When a pet has puppies, it’s clearly time to get out the camera, so it’s no surprise that we have plenty of photos showing mama dogs in all stages of caring for their little ones.
For some of us, it’s hard to see puppy photos, especially if we’re advocates of “adopt don’t shop.” Not all puppies are destined for a good home. So you’ll see puppies bred on purpose as well as some little accidents ahead.
Just remember that if you don’t spay or neuter your dogs, you too could wind up with a dozen puppies to care for! The photos might look cute, but it’s a lot of work for humans as well.
1. Big momma, big litter
Or maybe she’s just happy they’re all asleep!
2. Corgi convention
Doesn’t she look like she wants her human to take a closer look just to see what adorable puppies she has?
3. Wee puppies
And mom looks pretty protective, even though we hope she trusts the people around her.
The one she’s snuggling in the crook of her front paw is simply precious.
4. Whole lotta huskies
And how nice of their human to lend them a box to keep things contained.
They both look like they could use a little break.
5. Little wrinkles
We love how momma is sitting in front of her sleeping kiddos and posing for her picture. No doubt they can’t move fast yet, but maybe she knows having them all lined up like this is a rare reprieve.
6. Family time
But just look at these sweet pups!
And if we didn’t know dogs couldn’t smile, we’d think mom was doing just that in her photo.
Not only does mom look like she’s trying to post despite being completely exhausted, just check out those puppies! Are two of them asleep?
And did one go in for dinner upside down?
8. Formal photo
This pic was taken by photographer Martin Hahn. And we just want to know what he’s using to get those pups to focus.
9. Fluffy butts
Ok, maybe we still say that about our pet.
But there is something uniquely cute about these puppies.
10. A pile of spots
We count about 12 puppies, which seems like PLENTY to care for!
This sweet, beautiful momma looks like she’s up to the task and happy to let us adore them in the meantime.
11. Side shot
We don’t know if she got caught mid-yawn or if her humans taught her to do that for the camera, but she’s one photogenic canine!
Either way, we just love how this proud parent is overseeing their kiddos’ meals.
Then again, it kind of reminds us of our parents making sure we finished our vegetables when we were kids.
But these brand new puppies aren’t too squirrely yet – they’re still sleeping off the exhausting act of being born.
Meanwhile, mom is happy to show them off and appropriately proud of herself.
Don’t you just want to give her a snuggle?
14. Curly chaos
At first, we thought someone had photoshopped extra legs onto this dog for some reason, but she seems to have over a dozen babies waiting to be fed.
That’s a large litter and we’re happy to see someone pleased enough to take a picture because that means she’ll have help.
Most dogs top out at 10 nipples, which means taking turns. And there’s often a runt in the litter that needs a hand.
15. Everyone is safe
There are some amazing people out there who take in pregnant strays and make sure everyone is happy and healthy.
If dogs can be thankful, this one looks like she is.
16. Quite a gang
How many do you count here? A dozen? More?
It looks like more than 12 to us, but mom looks like she’s got it under control.
17. Brand new mom
6 puppies is a pretty big litter for such a small dog!
18. Enjoying the peace
Mom looks content to get some of her own attention after all of her hard work keeping them in line.
And it looks like she could use a nap herself!
19. Those eyes!
We’re just glad that she seems to trust whoever is around her enough to look at them like that.
So many dogs have to find a way to care for their puppies on the streets, but it looks like she has a safe space and knows it.
20. Bulldog brood
Momma looks like she’s ready to let the kids out to play but wants to make sure it’s safe first.
Or else their family lined them up for a photo and this was the best they could do. It’s hard to make bulldogs focus if you’re not armed with treats!
21. Pro photo
They seem to be the most common breed to have pro photos taken of them.
Of course, this could be candid, but we suspect it takes a talented pet photographer to pull off this sweetness.
22. What now?
Her owners confirmed to everyone that she was a wonderful mother to her pups. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look to others for some guidance once in a while.
Truly, it does take a village to raise a litter of puppies sometimes!
23. 5 flopsy furballs
We didn’t even notice the puppies at first, but once we saw those little pink heads we realized they had to be just hours old.
Mom looks ready for the coming year!
24. Ten is a crowd
We hope these Goldendoodles went to good homes.
Just as it is with other breeders, there are problems in the “Doodle” world as well – especially when people with severe allergies find out there’s really no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.
Puppies are cute – but we sure do have a lot of them in the world and not enough people to care for them!
25. Mother and child
While you might see this pit bull momma as having a concerned rather than a serene look on her face, she sure is protective of that puppy.
26. All in a row
Of course, puppies can be all sorts of colors depending on genetic expression. We doubt the family even notices that two look different. Dogs smell family, they don’t see it.
