The following program contains material that is just too cute. Viewer discretion is advised.
Welcome to a world where cuddly knows no bounds,
a place where precious is redefined.
Witness the miracle of cute.
From their first triumphant calls to the wild
to their adventures with new friends,
it's three different [baby animal] coming of age stories...
a place where precious is redefined.
Witness the miracle of cute.
From their first triumphant calls to the wild
to their adventures with new friends,
it's three different [baby animal] coming of age stories...
...and they're awe-inspiringly adorable.
Because these animals are just too lovable,
too curious, note
An Animal Planet series focused on baby animals in all their cuteness. Most episodes feature three litters of either Cute Kittens or Precious Puppies for the first ten to twelve weeks of their lives, showcasing various milestones while being as adorable as possible.
After three years of cuteness, the show received a Spin-Off called Too Cute! Pint-Sized in 2014.
The first season of the show was originally on Netflix, but was eventually taken down. Season 4 can now be found on Hulu if you subbed to Hulu Plus.
This series contains examples of:
- The Ace: German Shepherd pups Riley and Bo.
- Action Girl: Scout the Cairn Terrier.
- Snowball the Ragdoll kitten has been adventurous since she was four days old, trying to wander around out of her box before she can see, hear, or even walk. After that, she was the first to explore around the house with waddling steps and the first to befriend Big Friendly Dog Mari.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Jack Russell Terrier Mackenzie's three daughters Apple, Buttons, and Cocoa.
- All of the Other Reindeer:
- Woodrow the Dalmatian is generally left out by his sisters, Francie and Madison, who are inseparable. He ends up forming a stronger bond with his mother Roxy, and in the end, is adopted by a local fireman.
- Maxwell the Retriever mix is a total misfit in terms of appearance and is often left behind by his littermates when it comes to socialising (until close to the end of the episode). Not that he seems to mind too much.
- Roo the Beagle is far smaller than his sisters and generally finds himself alone when it comes to their outings.
- Animal Theme Naming:
- Savannah kittens Tiger, Cougar, and Cheetah.
- The three Pomeranian puppies are named after birds: Sparrow, Wren, and Finch. It makes more sense since they're raised on a farm full of various birds.
- Babies Ever After:
- At the end of a "Growing Up" episode, we see that one of Truly Elegant's kittens Gizmo is now the proud mother of kittens herself.
- In Pint-Sized, British Shorthair Pippa is featured alongside her own babies.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Briard mom Fresco.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Reginald the Persian kitten can only take so much grooming.
- Big Eater:
- Eleanor the Bengal kitten. To be fair, she is the biggest in Madeline's litter.
- One particular scene has Shih-Tzus Ruby and Oreo's three daughters Ruby Jr., Kyra, and Lola all eating out of their parents' bowl of kibble. Oreo wants to know what's going on at the time.
- Big Fancy House: Many of the animals featured in the series live in very nice places, with some of the houses featured being so big that they're basically like mansions.
- Big Friendly Dog: Quite a few of them show up as either parents of puppies or as new friends to both puppies and kittens. Mari the German Shepherd in particular is so adorably eager to meet the Ragdoll kittens that she ends up accidentally scaring them by being too eager but doesn't harm any of them. She does calm down soon and eventually bonds with all the kittens, especially Snowball to the point where she stays with Mari in the end.
- Sinta the German Shepherd is a big but very kind Parental Substitute for Oreo the tuxedo kitten as well as welcoming toward other animals such as Nellie the skunk.
- And there's also Timber, another German Shepherd who not only is a good babysitter to the Cornish Rex kittens but he provides some male bonding with Tofu since he's the sole male around four sisters.
- Big Brother Instinct: Finn the Mini-Aussie Shepherd pup comes to Jojo's rescue after hearing her whimpering when she wanders too far away from the other pups while trying to follow Rosie.
- Big Sister Bully: Xena the Beagle pup is this to her smaller and only brother Roo. Usually when he sniffs out a treat, Xena shoves him away and snatches it from him. Until near the end of the episode, where Roo successfully fights to keep it.
- Bittersweet Ending: All the episodes usually end with the puppies/kittens getting adopted by new families. While it's nice to see them get new, loving homes, it's also a bit sad to see the group of animals you spent an hour watching having to go their separate ways.
- Book Ends: Oreo arrives at his refuge home as a defenseless little baby. By the end of his episode, the now Older and Wiser Oreo is seen befriending another baby kitten before he's properly adopted.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Oskar the pug puppy.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A non-romantic type. Doberman Pinscher pups Bosco and Dot.
