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Quantity vs. Quality: Maximize the Chance Your Male Dog Impregnates a Female Dog

By Aviram K.
July 21, 2022
4 min read
Quantity vs. Quality: Maximize the Chance Your Male Dog Impregnates a Female Dog
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Ok, you’ll admit it; you can’t get enough of your pup! From his silky-smooth coat to his big, innocent eyes, all the way to his quirky little walk…he’s simply the world to you.

There’s truly nothing better than sitting back and admiring your furry friend. The only thing that could be better would be gazing upon a whole litter of your dog’s mini-mes!

If you’re thinking about mating your male dog, you probably have a lot of questions about how the process works. Like, how often can my male dog mate in one day? And are there any ways of increasing his fertility?

A healthy male dog can mate an unlimited number of times. But on average, it is recommended to mate a male dog twice within a 24-to-48-hour span. Certain supplements can also increase fertility in male dogs.

In this article, I will discuss the frequency of mating in male dogs and reveal the maximum amount of times a male dog can mate in a day.

Then, I will explain whether a male dog can mate too much and finally close out with some helpful ways to increase your male dog’s fertility.

Itching to replicate your precious pup but aren’t sure exactly where to start? Follow me as I get into the crucial details of the quantity and quality of your male dog’s mating process.

Let’s go!

Table of Contents
Quantity: Frequency of Mating Matters
Quality: Increasing Your Male Dog’s Fertility
So…is It Quantity or Quality?

Quantity: Frequency of Mating Matters


There is no standard number of times you should mate your male dog. If you want to get technical, a male dog can mate up to ten times a day!

Some dogs are capable of mating even more often than that! It really depends on the pup, their temperament, age, health, and genes.

But just because your male dog can mate upwards of a dozen times a day, does it mean that he should? There are different factors that go into answering this question.

What Is the Maximum Amount of Times a Male Dog Can Mate in a Day?

As I mentioned, a male dog can mate 10+ times in one day! But if impregnating a female dog is your end goal, you will want to ensure that you are being strategic as you mate your male pup.

The sheer amount of mating your male dog can complete within a day is indeed impressive. But is it really necessary?

The frequency recommended to successfully breed a male dog is two mating sessions over a 24-to-48-hour period. If you’d like to try mating your dog a little more often, the maximum frequency recommended is twice daily.

Can a Male Dog Mate Too Much?

But wait a minute, if a male dog can mate more than 10 times a day, why cut him off at mating only twice a day?

Well, because in this case, more isn’t actually better!

You would think that the more a male dog mates with a female dog, the chances are higher that she will become pregnant. But this is not necessarily true.

In fact, the more you mate your male dog, the more his sperm levels may potentially become depleted. Because of this, some breeders refuse to mate their male dogs even once a day. And some go as far as only mating their pups once a week!

So, if you want to produce puppies, it turns out you actually can mate your male dog too much.

No need to involve your dog in marathon mating sessions. Twice a day, once a day, or even once a week may be all you need for success.

Quality: Increasing Your Male Dog’s Fertility


So now that you’ve got the logistics of the quantity of breeding down let’s get into the quality part of the equation.

Your female dog is in heat, and both your male and female dogs are of good age and maturity to successfully mate. Impregnation should happen without much difficulty, right?

Not always.

If, after many attempts, your male dog is having trouble getting female dogs pregnant, there may be a reason why.

Some issues that may impact the fertility of a male dog include:

  • Prostate disorders, like prostatitis
  • Bacterial infections, such as brucellosis
  • Problems that are the result of age, like atrophy of the testicles
  • Abnormalities of the testicles like injuries, underdevelopment, or testicular cancer

Any challenges with a male dog’s fertility can point to serious health problems for your pup. I recommend taking them to their vet or theriogenologist for an evaluation and proper treatment.

Certain supplements are also thought to help increase male dogs’ fertility. One study showed a diet supplemented with fatty acids and vitamin E significantly upped male dogs’ ejaculation volume.

Other supplements that may aid in increasing your male dog’s fertility are:

  • Zinc
  • L-Carnitine
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Vitamins D, B12, B6, A, C
  • Selenium
  • Foliate

So…is It Quantity or Quality?


When it comes to mating your male dog, quantity and quality are both important!

And surprisingly, in this case, less may actually be more. While it may be tempting to try to mate your male dog as many times as he is up for it, it may not help to do so.

Since more mating can lead to lower sperm counts, it may actually be best to let Fido breathe for a bit. For successful impregnation, the optimal amount of times to breed your male dog may be anywhere from twice within a 24-to-48-hour span, once a day, twice a day, or even once a week.

It’s also important to ensure your male dog’s fertility is high quality. Please don’t hesitate to take your pup to the vet if he’s experiencing any difficulties impregnating a female dog. There are also many vitamins and supplements that can help him in this area!

All this pup mating business may feel a bit like walking in the dark at first. But with some time, patience, and fine-tuning, you will be well on your way to smiling down at a bunch of look-alikes of your dear doggy!

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