Why Do Female Dogs Mount Males?

By Tom •  Updated: 10/05/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Mount Males?

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As a pet parent of a female dog, you’ve probably seen your fur baby mount another dog at some point. If not, don’t be too surprised if she does this!

We understand this is a somewhat sensitive topic; however, it’s important to understand why your dog does certain things and if it’s something you need to be concerned about. So, we’ve put together some information together on why female dogs mount male dogs. Let’s get started!

Why Does My Female Dog Mount Male Dogs?

There are several reasons a female dog may mount a male dog, including:

Social hierarchy: female dogs may mount a male dog if she’s trying to show she’s the dominant dog in the house! Both female and male dogs use this behavior for the same reason. However, it’s essential to monitor this activity. If the female is too vigorous in proving her dominance, it could start a dog fight.

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Playing around: another reason a female dog may mount a male dog is that the dogs could be playing together without any sexual overtones. However, dogs that are not well socialized may not understand this sign of play and may become overly excited and anxious. These dogs could interpret the action as an invitation to have intercourse, starting a fight with a female dog who isn’t interested.

Boredom & stress: a female dog that is bored and or stressed from being left alone too much may mount male dogs to relieve her stress and boredom. Mounting can become a compulsive behavior and can interfere with the dog’s normal life.

Getting attention: another reason a female dog may mount male dogs is that they’re trying to get the attention of their pet parents! If a female dog knows this activity will draw attention and she’s feeling lonely or neglected, she will do whatever’s necessary to gain attention. Even negative attention is some kind of attention.

What to Do If Your Dog Compulsively Mounts Male Dogs

If your female dog seems to be mounting male dogs on a regular basis, it’s best to call the vet and make an appointment for your fur baby. Her mounting may be caused by an underlying medical condition such as an infection or even an injury.

Summing It Up

Female dogs mounting male dogs can be a normal behavior done to show who’s the boss or playing around. These are usually not activities to be worried about. However, it’s always best to monitor your dog when she’s mounting a male dog. This activity can lead to a fight if the male dog is not happy with this activity!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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