Precious Puppies

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Short, kid-friendly docu will entertain young dog lovers.
  • G
  • 2003
  • 53 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Both dogs and humans enjoy the training process as most dogs love to have jobs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Different breeds of dogs bred for different strengths display their traits.

Violence & Scariness

Puppies wrestle and nip each other, sometimes aggressively, but no one gets hurt. Puppies emerge from the birth canal. A small amount of blood can be seen.

Sexy Stuff

A pregnant dog runs around, then gives birth.




Dog trainers, dog stores, dog groomers, and other individual businesses are featured from around the world.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Precious Puppies is an aww-inducing, short, general information documentary about puppies and dogs. Footage of actual puppy birth is shown, pups are seen suckling, and the word "teat" is used, but the movie doesn't concentrate on any one topic in particular and includes dog variety and training. Circus and service dogs are seen at work.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byJoodee February 10, 2017

Fun to watch

If your child likes dogs, this is a wonderful little movie. Plenty of cuteness with just enough info. Only thing that concerned me was the description of a dog... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byjenny31016 August 8, 2017


would have given it five stars but there was a kitten at one point and it was advertised as puppies. also there was a puppy being born and i'm traumatised.... Continue reading

What's the story?

PRECIOUS PUPPIES is a short Australian documentary about dogs, with segments on puppyhood, training, sled-racing, dog beauty pageants, parades, grooming, and sniffing contraband.

Is it any good?

This documentary is not about puppies, particularly, but rather an arbitrary review of dogs in all their cuteness, cleverness, and diversity. Although the 53-minute piece is divided into segments -- Growing Up, Breeds Apart, Playful Toys, Growling and Howling, Clever Creatures, Performing Pooches, Pampered Puppies -- for the most part the filmmaker, Greg Grainger, doesn't seem constrained by the stated categories of those segments, nor by the word "puppies" in the title. Nevertheless, there are lots of dogs and puppies scampering around, doing tricks, pulling sleds, wearing costumes, chewing toys, detecting contraband, and yipping delightfully. Small, animal-loving children will enjoy Precious Puppies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the close relationship developed over thousands of years between man and dog. How do dogs help man, and how does man help dogs?

  • What does it mean to breed a dog for certain abilities or qualities? How is a terrier different from a husky, and why do you think they developed those differences?

  • Dog moms take care of their puppies until human owners take the puppies home. What do humans have to do to make sure puppies are healthy and happy?

  • What kind of puppy would you get if you could choose?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love animals

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