Giving birth is an incredible yet intense experience. And showing off our offspring is part of the delight. So there's no reason to assume it's any different for our four-legged friends .
If you need convincing, just check out these 19 photos showing dogs and cats with their adorable litters…
1. A Welsh Corgi Pembroke and her sleepy little one
2. This adorable French Bulldog puppy with his mum in the background
3. A Siamese and her 6 kittens after they had a good wash
4. Healthy, well-fed pups!
5. An Akita Inu watches over her brood
6. One very happy family
7. A tired Husky mum and her sleeping puppies
8. A Pembroke Welsh Corgi strikes a pose beside her dozing litter
9. A very proud Bernese Bouvier
10. Making sure their little ones finish their meal
11. Golden Retrievers in selfie mode
12. A beautiful Pitbull family
13. A Dalmation mum shows off her litter of 12!
14. Dinnertime for this Irish Red Setter litter!
15. Just a Golden Retriever taking his pups for a walk...
16. This lovely family of Samoyeds
17. A Chow Chow whose puppies look like cuddly toys
18. A German Shepherd that needs some 'me time'
19. A Shar-Pei that can finally go to bed after a gruelling day