Dog mommies are the first to shower their newborn puppies with undivided attention and love. They are the ones that safeguard them against any other force, and protect them no matter what. For the pups, their mom is everything, and they can’t even survive a single day without being taken care of. Puppies are extremely vulnerable when they enter this world, they are unable to hear, see, or walk and it’s estimated that 90% of their time is spent sleeping, while 10% is spent eating, so it’s the mother’s duty to help them with their nourishment and pooping, something that they are dependent for on their mommies for the initial period after birth.
But the mommies could not let the puppies get used to being dependent, so they slowly inculcate the habit of being independent into the kid. The mommies are extremely dedicated and want to nurture a sense of independence in the kid, taking their parental duties very seriously. So just keep on scrolling and take a look at the list that we’ve curated for you, with pictures of canine mothers and their little cute puppies. The moments that we share will be magical as these are the ones that show how proud the dog mommies are of their canine babies.
1. Family portrait
2. Where is the return policy, hello?
3. Ten smoll bois lead to a proud mom
4. Loulou with her pupper
5. One big family
6. Newborns with their mommy
7. Say cheese!
8. Golden canine mommy and her puppos
Erin Katribe, DVM, MS, Medical Director at Best Friends Animal Society, told us that right before the weaning process (when puppies switch from milk to solid food), the little canine babies get all of their nutrition from their mom’s milk. “Weaning naturally begins around 4-6 weeks of age when puppies begin to show interest in food,” Dr. Katribe said. “This early, however, they should still have access to their mom to be able to nurse as their transition to solid food is gradual.”
The weaning process is extremely crucial for the pups, as their behaviours are formed from observing both their canine mommies and littermates. The benchmark needed for the puppies’ independence should be provided for in a naturally occurring way. Otherwise, the over-dependence can cause problems for the puppies when they mature.
9. All nestled in
10. Quite comfy
11. Doctopus, a new breed of canine mommy
12. There’s more I swear
13. Widest smile I’ve seen on a mommy
14. Perfectly aligned
15. Selfie time with the kids
“The social interaction of the mother with puppies is critical until at least 7 weeks of age, and ideally longer. They learn how to interact with one another – how to ‘speak’ dog,” Dr. Katribe said.
“For example, through biting and mouthing during play, mom and littermates will signal to a puppy when things get too rough and will end the play – this is how a puppy learns bite inhibition, that mouthing or biting too hard is not OK. This is an important skill for later in life. Puppies also learn about different body postures and types of vocalization, key components of canine communication.”
16. She is still surprised
17. My dog mama got 9 presents this Saturday
18. Just appreciating the kiddos, don’t mind me
19. Saved her from euthanasia, look what happened next
20. Emmy Lou and her band of 10 puppos
21. Ellie, my foster mama, gave birth to an entire lab sampler pack yesterday
22. Our foster dog is a proud mother of baby cows
23. That’s Chilli the dog, and her baby peppers
24. They start early
Katribe claimed that puppies need to stay with their birth family till they grow past the age of 7 weeks because they need to attain a certain level of psychological development through their interaction with their mom and siblings. “The ones that are separated from their mother and litter earlier are more prone to behavior disorders, including separation anxiety and increased fear responses,” the doctor explained. “Puppies that remain with their mother and litter longer, particularly if they’re being exposed to new experiences, tend to respond better to novel experiences later in life and become better-adjusted pets.”
However, there are puppies that are specifically bred to be sold at pet stores, and they are separated from their birth families at a young age and then housed in a kennel with a limited view of the outside view, due to which they find it difficult to socialize.
25. I want more!
26. Parenting 101
27. That’s one proud mama
28. Luz gave birth to two princesses
29. Spot the spots
30. That’s one close-knit family
31. 8 new puppies for the shelter
32. Mother after a hard day at work
“In the shelter setting, if moms and puppies are physically housed at the shelter, we have to balance the benefits of keeping them together with the risks of infectious disease that are higher in that setting; ideally, mothers and litters are housed in foster homes, and not on-site, as this reduces disease risk and provides a much better environment for important socialization for the puppies through exposure to new experiences and to people,” Katribe explained.
“If moms and puppies must be housed on-site at the shelter, starting the weaning process and separating puppies from mom earlier will allow them to be adopted earlier; then they can experience socialization in their adoptive home. Even when puppies are housed in foster homes, sometimes it makes sense to wean and separate toward the earlier end of the ideal range – if we move them through faster to adoption, then that foster home is now available to save the lives of other mothers and puppies, dogs that might not have a chance without that foster home.”
33. The family that sleeps together, stays together
34. All me!
35. What now?
36. Photobombing the fam
37. Haven’t seen our dog this happy in ages
38. Meet Jessie and her ten pups
Even though these pictures look absolutely adorable, we can’t ignore the fact that taking care of puppies is an extremely tiring job for mommies. “Fostering a mom and puppies or fostering an older puppy (until it is old enough for spay/neuter and adoption) for your local shelter can be a great way to get a small taste of what that’s like, without making a longer commitment,” Katribe highlighted.
“Fostering also saves lives for shelters that are otherwise stretched for housing space or resources.”
Additionally, we can’t control which puppies end up as orphans, but we can help them socialize so their growth isn’t hampered. “In those situations, it’s important to seek advice from an experienced trainer or veterinary behaviourist to have the best chance at achieving social development,” Katribe said.
39. Husky hammock
40. Have you seen a happier mother before?
41. This is one proud mama
42. Proud canine mommy
43. Haven’t seen her this happy before
44. What more could one want
45. Love between a mother and her kid is beautiful to capture
46. Just some casual mother-daughter bonding
Best Friends Animal Society leads the mission to end the killing of pets in shelter homes across the U.S by 2025. Since only 5.8K out of 16K communities are no-kill, every year, thousands of pets are left homeless.
A significant percentage of the dogs in shelters are purebreds. There are also designer dogs whose owners’ life changes stopped them from taking care of the dog in the right manner. For this reason, specifically, spaying and neutering dogs is an extremely important undertaking to further the goal of keeping pets out of shelters and in the end, saving their lives.
“Mother dogs can be spayed as little as a few days or weeks after their puppies are weaned, or sometimes even while they are still nursing – consult with your veterinarian to determine what’s best for the individual dog. Ideally, pets should be spayed/neutered before the age of four months, and before they have (or father) even one litter,” Best Friends said.
47. Hello, that’s mine?
48. Dinner’s served
49. That’s one beautiful family
50. Mama pug had a mom moment
Canine mommies are extremely dedicated to showering their little puppos with unconditional love, but they’re also smart about giving them a balance of care and also gradually instilling independence into their personalities since they have to spend the majority of their life with their moms. Having those years of experience with the mom, the puppy grows up to be a social being that can live on its own without the need to depend, however, pups that are destined for pet stores, are intentionally separated from their families upon birth and are made to live alone.
This has a detrimental impact on their psychological growth and they are hardly ever able to recover from that experience of solitude since at that age, the puppy needs its canine mommy. It needs to run, feed, and sleep with the birth parent to be able to grow up into a fine puppo. Being deprived of that will not only limit its internal growth but also increase the chances of it not being able to take care of itself in the future and being left out as a homeless doggo.