do male dogs reconize thier children?

do male dogs know thier pups are thier pups?

Asked by Member 936427 on Jan 7th 2010 in Behavior & Training
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YES!!! and they play with them and 'babysit' and teach them doggy ways. They just don't care much about them til they get running around.

Member 901737 answered on 1/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Do they recognize them as their own?? I do not believe they do! My male dogs play the same way will all pups in the house, whether the pups are theirs or some other dog's pups that have come here from some other breeder's home.

Member 641257 answered on 1/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


That is an interesting question. In a wolf pack, all the adults work at nurturing the pups. Our friends that keep Lab breeding stock also had a neutered male Golden. Isaac was always allowed into the whelping box to help groom the new born puppies. They can't eliminate unless an adult liks them. They also allowed some other males to help with the puppies.

Still I do remember out first visit to the dog guide school. There were 5 of our puppy's litter there plus the mother. Later the trainer that housed him brought the sire down. He layed there the perfect gentleman letting the puppies crawl all over him and bite his ears. It was like something out of Disney. There were a hundred or maybe 200 puppies there. I don't remember him being allowed around any others although hehad sired many of the litters that were there.

Aster answered on 1/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I believe that most male dogs would know their own puppy.

Dogs have a very highly refined sense of smell and instinct and they more than likely can smell certain aspects of their own scent on the puppies.

Jack answered on 1/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

While I cannot answer this from experience, I have read stories (that were supposed to be true) about males recognizing their pups.
Here's one, scroll down to "Renny, a Very Special Dog":

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 1/8/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer