for a few miniutes and make handling longer as they get older

goodluck with the cat
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you.
post #11 of 12
With Gerbils I don't really think it matters on the gender. My sister has had both male and female and they're all very hyper and friendly.
post #12 of 12
I've had several gerbils while growing up, the females made the best pets.
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