27. So pleased
The look on her face is priceless though. We can’t help but ascribe human emotions to extra-expressive dogs sometimes.
She really does look proud of her pups!
28. Don’t mess with mama
And we’re willing to bet it was the photographer that put a pup on her head, which she looks unamused by.
We’re not sure how the puppy feels about it either, but some people just want to get that perfect shot.
But our favorite Reddit comment was this:
“Does it look to anyone else like she’s about to perform a magic trick? ‘Pick a puppy, any puppy, don’t tell me which one’”
30. Ain’t motherhood grand
This dog is just doing her duty with a placid look on her face.
And considering just how many puppies there are, she’s going to be there for a while!
31. Clowning around
Give it a few more days and mom might have a different look on her face when they can jump the barrier!
32. Wide-eyed and ready for adventure
This litter is made up of bernerdoodles, no doubt bred for selling. They’re also a very cute breed – we just hope they all go to good homes.
And we have one for the owners as well – don’t wear black clothes in your house!
34. Big bliss
But while she might be a happy mom for now, it’s important to remember that many of these types of dogs end up in shelters (or worse).
A new litter isn’t always something for humans to celebrate (though we certainly can’t begrudge the dog her motherly pride).
35. A one-time mom
The poster shared her story about being abandoned by her owner while very pregnant. But puppies this small can’t always stay at the shelter because they need so much extra care and their own space.
Luckily, the Redditor who posted the photo is fostering them.
36. Happy husky
They’re great dogs though, so we hope these ones all have homes.
Mom looks very serious about protecting them.
37. Looking for approval
While she looks a bit trepidatious, her owner posted the photo assuring everyone that she was a very proud mom.
38. Variety pack
These little dachshunds are just darling – and mom knows it!
39. Sweet-faced surprise
After all, this could have easily been avoided by spaying the dog.
Then again, it could have been a surprise because they took her in not knowing she was pregnant. Either way, we hope it’s a lesson they only had to learn once.
40. Healthy appetites
That’s a lot of dog food to go through every day! But this is obviously from a breeder.
41. Boxer and baby
But seeing that her little one inherited the same look and she’s watching over him, we’d say she is, indeed, a proud momma.
42. Dad photobomb
Notice how many puppies are feeding in addition to the number sleeping! That’s a big litter! It’s a good thing mom has help.
43. Wrinkle parade
No wonder her pups follow her without argument. She doesn’t look like she takes any sass!
44. Cuddly cohort
This is one of those photos where you could just swear dogs could actually smile.
45. Red rascals
But luckily this will be her only litter and her humans are committed to making sure things are done right from here on out.
46. Don’t have a cow
This pup was rescued as a stray and may have already been pregnant.
That’s life on the streets for many dogs when we don’t support spaying and neutering programs in our communities.
47. Mass of malamutes
This pretty momma might not have time for much self-grooming in the coming weeks, but she looks pretty proud to be taking good care of her 10 puppies.
48. Babe in arms
Regardless, it looks like she’s giving a little extra time to at least one pup that needed it.
What a good momma.
49. Lucky 7
But by the looks of her nice whelping pen and the cozy bed for her little beans, she clearly has support around her.
50. Collie consortium
It looks like she may be in a shelter, so we hope they all find good homes.
51. Nine needy pups
Dad is a pit bull (the owners believe), so it looks like this was another “oops.” And hopefully the only one.
52. What a saint
Dad is also a Saint Bernard on the property and we can only assume the family wanted more puppies.
They sure are cute – but 10 Saint Bernards is A LOT of fur and feeding.
53. The sweetest
Lulu (the mom) is a pretty big deal on Instagram where you can find her at @loulouminidachshund and see her other litters as well.
54. Happy doggo
Just look at that prideful and coy grin.
She knows what she’s doing.
55. Double rescue
That’s a big responsibility for people to take on and we admire the efforts of the people who do it.
Here’s hoping they all get the forever homes their mom found someday.
56. Bath time!
It looks like the first bath went A-ok, and perhaps mom is relieved not to have to bathe her puppy herself anymore.
It’s growing up!
57. Quite a family
We’re just glad mom had a hand or two in getting all 10 of those puppies to grow up big and strong.
58. Selfie smile
And the faces on the puppies – oh my goodness.
Have you seen anything sweeter?
59. Frenchie family
But this momma doesn’t know that – she’s just happy to have a healthy family.
60. Look what I made!
This is a heeler, and their puppies are often born white and then develop marking as they age.
Mom looks thrilled with what she accomplished and we hope they all find loving forever homes.
And while they are all adorable, it’s important to keep in mind that many of them will end up in shelters, which is why it’s so important to spay and neuter your pets.
And adopt, don’t shop! There are plenty of needy dogs already born that make great pets!
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