Everipedia Logo
Everipedia is now IQ.wiki - Join the IQ Brainlist and our Discord for early access to editing on the new platform and to participate in the beta testing.
Doggy style

Doggy style

Doggy style, is a sex position in which a person bends over, crouches on all fours (usually on hands and knees), or lies on their abdomen, for sexual intercourse, other forms of sexual penetration or other sexual activity. Doggy style is a form of a rear-entry position, others being with the receiving partner lying on the side in the spoons sex position[1] or the reverse cowgirl sex position. Non-penetrative sex in this position may also be regarded as doggy style.

Although it is not the most commonly used sex position, it is regarded as the favoured position by men, while the reverse cowgirl position is favoured by women.[2] Between sex partners, the person in the doggy style position is usually passive,[3] while the other partner is active (although sometimes it can be the other way around if the person in doggy position backs up into their partner behind them). Either partner may be the dominant partner or the submissive partner.[3] The submissive partner in the doggy position is open to a variety of additional sexual activities, with the active partner being able to penetrate the vagina, the anus during anal sex, or being in a position to perform oral sex (cunnilingus, fellatio or anilingus), or simply massage the whole body.

History and etymology

In ancient Rome, this practice was known as coitus more ferarum, Latin for "sexual intercourse in the manner of wild beasts".[4] The specific origin of the term doggy style is not known, but is presumably a reference to the initial position assumed by dogs when mating. It is described in the Kama Sutra as the cow position or the congress of a cow,[5] and is listed in The Perfumed Garden.[6]


The posture adopted by the receiving partner resembles lordosis behaviour – a physical posture seen in many female mammals, often when they are ready for sex/mating, the primary characteristic of which is a ventral arching of the spine. During vaginal penetration from behind, the penis may penetrate deeper into the vagina, reaching preferential contact with the posterior wall of the vagina and probably reaching the posterior fornix; while in the missionary position, it is in preferential contact with the anterior wall of the vagina and the tip of the penis can reach the anterior fornix.[7]

In this position, the receiving partner implicitly gives the active partner a carte blanche over their body. Besides other potential sex acts, the active partner may also massage or stimulate the receiving partner's erogenous zones, such as the genitals, nipples, buttocks, administer a spanking,[1][8] or introduce a sex toy, such as a dildo or vibrator, into the vagina or anus. The doggy position may be erotic or sexually provocative for participants.[9]

Advantages and disadvantages

Doggy style is a less physically demanding sex position and may be a preferred sex position if either partner has back issues or some other medical conditions.

During doggy style, the scrotum sometimes provides friction to the clitoris, thus possibly producing an orgasm or sexual stimulation in the woman.[10][11] For some women, doggy style sex helps to stimulate an area that may be termed "the G-spot". However, this position may offer only minimal stimulation of the clitoris; so some women may require manual stimulation to achieve orgasm. Some men may, however, be able to stimulate the clitoris simultaneously with the penis and the scrotum respectively during doggy style sex.[11]

Some women may feel vulnerable in this position, as it requires and implies a level of trust and a surrender of control by the receiving to the active partner.[12] However, some women find this transfer of control to the partner arousing.

According to the book Sexual Pleasure by Barbara Keesling, many established couples find doggy style relationship-affirming.[12]

Some consider doggy style sex unromantic.[1] The position is considered by some to be less intimate because eye contact and kissing are more difficult.

As a theme in art

Doggy style has been known in most cultures in all times, and has been depicted in art:

  • Pompeian Styles

  • Pompeii - Osteria della Via di Mercurio

  • Kama Sutra

  • Utamaro, 1799

  • Peter Johann Nepomuk Geiger

  • Édouard-Henri Avril - Hadrian and Antinous in a doggy style position

  • Achille Devéria (1800-1857) a couple having doggy style sex

See also

  • Animal roleplay

  • Pegging


Citation Linkbooks.google.comNilamadhab Kar; Gopal Chandra Kar (2005). Comprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-8180614057. Archived from the original on 27 June 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkwww.colombialink.com"The Missionary Position". Sexual Health Center. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgComfort, Alex; Quilliam, Susan (2008). The Joy of Sex. London: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1-84533-429-1.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkbooks.google.comRobert J. Campbell (2009). Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-19-534159-1.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkwww.kamasutra-sex.orgThe Kama Sutra, as given at "CHAPTER VI". The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana. Kamasutra-sex.org. 1883. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgThe Perfumed Garden. Park Street Press. pp. 38–41. ISBN 978-0892814435.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkwww-psych.stanford.eduA. Faix; J. F. Lapray; O. Callede; A. Maubon; K. Lanfrey (2002). "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Sexual Intercourse: Second Experience in Missionary Position and Initial Experience in Posterior Position" (PDF). Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 28: 63–76. CiteSeerX doi:10.1080/00926230252851203. PMID 11898711. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgRogiere, Jean, The Little Book of Sex. Ulysses Press, 2001. ISBN 1-56975-305-9, 96 pages.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linktoday.msnbc.msn.comLaura T. Coffey (23 September 2009). "Do high heels empower or oppress women?". TODAY msnbc.com.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgJanssen, Erick, Nicole Prause, and James H. Geer. "The sexual response." Handbook of psychophysiology (2007): 245-266
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkbooks.google.comJones, Richard (2013). Human Reproductive Biology. Academic Press. p. 74. ISBN 9780123821850. The rear-entry position of mating may allow the scrotum to stimulate the clitoris and, in this way, may produce an orgasm ...
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkarchive.orgKeesling, Barbara (1993). Sexual Pleasure: Reaching New Heights of Sexual Arousal & Intimacy. Hunter House Publishers. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-89793-148-9.
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkweb.archive.orgComprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkweb.archive.org"The Missionary Position"
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkbooks.google.comCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkweb.archive.org"CHAPTER VI"
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkwww.kamasutra-sex.orgThe Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkweb.archive.org"Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Sexual Intercourse: Second Experience in Missionary Position and Initial Experience in Posterior Position"
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkciteseerx.ist.psu.edu10.1.1.496.11
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
Citation Linkdoi.org10.1080/00926230252851203
Sep 30, 2019, 4:08 PM