- The Bully: Della the Chihuahua is this to Shorthair kittens Noodles and Cheddar.
- Bumbling Dad: Sabu the Maine Coon, towards his kittens and especially Lulu. Justified since he's basically a teenager, having been around 10 months old when the kitties were born. In time, he does form a bond with his son Dante where they become Birds of a Feather.
- Can't Catch Up: Rat Terrier pup Liam seemed to be this, except for being the only one who could catch up with Minnie the pony.
- Chew Toy: Peaches the Shar-Pei is this to her brother Raisin, but she takes it in stride by using brains instead of brawn to deal with him.
- Chocolate Baby: Siberians Solomeya and Maksim are both white-furred, but their litter is filled with black kittens... just like the handsome tom next door. Oops.
- Christmas Episode: "Puppy And Kitten Holiday Special".
- Clip Show:
- "Sweetest Animal Friends" features old clips from the Domestic Shorthairs of "Kittens and Pocket Pets", the Mini Australian Shepherds of "Puppies and Ducklings", and the Ragdolls/German Shepherds of "Kitten Dolls".
- "Fluffiest Kittens" features old clips from the Siberians of "Kittens and Pocket Pets", the Persians of the very first episode, and the Maine Coons of "Kitten Cottonballs".
- "#MerryCuteness" features several dialogue-free versions of clips from earlier episodes set to Christmas music.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Winston.
- Content Warnings: Parodied: "The following program contains material that is just too cute. Viewer discretion is advised."
- Cowardly Lion:
- Tiger the Savannah kitten.
- Cosmo the Russian Blue kitten starts out like this, but as time goes by, he becomes more adventurous.
- In more or less the same vein as Cosmo, Atlas the Norwegian Forest kitten was this, too.
- Cute Kitten: So many!
- Cuteness Proximity: This is how the viewer feels.
- Daddy's Girl:
- Mittens with her stepfather Maksim.
- Carly and her father Kazu.
- Determinator: Rottweiler runt Bear and Maltese mix puppy Ralphie.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Wilbur the Pit Bull.
- A Dog Named "Cat":
- Whippet pup Mouse.
- Rottweiler pup Bear.
- Great Pyrenese pup Moose, as well as British Shorthair Moose.
- Border Collie pup Fly.
- Old English Sheepdog pup Panda.
- Papilion pup Kitty.
- Edible Theme Naming:
- Butters and her kittens Noodles and Cheddar.
- Tonkinese brothers Muffin and Cookie.
- Shar-Pei brothers Raisin and Pancake and their sister Peaches.
- Mini pot-bellied piglet Pretzel.
- Munchkin kitten Porkchop.
- Shiba Inu puppy Cinnamon and her mother Spicy.
- Japanese Chin mom Cookie.
- Cocker Spaniel puppy Coffee.
- Singapura triplets Pepper, Saffron, and Basil from the same episode as Porkchop follow this for condiments, as well as Burmese kitten Pepper.
- Boxer pup Peanut, as well as Rhodesian Ridgeback mom Peanut.
- Coton de Tulear pup Buttermilk.
- Dachshund pup, Pickle.
- Cornish Rex kitten, Tofu.
- Mixed Breed pup, Honey.
- Siamese kitten, Chai.
- Black Russian Terrier mom, Olive.
- Sphynx kitten Prune.
- Old English Sheepdog mom, Whiskey.
- Jack Russell Terrier pup, Apple.
- Savannah dad, Pudding.
- Edutainment Show
- Family Theme Naming: More than half of the litters wind up with themes.
- Fiery Redhead:
- Bronson and Buster, in contrast to their brunette brother Liam.
- Siberian kitten Calvin, much to his parents Boris and Coorah's frustration.
- Floral Theme Naming:
- Lily and Rose, the daughters of the Persians Mercedes and King Tut.
- Tulip the Keeshond pup.
- Bullmastiff pup Daisy, as well as Tortoiseshell kitten Daisy and Bulldog pup Daisy.
- Boxer mom and Singapura mom, both go by the name, Jasmine.
