Doggy style

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This article is about the sexual position. For the album by Snoop Dogg, see Doggystyle. For the song by Krokus, see To Rock or Not to Be.
Not to be confused with Dogging (sexual slang).
Doggy-style position depicted by Peter Johann Nepomuk Geiger

Doggy style, also spelled doggie style, is any sex position in which a person bends over, crouches on all fours (usually on hands and knees), or lies on their stomach, for sexual intercourse, other forms of sexual penetration or other sexual activity. Doggy style sex is a form of a rear-entry position, the other being with the receiving partner lying on the side in the spoons sex position.[1] Non-penetrative sex in this position may also be regarded as doggy style sex. Between sex partners, the person in the doggy style position is passive or submissive,[2] while the other partner is active or dominant. The passive partner is open to a variety of sexual activities, with the active partner being able to penetrate the vagina, or anus during anal sex, as well as being in a position to perform oral sex (cunnilingus, fellatio or anilingus).

History and etymology[edit]

Ancient Roman oil lamp depicting doggy style position

In ancient Rome, this practice was known as coitus more ferarum, Latin for "sexual intercourse in the manner of wild beasts".[3] 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,[4] and is listed in The Perfumed Garden.[5]



The posture adopted by the receiving partner resembles lordosis behavior – 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.[6]

The active partner may also massage or stimulate the receiving partner's erogenous zones, such as the genitals, nipples, buttocks, or administer a playful spank to the buttocks,[1][7] 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.[8]


Most doggy style entry positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. There are several forms, including:

Classic doggy style
The receiving partner is on all fours with his/her torso near-horizontal and the legs slightly ajar, while the active partner is either standing or on his/her knees behind with the receiving partner's buttocks between or against his thighs.[1] The active partner can hold the receiving partner firmly by the waist or buttocks while penetrating the vagina from behind or the anus with his penis. In this position the receiving partner's hands are used to maintain balance, while the penetrating partner's hands are free to massage or stimulate the receiving partner.
With the penis inside the vagina, the active partner can bring the receiving partner's thighs together to tighten the pressure on the penis, or the receiving partner can bring his/her thighs together.
Leapfrog position
The receiving partner may angle his/her torso downwards, resting on the elbows or upper arms, or resting the head on the floor. The hands are then free to be in front or back between the legs for manual stimulation of either partner. The position allows the penetrating partner to raise his/her own hips above those of the receiving partner to change the angle and depth of penetration, and to reach the G-spot. This position can also be used in bondage play.
Froggy style
The receiving partner can lie flat on his/her torso, with the active partner lying on top of or close to him/her, while penetrating from behind.[9] A variation of the spreadeagle, this position can be made more comfortable by placing a pillow under the receiving partner's hips.
Arms back
The active partner can pull the receiving partner's arms backwards, holding them at the wrists, or tie the receiving partner's hands behind his/her back, making the receiving partner dependent on the active partner to maintain balance.
Furniture support
For support, the receiving partner can hold on to or lie across some furniture, such as the side of a bed, couch, chair or stool. Furniture can also be used in bondage play.

Advantages and disadvantages[edit]

Depiction of the doggy style position from an ancient Pompeii brothel

Doggy style sex has advantages and disadvantages. In a doggy style position, a woman may feel exceptionally vulnerable, which some women find arousing in itself; while others consider doggy style sex unromantic.[1] For some women, doggy style sex offers stimulation of the G-spot. However, this position may offer only minimal stimulation of the clitoris, so some women may require manual stimulation to achieve orgasm.

The position is considered by some to be less intimate because eye contact and kissing are more difficult. According to one book, many established couples find doggy style sex relationship-affirming, as it requires and implies a level of trust and a surrender of control by the receiving to the active partner.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Nilamadhab Kar, Gopal Chandra Kar (2005). Comprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. pp. 110–111. ISBN 8180614050. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Comfort, Alex; Quilliam, Susan (2008). The Joy of Sex. London: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 1-84533-429-9. 
  3. ^ Robert J Campbell MD (2009). Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-19-534159-1. 
  4. ^ The Kama Sutra, as given at "CHAPTER VI". The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana. 1883. 
  5. ^ The Perfumed Garden. Park Street Press. pp. 38–41. ISBN 0892814438. 
  6. ^ A. 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". Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 28(s): 63–76. 
  7. ^ Rogiere, Jean, The Little Book of Sex. Ulysses Press, 2001. ISBN 1-56975-305-9, 96 pages.
  8. ^ Laura T. Coffey (Sep 23, 2009). "Do high heels empower or oppress women?". TODAY 
  9. ^ Froggy style
  10. ^ Keesling, Barbara (1993). Sexual Pleasure: Reaching New Heights of Sexual Arousal & Intimacy. Hunter House Publishers. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-89793-148-9.