The present study examined the hypothesis whether the opioid receptors (mu, delta, and kappa) contribute to a behavioral dopaminergic activation produced by dopamine receptor agonist, apomorphine, by comparing responses in wild type and mu-opioid receptor knockout mice. The data suggest that expression of mu-opioid receptors plays an important role in the enhancement of climbing behavior induced by apomorphine. Compared to wild type mice, a response in the dopaminergic behavior by treatment with delta-receptor agonist, DPDPE, is more sensitive to the mice lacking mu-opioid receptor. Treatment with kappa-receptor agonist, U-50488, is potentiated the apomorphine-induced climbing behavior in wild type and mu-opioid receptor knockout mice. These responses may be independent of that through mu-opioid receptors. Therefore, the our results show that dopaminergic activation measured by climbing behavior in mu-opioid receptors knockout mice are differently regulated by mu-, delta-, and kappa-opioid receptor agonists.