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
Community Member
6 years ago

Dug from UP!

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#2

One Happy Family

One Happy Family

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Inzane_sniper
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Adopt dont breed*

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#4

Jameson And Remington

Jameson And Remington

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TreLoadholt
Community Member
6 years ago

Love this one and their names!

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#5

Father And Son

Father And Son

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AparnaKar
Community Member
6 years ago

The son is s batdog!

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#6

Sweet Kisses

Sweet Kisses

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Ego_TheMusic
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

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

MeredithTibbo
Community Member
6 years ago

In total agreement with Adrian; the unnecessary ear mutilation detracts from the photos and made me wonder how many of these owners are responsible or just backyard breeders trying to make a quick buck.

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JaniceChampkin
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a beautiful dog, so sad to see her poor ears in that condition

LoisReese
Community Member
6 years ago

At least the puppy's ears aren't cropped. And it's entirely possible the owner got the parent with ears already cropped, as it used to be a lot more common. Pitties with cropped ears are statistically less adopted because people get the mistaken impression the dog is mean.

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SilviaChaneva
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree with you. What's wrong with the ears. And the owner actually thought the animal was more beautiful that way ?!?!?! Sick people

LoisReese
Community Member
6 years ago

Can't blame the owner unless you're certain they're the one who had it done. Since the puppy's ears aren't cropped, I would be more inclined to believe this owner did not have the parent's ears cropped.

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SusieFarah
Community Member
6 years ago

I will give the owner the benefit of the doubt and assume the older dog is a rescue and it's ears were already cropped at the time of adoption.

KitaSalamanca
Community Member
6 years ago

Rescues are neutered/spayed before they are ready to be adopted. The owner is most likely a breeder.

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NatalieVerkade
Community Member
6 years ago

Adrian East, I thought exactly the same thing

HenriettaNieper
Community Member
6 years ago

yuk those poor ears - leave the puppies alone - just seen Adrian East comment - I AGREE

AnnLassen
Community Member
6 years ago

how can people be so cruel!!!! So sad to see dogs with ears like this!!!!

LoisReese
Community Member
6 years ago

Breeders and puppy mills. At least the puppy's ears are intact.

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astr0903
Community Member
6 years ago

Don't cut of the puppys ears.

astr0903
Community Member
6 years ago

Don't cut of the ears.

ReyHanehKhatami
Community Member
6 years ago

Cant be more agree with adrian

Leeroberts
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a pit and they are so much cuter with their tiny floppy ears.

AshleyLange
Community Member
6 years ago

I think these beautiful animals will be lovers to people, not fighters. I think the mother will only attack, if you are doing something to her baby

LaceyAnglemyer
Community Member
6 years ago

I want them!!!! They are both so super adorable!!

AlishaSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

GORGEOUS.

Diana Chapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the colours.

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
5 years ago

Hope they leave the puppies ears alone, he's so gorgeous.

Kerstin Reiser (Mieze)
Community Member
5 years ago

I hope baby pitbull can keep his ears...

Sandra Novak
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah..like leave puppy ears b

Kirsten Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

looks like her

WindyMarthavianti
Community Member
5 years ago

pups: thanks for covered me up earlier dad....

LouWow
Community Member
5 years ago

Mini Me!!!

KarinMorris
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree so heartedly Adrian, these are gorgeous Tri Pits and they destroyed the look

Supergirl127tninja-gal
Community Member
5 years ago

Cutest thing ever!!!!!

asamorgane
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree with the comment about the cropped ears. Is also sad juxtaposition that the pup is on a loose, pink flat collar with a iny bell. the mother is on a choke chain... At wha age does baby get to anticipate being dealt with harsh corrections... really... should she ever need to be...I hope not,

stanleyscout
Community Member
6 years ago

This owner posted the pic for the love of his animals and everyone is blasting him/or her. Not the time or place.

CristinaAlvesMoreira
Community Member
6 years ago

Hope they won't cut the little one's ears!

DonGuild
Community Member
6 years ago

Son ! some day you will grow up to be a terrifying dog like me, everyone will fear you.

LindaMagnelli
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree and the nails! They are horrible! Poor baby!

AlexisStone
Community Member
6 years ago

Your wrong. Cropping is done for many reasons. Mainly they are done on working dogs like Boar hunting dogs for an example so that they can prevent injury. Also for CKC and AKC it was breed standard for many working breeds. Plus floppy ears are prone to

AlexisStone
Community Member
6 years ago

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It seems some people need a cause to make them feel important and righteous. I'm beyond exhausted in reading ignorant comments like "it cruel to crop their ears" or it would be such a great photo if it wasn't for the ears" what do you think vets do? Do you think professionals are touring dogs? Do you think vets are abusing their clients pets in the back room? Do you think vets are cropping them while they are awake? It's a choice and if you don't like it don't do it. It's no ones place to impose how they feel especially if it's legal in the country were they are done. Get off your high horse And they are a lovely crop IMO

saynogo
Community Member
6 years ago

What on Earth are you talking about? Everyone has the right to voice their opinion. Nobody is "imposing" and thing on anyone except the owner of the dog who imposed their messed up ideas on this dogs ears. The main reason for ear cropping is dog fighting, so I think people are more than entitled to their opinion in that. if people decide to continue this practice for aesthetic reasons, well then they just have to deal with the fallout of public opinion. Actions have consequences.

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#8

Husky And Its Baby

Husky And Its Baby

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CraigYoung
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

"Its", not "It's."

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#10

Nasa & Pups

Nasa & Pups

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AlishaSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Amazing <3

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#11

Puppy Bums

Puppy Bums

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IntanBrahmanti
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

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

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#17

Puppy

Puppy

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stanleyscout
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

What a proud mama!!!

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#20

Mother And Daughter

Mother And Daughter

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LoisReese
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Mama plz get me icecream

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#22

Puppy

Puppy

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FemmyMe
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

They're so fluffy!!

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#25

Newborn Puppy With Mother

Newborn Puppy With Mother

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Snarkygal
Community Member
6 years ago

Safe in Mama's arms.

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#26

Cute Boop

Cute Boop

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CarlySienko
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Nothing cuter than a baby!

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#30

Zombie Night

Zombie Night

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DeyanGeorgiev
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
5 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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Noella Burgett
Community Member
8 months ago

The ribbon is to teach it to leave a collar alone as well. Our breeder didn't do it, and Midas took a while to get used to the collar. The could hurt themselves if they don't learn this.

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#36

Bulldog Mommy With Her Puppies

Bulldog Mommy With Her Puppies

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FemmyMe
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Totally adorable.

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#38

Sleeping Buddies

Sleeping Buddies

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BrendaBudd
Community Member
5 years ago

Sweeties!

#39

You Already Go

You Already Go

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PpJjTreecharoenwiwat
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful picture.

#40

Bruma And Tuga

Bruma And Tuga

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LeopardHorse56
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Aww... Hope her paw is ok now!

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#42

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

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BrendaBudd
Community Member
5 years ago

So precious.

#43

Newborn Puppy

Newborn Puppy

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MelisaBleasdale
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Love his little mouth!

#47

Proud Mary And Her Puppy

Proud Mary And Her Puppy

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JessicaWoehlke
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
6 years ago

How precious. Sweet momma.

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#49

Puppy And His Mom

Puppy And His Mom

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Sarah O'Dwyer
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#50

Son And Mommy!

Son And Mommy!

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Greta Toločkaitė
Community Member
4 years ago

<3

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