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Ask A Vet: Do Female Dogs Enjoy Mating? (Updated 2023)

Do Female Dogs Enjoy Mating

Female dogs in heat may hump excessively.

They’ll also actively look for a mate and try to escape the house.

So if you have a female pooch…

You might be concerned about why they do it.

And if they feel any pleasure when breeding.

Continue reading to find out:

  • If female dogs enjoy mating.
  • The truth behind female canines and orgasm.
  • 4 stages that female dogs experience while in heat.
  • And more…

Do female dogs enjoy mating?

Female dogs don’t enjoy mating. They’re only driven by instincts to breed. This is due to the surge of sex hormones called ‘estrogen’ and ‘progesterone’ while they’re in heat. Also, while mating, canines usually get stuck with each other at the end. And it can be painful, especially for female dogs.

When our furry friends aren’t in heat, most of them won’t allow males to mount them.

And this could even happen during the 1st phase of their cycle. 

You might also want to know: 17 Tips On What To Do When Your Dog Is In Heat (& Bleeding)

3 reasons why female dogs don’t enjoy mating

#1: It’s mainly caused by hormones

Most animals mate due to instincts.

They don’t need to watch or learn anything to know how to breed.

And it’s also the same case in giving birth.

So you can also say that female dogs reproduce not because they enjoy it.

But because it comes naturally to them.

And usually, they don’t allow male Fidos to mount them once they’re not in heat.

Now you might ask…

“How’s that possible?”

It’s all due to sex hormones.


First, when a female dog’s in heat, their ‘vulva’ or private part swells.

This is caused by the surge of hormones called ‘estrogen.’

And it’s responsible for the changes in their behavior.  

Then, the female pooch will also release a bloody discharge.

That fluid contains hormones and ‘pheromones.’

The latter’s a substance that’s invisible to the naked eye.

But dogs have a 2nd nose, a.k.a. Jacobson’s organ. Which lets them detect chemical signals like pheromones.

Now to male Fidos, the discharge will smell attractive

So they’ll react out of instincts too. As if the switch to mate has been turned on.

And this helps female dogs draw males and find a mate.

Luteinizing hormone (LH)

Aside from estrogen…

A study says that female dogs also produce luteinizing hormones, a.k.a. LH.

This usually happens on the 10th day of heat.

It’s a hormone released from the brain. And it plays a role in the sexual development of female Fidos.

During the first 7-10 days…

Female dogs in heat won’t let males mount them.

They’ll act aggressively toward male dogs.

But you may see them hump stuffed toys, your leg, or anything they see.

However, a non-sexual reason is often the reason for this. Say excitement or poor socialization.

Thus, it usually has nothing to do with mating. As well as female dogs enjoying the act.

Female Dogs Don't Enjoy Mating Because Of Hormones Such as Progesterone

Then after less or more than 18 days…

The estrogen levels in female dogs will drop.

As this occurs, there goes the rise of another hormone called ‘progesterone.’

“What does it do?”

It prepares their body for a possible pregnancy.

Also, based on vets, it improves the effects of estrogen on a dog’s brain.

And that makes female canines show more obvious signs of heat, like:

This next stage is known as ‘estrus.’

It’s the phase wherein the female dog’s already fertile.

So she now allows breeding with their chosen male Fido.

#2: It could be painful

Next, if done properly, mating’s usually painless.

But if things don’t go well…

It can bring a huge discomfort to both dogs.

This could be due to mismatched sizes of sex organs.

Say breeding a female Chihuahua and a male Great Dane.

Also, the mating process needs dogs to stand for a long time.

So that, along with the mounting and humping…

Makes breeding a painful experience for a female dog. 

Especially if she’s aching due to a condition. Like hip issues, tumors, or injuries.

Now, if the mating’s successful

There will be a ‘copulatory tie’

It’s when the back ends of dogs are stuck together.

This happens when the male Fido’s penis swells during mating.

Due to it, the female hound’s vagina tightens. Which locks the male organ inside for a while.

Usually, it lasts from 10-30 minutes, as per experts.

And it sure is an awkward time for them as they can’t do anything but patiently stand.

It won’t be easy to break the tie. So you mustn’t force it, as it’ll be painful for the dogs.

However, you may help them unstick if it has been more than 1 hour.

If everything’s well, this process won’t harm both canines.

But if it’s the female dog’s 1st time…

She may panic once they’re tied together.

Then she’ll try to run away, which can hurt her further.

Female dogs might also do it if they’re uncomfortable. And some could even cry during mating.

Continue reading: 13 Things You Can Expect From A Female Dog After Mating

#3: It’s stressful

Lastly, mating can also stress a female dog.

This is common if it’s their first time to undergo heat and breed.

But besides this, the male Fido might be anxious as well.

And it affects the female dogs during the process.

Can female dogs orgasm?

Female dogs don’t orgasm. There’s no study on canines that proves this yet. Also, they mate differently from humans, so experts believe they don’t get pleasure from it.

However, a report says that all female mammals have a ‘clitoris.’

And this is the part where it gets confusing.

Clitoris is a sensitive part of the female genitalia.

It’s connected to orgasm. Or the peak of sexual excitement in women.

And based on research, female dogs have it near the entrance of their private parts.

Thus, some people think a canine may also have orgasms while mating.

But since there’s still no evidence for this…

It might only make mating tolerable for female dogs. Instead of a pleasurable one.

The sex hormones urge them to breed.

So female canines will act on their instincts. 

Allowing male Fidos to mount them. And will stand still as they’re stuck to each other.