A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Both dogs and humans enjoy the training process as most dogs love to have jobs.
Positive Role Models
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A pregnant dog runs around, then gives birth.
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Products & Purchases
Dog trainers, dog stores, dog groomers, and other individual businesses are featured from around the world.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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