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Stray dogs attracted by bitches in heat?

I've always heard the saying "males from MILES around will be on your doorstep when your female is in season".

Has anyone with an intact bitch EVER had a stray male show up at their place when their female went in season?

Granted I only have one cycling bitch right now (soon to be two) but in the 5 years I've had her I've NEVER had stray males show up at our place when she went into season.

Heck, not even the local (as in across the street) coyote pack have shown interest.

How TRULY prevalent is this??
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Never. I too have coyote packs in my area, and have never had any issues. She played 2 ball, did obedience/bitework and hung out with me outside during her entire cycle. She peed and marked all over the place. I never had anyone show up.

In fact, I had an intact male in the same room while she was crated during her peak days and even then, there was only a little bit of foolishness and he cut it out after I told him. BTW, I really don't buy the "breeding through a crate" story either. My two intact dogs are in the same room during most of her cycle with him or her in the crate. I never even had him attempt to mount her through the crate. Wonder where these stories come from and if anybody actually had this happen...

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Nope. Never.

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We did when I was a teenager. My dad's Catahoula went into heat and was bred by a stray.


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Never. I too have coyote packs in my area, and have never had any issues. She played 2 ball, did obedience/bitework and hung out with me outside during her entire cycle. She peed and marked all over the place. I never had anyone show up.

In fact, I had an intact male in the same room while she was crated during her peak days and even then, there was only a little bit of foolishness and he cut it out after I told him. BTW, I really don't buy the "breeding through a crate" story either. My two intact dogs are in the same room during most of her cycle with him or her in the crate. I never even had him attempt to mount her through the crate. Wonder where these stories come from and if anybody actually had this happen...

Never had a stray dog show up while Zefra has been in heat.

I too have a intact male in the house (2 bedroom apartment actually) and have never had my male be more than "silly" with her near by.

This past heat he was at her crate though, and I wanted to see what he would do before correcting him for bugging her and he jumped up on the crate and mounted it, and did try a few attempts to hump it. She was NOT happy and almost bit him.... After that attempt, no more being in the same room with her in the crate unless we are watching 24/7 (we did anyways but now we are REALLY anal about it!).

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I don't think that claim is logical or realistic for the average modern dog.

From research and experience, stray dogs of any canine species will "follow" and "travel" to a female under one circumstance: she is in heat, ready to be bred, marking territory as she travels freely in the world. I can't understand how dogs from miles away will find a female in her backyard in the middle of the city, with the vast myriad of scents assaulting their noses on a daily basis. It would likely be a stray dog very close by, with the female constantly loose in the backyard, that would create that scenario if anything.

A wolf/dog/coyote will travel and follow a marking female in the wild, in hopes of finding her alone and receptive to breeding / forming a new pack with their potential offspring.

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When Malice was in heat I did not have any males show up.

When we went for a walk and when we went to the beach males still did not show up.

My male never left the yard for a female when he was intact.

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Nope, never. That being said, there are very few stray dogs in my hood and I would say the neutered rate is very high. I believe neutered males will still express interest in a bitch in heat but they won't climb 10ft fences to get to her.
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This past heat he was at her crate though, and I wanted to see what he would do before correcting him for bugging her and he jumped up on the crate and mounted it, and did try a few attempts to hump it.
But an actual breeding?? Of course I'm not denying they mount, jump and act silly, but where do these stories about actual breedings happening through kennels or crates come from? I suppose a husky or similar type could climb a kennel wall and go through the opening up top to get to a female in heat. But through it?? I always thought they were just embellished stories to scare people into altering their pets.

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I've always heard the saying "males from MILES around will be on your doorstep when your female is in season".

Has anyone with an intact bitch EVER had a stray male show up at their place when their female went in season?

Granted I only have one cycling bitch right now (soon to be two) but in the 5 years I've had her I've NEVER had stray males show up at our place when she went into season.

Heck, not even the local (as in across the street) coyote pack have shown interest.

How TRULY prevalent is this??

I have not seen any stray males around when my girl goes in heat either. I am extra alert when walking her while she is in heat, but so far I have not had any incidents.


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