Can dogs recognize their relatives.

Can dogs recognize their relatives.

Have you ever wondered if your dog would recognize their brother or sister?  Study shows that they can recognize them, but that is if they were together the first 16 weeks of their life. The dogs that got separated from their siblings or rehomed before the 16 week mark, that they will not recognize each other.   If the puppy stays with the mom for the first 12- 16 weeks there is a strong chance they will recognize her.  

If puppy littermates remain together for the first 16 weeks of the puppy’s life, the chances are they’ll spot their relatives later on, at least for a few years.  But there are exceptions – pups that are rehomed before the 16-week mark are less likely to recognise one another later on.  If the pups are able to stay with the dams (the mother) for the first 12-16 weeks of their lives, it’s likely they will remember their mum into adulthood, maybe even further than that.  The longer they stay together, the better the odds of them recognising one another are,” says Nia Dalton.