It used to be I favored only males,as I really believed they were the "lovers" of the two. Then after having females and males after many years Ive decided that its just the individual dog,cat. .I believe now its their personalites and how they are treated as to how loving they are!
Well I always had females, I had two female Dobermans at different times and they were delightful and very cuddly. I then later adopted a Rottie, male, and he was adorable, cuddly ( I loved his bear hugs on the sofa). Now I have the cuddly king, Scooby, male. I have to say that in most instances it is all in the upbringing, you give love and it is returned twofold from a Maltese, or any breed for that matter. I guess what I am trying to say is give love and you get it back no matter what gender.