- Formula-Breaking Episode:
- "Sweetest Animal Friends" is a Clip Show that focuses on the stories of 3 litters from previous episodes: the Domestic Shorthairs (Noodles, his brother Cheddar, their siblings and their mother Butters) from "Kittens and Pocket Pets", the Mini Australian Shepherds (Finn, his sister Jojo, their siblings, and their mother Rosie) and the ducklings from "Puppies and Ducklings", and the Ragdolls (Snowball, her siblings, and their mother Ruffian) and Mari the German Shepherd from "Kitten Dolls".
- "Extra Special Pets" focuses on pot-bellied piglets, lop-eared rabbit kittens, and hedgehog hoglets.
- "Fluffiest Kittens" is another Clip Show, that focuses on the stories of 3 kitten litters from previous episodes: the Siberians (Mittens, her sister Socks, their four siblings, their mother Solomeya, and their stepfather Maksim) from "Kittens and Pocket Pets", the Persians (Reginald, his sisters Gizmo and Priscilla, their other two sisters, and their mother Truly Elegant) from the very first episode, and the Maine Coons (Dante, his sister Lulu, their three siblings, their mother Sierra, and their father Sabu) from "Kitten Cottonballs".
- Two "Animal Best Friends" specials focus on the stories of Tallulah the bear cub and Kai the German Shepherd, Joey the kangaroo and his Muntjac deer pal Darby and Poppi the lemur, brown lamb Cocoa and his goat buddy Sapphire, Snowflake the Coton de Tulear puppy and Pipsqueak the pygmy goat (the only friendship from a previous episode), baboon infant Josh Earl and his surrogate father Poncho the Golden Retriever, and Minnie the Flemish Giant rabbit and her best friend Tinsel the Teacup Pig.
- An episode titled "Baby Sloths" features only two actual baby sloths in focus, though a few others are seen; however, much of the special focuses on the adult sloths in a rescue sanctuary, and it's generally a complete stylistic break from the rest of the show, even including the founder and employees of the sanctuary in the story. It's also the only episode to directly mention death. It is, however, still too cute.
- A Christmas special, "#MerryCuteness", is a clip show completely free of narration.
- From Special to Series: Too Cute began life as a series of three specials (Kittens, Puppies, and Baby Sloths) that aired in 2011.
- Gender-Blender Name: Sapphire the goat is a boy.
- Genki Girl:
- Pipsqueak the pygmy goat.
- Carly the Japanese Chin puppy.
- Penny the Springer Spaniel.
- Doodle the long-haired Dachshund.
- Gentle Giant:
- Lukie the dog.
- Timber the German Shepherd.
- Mari the German Shepherd.
- Bryan the Pit Bull.
- Girl Posse: Mixed-breed puppy Java and her sisters. The narrator even refers to the latter two as Java's "girl gang."
- Happily Adopted: Eventually, the orphaned Oreo is taken in by the mother cat Ginger. It helps that Ginger's actual kittens Chester and Murray are already Oreo's buddies.
- Heartwarming Orphan:
- Oreo the Tuxedo kitten.
- Kitten siblings Miles and Maisey.
- Tallulah the Syrian brown bear cub.
- Josh Earl the baboon infant.
- Mixed-breed kitten Louise and her siblings.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Wally and Buster the Dandie Dinmont terriers.
- Cougar the Savannah kitten. It shows when she flips out at the vet, and in order to calm her down, her ears are rubbed.
- Coco the Frenchie is very hyperactive, and sometimes it gets on her brother Chauncey's nerves.
- Pickle the Dachshund puppy.
- Ineffectual Loner:
- Thor the Pit Bull puppy has eight other siblings and spends most of their segments trying to find some peace and quiet.
- Trixie the Chihuahua puppy just wants to be by herself, but that's difficult to achieve when you're in a big family.
- Marvin the Briard pup has nine siblings and spends his time looking for his dad, Unger.
- Alaskan Malamute, Tundra. While her siblings compete with each other to see who will be Alpha Pup, she prefers to do her own thing away from the crowd.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Typically combined with Interspecies Friendship below.
- Tailed Manx kitten Charlie seems to have one with nineteen-year-old Siamese cat Buddy.
- Interspecies Friendship:
- The Domestic Shorthairs were raised in a New York apartment full of various animals, most notably alongside a guinea pig named Ariel.
- German Shepherd Mari with the tiny Ragdoll Snowball.
- As well as Jaegar, another German Shepherd, with tiny Toyger kitten Tanya.
- It takes a little patience, but Maggie the mini Potbellied Pig eventually warms up to peppy Penny, a Springer Spaniel.
- Basset Hound puppy Max and hamster Dot.
