The desire to have a family is hard-wired in most of us, and animals are no exception. A mother dog bonds with her pups through her sense of smell, which is why it can be a bad idea to separate the pups from their mother; depending on the olfactory (smell) system of the breed, some mothers might not recognize her tykes.

According to one study, it's the maternal instinct which also makes female dogs more sociable than males. Dogs were presented with three, treat-filled boxes, only two of which could be opened on their own. The female dogs were far more likely to “ask” a researcher for help than males.

This list of dogs with their puppies is our tribute to these loyal canines. Do you have any photos of pooches with their pups? Post your own, or vote on your favorite below!

#1

Father And Son

Father And Son

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TrinaRisos 4 years ago

Dug from UP!

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#2

One Happy Family

One Happy Family

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Inzane_sniper 4 years ago

Looks like a plush *.*

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#3

I, Big Wrinkle, Made All These Little Wrinkles

I, Big Wrinkle, Made All These Little Wrinkles

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HeatherLawless 4 years ago

Adopt dont breed*

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#4

Jameson And Remington

Jameson And Remington

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TreLoadholt 4 years ago

Love this one and their names!

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#5

Father And Son

Father And Son

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AparnaKar 4 years ago

The son is s batdog!

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#6

Sweet Kisses

Sweet Kisses

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Ego_TheMusic 4 years ago

Mom: zzzzzzzz Puppy: Hello! Are you awake?!

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#7

Pitbull And Baby Pitbull

Pitbull And Baby Pitbull

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AdrianEast 4 years ago

Sorry but the mutilation of the ears for pointless aesthetics detracts from such a beautiful photo.

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#8

Husky And Its Baby

Husky And Its Baby

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CraigYoung 4 years ago

Cute. 'Its baby'. We all make them. Mistakes not huskies.

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#9

French Bulldog And Its Puppy

French Bulldog And Its Puppy

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PhillipMcWilliams 4 years ago

"Its", not "It's."

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#10

Nasa & Pups

Nasa & Pups

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AlishaSmith 4 years ago

Amazing <3

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#11

Puppy Bums

Puppy Bums

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IntanBrahmanti 4 years ago

The only twerking I would love to see lol

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#12

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

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ChrisLevine 4 years ago

Sweet shepherd eyes. Love it!

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#13

Mother With Her Baby

Mother With Her Baby

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AlishaSmith 4 years ago

<3 Love German Shepard's!

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#14

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

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ElizabethCummings 4 years ago

Southeastern Guide Dog, Bentley and his son.

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#15

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

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LeopardHorse56 4 years ago

Cute! Are they border collies??? I love border collies.....

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#16

So My Bulldog Seems To Be Pretty Proud Of His Son

So My Bulldog Seems To Be Pretty Proud Of His Son

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Inzane_sniper 4 years ago

"Dad, stop it! It's so awkward..."

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#17

Puppy

Puppy

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stanleyscout 4 years ago

Love goldens!

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#18

Don't Worry, It'll Be Alright

Don't Worry, It'll Be Alright

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AimeeElizabeth 4 years ago

Awwww

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#19

Six Sweet Puppies Sitting With Mother

Six Sweet Puppies Sitting With Mother

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SaraWalter 4 years ago

What a proud mama!!!

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#20

Mother And Daughter

Mother And Daughter

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LoisReese 4 years ago

Very unfortunate they chose to crop the puppy's ears. With an adult dog, you don't know who had it done, but it's clear this owner made a poor choice in doing so with this pup. Oddly, the mama's ears appear to be natural. Ear-cropping is not widely done anymore for a variety of very good reasons.

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#21

Adorable Mini-me Version

Adorable Mini-me Version

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ShaherisSuhel 3 years ago

Mama plz get me icecream

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#22

Puppy

Puppy

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FemmyMe 4 years ago

But I do look most like mommy and I will be thiiiis big too!

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#23

Golden Retriever Love

Golden Retriever Love

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FemmyMe 4 years ago

Good! There is mama's nose!

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#24

Proud Father And Son

Proud Father And Son

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MarieMosley 4 years ago

They're so fluffy!!

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#25

Newborn Puppy With Mother

Newborn Puppy With Mother

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Snarkygal 4 years ago

Safe in Mama's arms.

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#26

Cute Boop

Cute Boop

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CarlySienko 4 years ago

I'm so glad there were rotties in this mix!! So gorgeous when they're young.

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#27

Husky Puppie With His Mother

Husky Puppie With His Mother

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

So sweet. I had a male Siberian. He was a great dog but also a great escape artist. LOL.

#28

Charlie + Chaplin (father + Son)

Charlie + Chaplin (father + Son)

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DeanaDixon 4 years ago

Their cuteness! Their names! My heart can't take it! :)

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#29

My Golden Retriever And Her 3 Day Old Puppies

My Golden Retriever And Her 3 Day Old Puppies

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

Nothing cuter than a baby!

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#30

Zombie Night

Zombie Night

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DeyanGeorgiev 4 years ago

Cause this is thriller, thriller night

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#31

The World’s Largest Pitbull Hulk And His Puppies

The World’s Largest Pitbull Hulk And His Puppies

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stanleyscout 4 years ago

You don't know that. That is a harsh acusation.

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#32

Mini Me

Mini Me

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Camila Moraga 3 years ago

I love this one, the little one looks more curious than his mom, she looks in love of the photographer

#33

With Mom

With Mom

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#34

A Few Hours After Giving Birth

A Few Hours After Giving Birth

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#35

Dog And Its Puppy

Dog And Its Puppy

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ChristineLoughead 4 years ago

Don't tie things around a babies neck .

