Dogs are pack animals and their siblings and parents are members of their first pack. Depending on how long the dogs stay in their first pack with their littermates and their bond with each other plays one of the most critical roles in their dog’s ability to recognize each other later in life.
Some stories about meeting up siblings later in life have mixed experiences, from the sniffing each other a lot, and getting right into playing without any conflict, to more likely to fight, growl, and bark.
There are some signs that can be noticed when siblings meet each other, such as:
– Body Language
- Wag tail and
– Other Signs
- Staying Close to Other Dog
- Very Attentive Behavior
- Acting Calm
They were born in the same litter last June and according to Susan, from the day of birth, they were close so much. In that pack of dogs there were six, but Monty and Rosie were always together. The separation happened when Susan’s friends from a nearby village adopted Monty.
Fortunately, accidentally after 10 months of not seeing each other and that encounter “was so lovely, and they both just jumped up and hugged each other,” explains Susan.
This heartwarming reunion went viral after its sharing on Twitter by Libby Pincher and that tweet received more than 900,000 likes.
pls look at what my dad sent me this morning I cannot even😭❣️🐶 pic.twitter.com/QTy5J8uEwZ
— 𝐋𝐈𝐁𝐁𝐘 🦋 (@libpincher) May 19, 2020
But, even Susan and many followers on Twitter – are convinced that Monty and Rosie recognized each other, this is not the evidence for experts, who don’t believe that dogs can identify their siblings like this.
Science Behind Recognizing Dogs Siblings
According to Steven R. Lindsy, dogs do have the ability to identify their siblings later in life and can also identify their parents as well. However, that theory is for siblings which spent more than 6 weeks together.
Here are some scientific facts that can support that theory:
- The dog’s nose is about 10,000 times more sensitive than a human’s, so it is very probable they can identify a sibling through their smell.
- Numerous studies done suggest that dogs have the ability to recognize and remember specific faces when tested, which is a possibility that a dog can remember the face of a sibling of the same species.
- A close bond with a sibling can also mean they will have the ability to remember each other
- DNA may also play a role, which means they have the ability to recognize a family member/sibling.
Safety Tips for Sibling Dogs Remembering
- Be sure there is no aggression/competition between siblings
- Don’t let them play unattended.
No matter which theory is correct for Susan this is a new challenge and together with the new Monty’s owner they have decided that the siblings will spend a lot of time together in the future.