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!
Father And Son
One Happy Family
Nasa & Pups
Mother With Her Baby
Like Father Like Son
So My Bulldog Seems To Be Pretty Proud Of His Son
Don't Worry, It'll Be Alright
Six Sweet Puppies Sitting With Mother
Adorable Mini-me Version
Golden Retriever Love
Proud Father And Son
Newborn Puppy With Mother
Husky Puppie With His Mother
Charlie + Chaplin (father + Son)
The World’s Largest Pitbull Hulk And His Puppies
A Few Hours After Giving Birth
Dog And Its Puppy
Bulldog Mommy With Her Puppies
Our Beloved Lulu And Her Little Girl
You Already Go
Bruma And Tuga
Sencha The Jack Russel With Newborn Puppies
Mother With Her Puppy
Tula Bonds With Her Boy
Proud Mary And Her Puppy
This Little Girl Had Just Been Brought Into This World
Puppy And His Mom
Son And Mommy!
Note: this post originally had 92 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.