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#36

Bulldog Mommy With Her Puppies

Bulldog Mommy With Her Puppies

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FemmyMe 4 years ago

".. then check if the left is clear of traffic! "

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#37

Our Beloved Lulu And Her Little Girl

Our Beloved Lulu And Her Little Girl

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

Totally adorable.

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#38

Sleeping Buddies

Sleeping Buddies

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Sweeties!

#39

You Already Go

You Already Go

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PpJjTreecharoenwiwat 4 years ago

Beautiful picture.

#40

Bruma And Tuga

Bruma And Tuga

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LeopardHorse56 4 years ago

Gorgeous eyes...

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#41

Sencha The Jack Russel With Newborn Puppies

Sencha The Jack Russel With Newborn Puppies

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LeopardHorse56 4 years ago

Aww... Hope her paw is ok now!

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#42

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

So precious.

#43

Newborn Puppy

Newborn Puppy

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MelisaBleasdale 4 years ago

So teeny!

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#44

Lil Boop

Lil Boop

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#45

Mother With Her Puppy

Mother With Her Puppy

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#46

Tula Bonds With Her Boy

Tula Bonds With Her Boy

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SarahClark 4 years ago

Love his little mouth!

#47

Proud Mary And Her Puppy

Proud Mary And Her Puppy

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JessicaWoehlke 4 years ago

thank you for NOT cropping your dogs ears

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#48

This Little Girl Had Just Been Brought Into This World

This Little Girl Had Just Been Brought Into This World

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

How precious. Sweet momma.

#49

Puppy And His Mom

Puppy And His Mom

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Sarah O'Dwyer 2 years ago

Damnit...my Kryptonite...Corgis...

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#50

Son And Mommy!

Son And Mommy!

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Greta Toločkaitė 2 years ago

<3

#51

Cookie And His Son

Cookie And His Son

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Beautiful

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#52

Big Sister Ruby And Baby Pollyanna

Big Sister Ruby And Baby Pollyanna

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JessicaWoehlke 4 years ago

I love Basset Hounds.......

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#53

Dog Sniffing Puppy

Dog Sniffing Puppy

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#54

Baby And Mommy

Baby And Mommy

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WilliamSantagata 4 years ago

great picture

#55

Jimmy&minnie

Jimmy&minnie

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

I have two Beagles....Charlie Brown and Zoe.

#56

Daddy's Little Snow Ball

Daddy's Little Snow Ball

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MelisaBleasdale 4 years ago

I think they are far more beautiful w their ears intact.

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#57

Puggalious

Puggalious

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captaingrumpy 4 years ago

Do you mean Puggalicious.?

#58

Big Brother . . . Little Brother

Big Brother . . . Little Brother

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Gorgeous

#59

Lie Like Daddy

Lie Like Daddy

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LeopardHorse56 4 years ago

They also share a tail...

#60

Watching Over His Son, Miggy!

Watching Over His Son, Miggy!

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Those faces!

#61

Indiana Jones On The Right, Short Round On The Left.

Indiana Jones On The Right, Short Round On The Left.

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Cozy ♡

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#62

Bentley And One Of His Pups

Bentley And One Of His Pups

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#63

Indiana Jones On The Left,short Round On The Right. Our Pretty Girls.

Indiana Jones On The Left,short Round On The Right. Our Pretty Girls.

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ShaniRussell 4 years ago

Love the names!

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#64

Father And Son Bichon Frisé

Father And Son Bichon Frisé

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KateandAllison HW 3 years ago

Beautiful!

#65

The Proud Mom And Its Babies

The Proud Mom And Its Babies

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#66

Just Good Friends

Just Good Friends

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#67

Miss Rubee And Miss Eleanor

Miss Rubee And Miss Eleanor

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#68

Chewbacca Giving His New Brother With A Broken Leg A Kiss ❤️

Chewbacca Giving His New Brother With A Broken Leg A Kiss ❤️

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GraceTung 4 years ago

What happened to his leg?

#69

Mother And Son

Mother And Son

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DonnaOades 4 years ago

Aww!

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#70

Frenchie Father And Daughter Leonardo And Lola

Frenchie Father And Daughter Leonardo And Lola

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#71

Love Of Brothers

Love Of Brothers

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#72

Father And Daughter

Father And Daughter

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PpJjTreecharoenwiwat 4 years ago

Father has a big smile! So cute.

#73

Vivienne & Fiona

Vivienne & Fiona

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#74

Kisses To Grandma

Kisses To Grandma

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TammyChapman 4 years ago

Beautiful dogs, beautiful picture.

#75

Little Rottweiler Tofi And Jacky

Little Rottweiler Tofi And Jacky

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

So sweet, this is precious!

#76

Maverick & Mila

Maverick & Mila

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Love Shepards!

#77

Nikita And Her Little Niece Djen :)

Nikita And Her Little Niece Djen :)

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#78

Squirt Dog And Nizhoni "nizzy"

Squirt Dog And Nizhoni "nizzy"

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BrendaBudd 3 years ago

Nizhoni, awwww...Dine.

#79

3 Generation

3 Generation

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#80

Poppy & Buster Sharing A Bone

Poppy & Buster Sharing A Bone

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MaryTonningsen 4 years ago

Poppy (or Buster?) doesn't look like it wants to share! :(

#81

Me And ...me Younger. (capsule And Joy).

Me And ...me Younger. (capsule And Joy).

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GraceTung 4 years ago

Love their names

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#82

Uncle And Nephew...service Dogs In Training

Uncle And Nephew...service Dogs In Training

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#83

Mama Angie And Little Casey--dad Was A Traveling Salesman.

Mama Angie And Little Casey--dad Was A Traveling Salesman.

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MillieGrams 4 years ago

How funny! LOL