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40 Wholesome Family Photos Featuring Dogs That Show Dogs Complete Family

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

In 2019, there was a survey conducted in the USA. It was revealed that 98 percent of the dog owners considered their canines an essential part of their families. According to another study, back in 2018, it was revealed that 79% of the people who are pet owners consider their pet needs above their own. They would pass up a perfect house if it did not fit the needs of their lovely family member. The researchers concluded that “Dogs are more than just a man’s best friends”.


There’s a viral trend on Facebook these days called the #FamilyPortraitChallenge.The challenge depicts the previously mentioned researches in the most authentic way. Here you are invited to look through many of the famous photos which were submitted for the challenge. The pictures include dog owners and their beloved pets expressing their attachment.

1. Sibling rivalry

via Anjacember Rowe

2. We all have that one friend.

via Anna Wemple

“What does it mean to be a member of the family? For starters, 50 percent of dog owners say their dog sleeps in a family member’s bed and an additional 32 percent have their dogs sleep in a family member’s bedroom,” Business Wire comments on the results of the survey.

“Dog owners in the Northeast are most likely to have their dogs sleep in a family member’s bed, with 60 percent of Northeast dog owners saying they snuggle their pooch at night, compared to 49 percent of respondents from other regions,” they add.

3. Moms with two golden retrievers.

via Taylor Brandwein

4. The only thing inherently dangerous about pit bulls is an uneducated opinion.

via Justin Gardner

5. I might drop the beanie ball.

via Katie Wagner

The 2019 survey also revealed that most dog parents often find themselves worrying about their dog’s safety. “82 percent of dog owners worried about their dog’s safety when out of sight and 56 percent say they expect caregiver texts, photos and/or emails about their dog when they are away from home,” reads the Business Wire webpage.

“71 percent of dog owners said they are generally nervous about their dog’s safety, and the biggest concerns stem from nearby cars and traffic, the potential for another dog to hurt their dog and their dog running away or getting off leash,” they add.

6. Dad, tell her that I’m your favorite child.

via Vicki Ford

7. We look more like our humans than our own human.

via Leonard Ludwik Laskowski

8. You can’t see me.

via Tyler Quinn

We had a chance to talk to a girl named Anjacember Rowe, whose family portrait is currently among the most popular ones, and ask her a few questions about it. The shot captures her casually sitting on the couch while her two dogs sitting beside her are pretty much fighting. The picture currently has over 19k reactions and almost 800 comments.

“Petunia (the one with the white on her) is 6 months old. I found her in a Facebook rehoming group and made an extremely quick decision to pick her up that day. She is a wild child, but we love her,” Anjacember told us. “Typical puppy, she’s naughty most of the time (likes to jump on everyone, even the mailman, steals food if you’re not watching, and steals things from the counter) but very lovable as well. Not to mention she’s gorgeous (even though you can’t tell from the picture). Oh, and her nickname is Tuna. She is a pit mix.”

9. Old men in suits.

via Ingra Gardner

10. I don’t want more pictures

via Taylor Ray Jurgens

11. Pugmania

via Carrie Heck

“Brutus is the brindle one, he just turned 7. I’ve had him since I was 19, found him as a stray,” the woman told us. “He is a bit quirky and completely opposite from Petunia. He likes things his way and only loves me lol. He is naughty in his own ways (i.e. he makes us chase him sometimes because he escapes the yard and runs away). He is a German shepherd/beagle/Boston terrier mix.”

When asked how she decided to participate in the challenge, the owner told us this: “I decided to participate in the challenge after seeing everyone’s really awesome portraits. I already knew there was no way mine would turn out like that. I had an idea to make mine as real life as possible. No sugarcoating, just how everyday life is at my house. Real, raw reality.”

12. Sleepover

via Ashley Yost

13. Dad I’m her favorite.

via Kimberly Ruckstuhl

As we mentioned before, Rowe’s pic is currently among the most popular ones. “I was honestly shocked it gained that much attention, considering the fact that it wasn’t the typical pictures that were being posted and noticed. I really wasn’t expecting it. I woke up the next day to thousands of comments and likes. Honestly, I still don’t really understand why it took off like it did, but I’m not complaining,” she told us.

We were curious to ask Anjacember why, in her opinion, the #FamilyPortraitChallenge is appealing to so many people. “I think this challenge is appealing to a lot of people because they want to show off their dogs, make it as pretty as possible, and are proud that they got their dogs to cooperate (I loved everyone else’s portraits, they were BEAUTIFUL!) I was honestly a bit jealous of how good some of them turned out,” the woman shared her thoughts.

14. We can all get in mom’s lap.

via Vicky Steadman

15. Why is this addition here?

via Katy Lubbe

16. Hot dogs

via Sarah Dawn

“I post the reality of having dogs a lot. I like to share pictures that are real and aren’t necessarily that ‘flattering,’ I guess. I let people know when my dogs do something bad, it keeps things interesting and out of the norm. A breath of fresh air, you could say,” the owner added. “My dogs have a lot of fans, which came as a shock to me, honestly. Sometimes I get some flack about letting them act how they do, but the reality of it is, they’re dogs. Sometimes they’re naughty, sometimes they chew things up, knock a water bowl over, rush through the house with muddy paws. I’m a little more relaxed than most dog owners would consider appropriate, but they are happy and healthy and loved.”

17. The bit*h took my dad.

via Rachael Di

18. Piggies

via Maisy Morrison

19. I wanna get in the frame.

via Lynn-Marie Majewski

20. Too big to be true.

via Sherita Gober

21. A constipated face.

via Anna Wemple

22. I’m forced to be here.

via Anna Seballos

23. She said yes

via Samantha Peaphon

24. Secret to a happy family.

via Jessica Lyn Stover

25. Becoming a dog.

via Danielle Marie

26. “Hey, I’m not in the picture!”

via Alyssa Zauderer

27. What a cutie!

via Anjacember Rowe

28. Thuglife

via Jessica Watt

29. What a cute family!

via Shawna Smith

30. Doggo be like: “Turn off the flash!!”

via Rachelle Kerr

31. Big fluffersss!

via Kaitlyn Doreen Wilhelmina McKitting

32. That’s not their house… is it? IS IT?

via Daisy J Stone

33. The coolest family!

via Joe de Jesus

34. Chillin’ with the fam

via Freya Davis

35. Found the picture for our calendar, honey!

via Meredith Andersen

36. Look at that little one!

via Julie Flauter

37. Doggo be like: “I look so stupid in this outfit!”

via Julie Bernie Sevigny

38. Such a happy picture!

via Mariah Dulmage

39. No, this picture is not photoshopped, their expressions are the same!

via Sophie Ehrich

40. Matching outfits and the hair!

via Jennifer Janee

The precise want or fear lurking in a dog’s doleful look may also not always be clear. But we can relish the fact that we know our pets love us as much as we hoped, maybe even more. Even if they’re not full-fledged children, they see us as family. And to us? Well, they’ll always be our babies.


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