10 Things You Didn't Know About Doggy-Style

Like, do dogs really do it that way?
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Ahh, doggy-style. One of the top-tier sex positions for decades. What’s better than this carnal position to act on your animalistic desires? No, Snoop Dogg wasn’t the first person to reference doggystyle in 1992. Doggy-style has been a long time favorite sex position for many. It’s part of the “rear entry” group of bedroom positions, which includes downward dog, froggy, and reverse cowgirl, etc. There are alternatives to the “standard” doggy-style position, like using a pillow under your stomach or even bending over a chair, so that you’ve got plenty of variety to get down the way the Ancient Romans intended. 

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1. Studies show Americans Google search "doggy style" more than any other sex position

According to a study from AskMen, America Googled doggy-style more than any other sex position. It's also, reportedly, most popular in Dallas. A 2018 survey on millennial sex from Skyn showed that "people in Dallas were more likely to do doggy-style than any other city." But American’s aren’t the only ones eating hot dogs and doing the dog. Research by Maxim magazine has shown that women in Russia and the Netherlands prefer doggy style the most.

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2. Doggie style is illegal in Washington DC

Missionary is the only lawful sex position there. But two can keep a secret... if the other is bent over.

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3. Coitus more ferarum

In ancient rome, the position’s name translated to “sex in the manner of wild beasts.” The Latin term was coitus more ferarum, which sounds more like a Harry Potter spell than pillow talk.

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4. Originally the Cow Position

The position was originally called the cow position in the Kama Sutra. “When a woman stands on her hands and feet like a quadruped, and her lover mounts her like a bull, it is called the ‘congress of a cow.’ At this time everything that is ordinarily done on the bosom should be done on the back.”

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5. Down-and-dangerous

It’s the second most dangerous position. Doggy-style is responsible for over a quarter of penile fractures, and according to a study done at the University of Campinas in Brazil, 28 percent of men admitted to the ER with a penile fracture got it from doggy-style. Women on top caused 50% though.

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6. Roman philosopher recommended doggy style to increase chance of pregnancy.

Roman philosopher, Lucretius, had actually recommended the position to women who were trying to conceive. Of course, this had no-- and continues to have no-- scientific support or any factual base. Some believe that because the position allows for deeper penetration, this means the sperm are starting out closer to the cervix. But many doctors, including Dr. Scott Roseff, a Florida-based fertility specialist, publicly confirm that there is no evidence that any rear-entry sex position “optimizes fertility.” Including doggy.

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7. About 1,600 songs reference doggy-style

According to Genius, there are over 1,600 songs that address the sex position. "Back That Thing Up" tops the list of hilariously-titled country songs, and is about doing doggy in a barn.) But of course, "The Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang, is iconic for the sex position.

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8. Most common position to be modified

As many women find doggy-style painful (from their partners hitting up against their cervix), there are a ton of modifying positions. You can slow down the speed and ease the thrust, play with the angle of your hips, or even have the receiver on their forearms to allow a more pleasurable position, within the doggy-style sex position.

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9. Many animals don’t mate that way

It's called "doggy-style" but plenty of other animals mate that way ... including horses, camels, giraffes, and elephants. But tons of animals don't, like whales, dolphins, and spiders. Primates like chimpanzees don't use it exclusively.

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10. Polled as a huge bedroom favorite

According to a Women's Health poll, men list doggy-style as their favorite sex position.

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