Female Dog Aggressive to Other Female Dogs – Top 3 Reasons Why

Here are a few common reasons that may explain why a female dog might act aggressive to other female dogs.

1. Female dogs in heat cycle

Aggression can occur between female dogs when one or both are going through their heat cycle. Most female dogs have heat twice a year. During this period, the female dog can go through drastic changes in hormone levels which, in turn, can lead to behavioral changes and a show of aggression (which they may have never shown before).

2. Lack of socialization

Female to female dog aggression may occur if the dogs lack experience with being socialized with other dogs of the same gender. It may also have something to do with social maturity. Two female dogs that used to get along may start to fight one another once or both reach social maturity. This typically occurs when the dogs reach an age of one to two years old.

3. Fighting for the same resource

The two female dogs may be aggressive towards one another because they are fighting for the same resource, whether that be food, toys, or treats. They could also be fighting for your attention! Do a careful observation the next time one female dog shows aggression to another female dog and see if there is something that is triggering the unwanted behavior.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.

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