Experts: Dogs ‘Mount’ To Convey Dominance Or Social Status

Fezco was surrendered by his human family because they thought he is "gay"
Fezco (image via Facebook/StanlyAPS)

The handsome guy above, named Fezco, was reportedly dumped by his owners for being “gay.”

The Stanly County Animal Shelter Facebook page shared the dog’s owners surrendered him after he humped another male dog, reports the local CW news affiliate.


Fezco, whose breed is unidentified, is between four to five years old and weighs about 50 pounds. The folks at the shelter add that he gets along well with people and other animals.

The shelter is asking for local rescues to step up and take Fezco into foster before he is adopted. Anyone able to offer Fezco a home can call the Stanly County Animal Shelter at (704) 986-3881.

According to PetMD, dogs hump or express “mounting behavior” when they are excitable, such as playing or encountering another dog. They also mount when trying to convey their social status or dominance towards another dog.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) concurs that this behavior is pretty normal.

“Sexual behaviors, including mounting and thrusting, are part of normal play behavior,” reads the ASPCA website. “Dogs sometimes mount other animals and people to display social status or control.”

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It’s worth noting that homosexual behavior has been observed in over 1,500 animals species, according to Scientific American.


Imagine how confused and scared the poor guy must be. Fortunately, Fezco got a lot of support on social media with several folks expressing interest in adopting a “big gay dog.”





3 thoughts on “Experts: Dogs ‘Mount’ To Convey Dominance Or Social Status”

  1. So… dogs that hump the leg of their owners are apparently engaging in bestiality… The people who turned in this dog should be committed to a human shelter for being “incurably and irrevocably stupid.” Hopefully someone will adopt them but I’m not holding my breath…

  2. I work at an animal shelter and surprisingly a couple dropped off the sweetest dog because they said he’s gay. Thankfully he ended up at such a loving home with a gay couple.


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