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Dog Family Ties

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Hey, an,

I adopted a 4 month old puppy and everything's great. I'm just curious about something.
My eldest dog went through a false pregnancy recently after her spay and ever since has displayed motherly behavior toward the pup. The pup, having been abandoned/taken too early, eats it up because she loves the attention.
So my question is simply, do these two or dogs in general, have any concept when they are or are not related?
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>>2321947
Dogs always adopt anything or can be adopted by anything. Doesn't even matter if the adopter/ee isn't a dog.
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>>2321952
But is there a marked difference in behavior between dogs that are directly related, like litter-mates, and dogs that 'adopt' each other?
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>>2321962
Probably not, at least not in the same way you or I think of it
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>>2321947
>>2321947
>So my question is simply, do these two or dogs in general, have any concept when they are or are not related?
no, why would they?
Im amazed what narrow ideas people who post here often have.

mammals of one species being raised by another is not an uncommon occurrence, nevermind puppies of one dog being raised by another dog.

that's why puppies are cute. it's to trigger our protection instincts and give it love, attention, food and shelter.

dogs (and other mammals) have flexible social behaviour. and in this particular case, it's clearly a win-win situation for both the puppy and the older dog.
why would you want to stop them from being happy?
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>>2322587
>postulation is narrow-minded
lolok.
>why would they?
Why wouldn't they? Can you reference material proving that they don't? It'd seem a biological-imperative to differentiate blood-kin from nonrelatives for nearly every animal that produces sexually.
>they're happy. Why stop them?
I'm not.
Their behavior sparked my curiosity about their capacity for kin-recognition and what mechanisms, if any, may be involved.

>>2322582
Definitely not on a conscience level like humans do.
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