- Cow Cat kitten Moo and his adopted skunk brother Duke.
- Coton de Tulear puppy Snowflake and her adopted pygmy goat sister Pipsqueak.
- Siberian kitten Boris and miniature pony Kitty.
- The Cornish Rex kittens and Timber, yet another German Shepherd.
- It takes a little while before the hoglets eventually warm up to Doodle the long-haired Dachshund.
- Tallulah the Syrian Brown Bear cub forms one with Kai, yet another German Shepherd.
- Merlin the Airedale Terrier puppy and Jerome the goat.
- Cairn Terrier puppy Doogie eventually manages to befriend Geronimo the cat.
- Havanese puppy Hazel and her fellow hedgehog Prickles.
- Siamese cat Sandra and bearded dragon Frank.
- The Mini Australian Shepherds and the ducklings.
- Sally the Goldendoodle pup and Trouble the pig.
- Bengal kitten Walter and Newfoundland Samson.
- Mini Schnauzer pup Otto and Farrah the Ferret.
- The Keeshond pups and the ducks.
- Scottish Terrier pup Dougal, and Tabby cat Rags.
- Irony: The Portuguese Water Dog pups don't like water! Domino eventually gets used to it, while his brother Ace... not so much, but he withstands a bath with Domino's encouragement.
- It Runs in the Family: Rory the Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy inherited the white diamond-shaped mark on his chest from his grandfather, who was a champion show dog. His cousin Thor also has the mark.
- Josh Earl the baboon infant.
- Sapphire the goat.
- Japanese Chin dad Kazu.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Moxie the French Bulldog watches reruns of this show.
- Lovable Jock:
- Angus the French Bulldog. His daughter Coco is a female example.
- The Chatham Hill Retriever puppies' dad Mozart.
- Female example: Tina the Dachshund competed in a Weiner dog race.
- Mama Bear:
- Truly Elegant the Persian chases off a pug that was harassing her kittens.
- Butters the Shorthair was once a street cat that would fight off her enemies. Being a mother in an apartment full of other animals made her very wary of her kittens' safety.
- Lola the Powderpuff Chinese Crested catches Cleo the Sphynx messing around with her daughter, Bella.
- Gidget the Yorkshire Terrier has her duty of protecting the household as well as her puppies, especially against the guinea hens in the yard.
- Havanese mom, Lulu, after hearing some bird calls, she chases them off, taking in the fact that she's a new mom.
- Cocker Spaniel mom, Isabelle. When Murphy the cat wants a look at her litter, she chases him off. She can even detect him whenever she's not around.
- Shih Tzu mom, Ruby chases off her mate Oreo when he wanted a look at their new brood.
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Hailey. When her mate Dallas is excited to see their litter, she growls at him to go.
- Himalayan mom, Ariel. According to the narrator, she's overprotective of her twins, especially when Pucci the dog is nearby.
- Siamese mom, Sandra can be overprotective of her triplets, especially her littlest one.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Sometimes this is the case for the dog litters. Usually combined with Too Many Babies.
- Meaningful Name:
- Abyssinian kitten Tiny Dancer is the runt of Avalon's litter.
- Jack Russell Terrier puppy Cocoa's fur is white with brown spots lighter than her sisters.
- Blue, the Sphinx kittens' father, has blue eyes.
- Callie, a cat named after her perfectly-blended calico coat just like her mama.
- Midas the Cocker Spaniel puppy has golden-coloured fur.
- Blanco is the only white puppy in his litter of brown mixed breeds. He does get some brown spots as late as three weeks old.
- Sheep lamb Cocoa has brown wool.
- Two of the Russian Blues are called Sputnik and Cosmo.
- Honey, a Mix-Breed pup is named after her honey-golden fur.
- Goldilocks the Shih Tzu is named for her golden coat.
- Snow, the Great Pyrenese pup is named for her snowy white coat.
- Neopolitan Mastiff pup, Blue named for his coat colour.
- Messy Male, Fancy Female: Major and Roxy the Samoyeds, respectively.
- Momma's Boy:
- Tiger sticks close to mother Jas Queen as much as possible.
- Moose the British Shorthair always wants to be by mother Roxy's side. Amusingly, their coat patterns match almost completely.
- Percy the Standard Poodle puppy always does what his mother Lotus Rose expects of him.
- Woodrow the Dalmatian pup mostly spends his time with his mom, Roxy.
- Multigenerational Household: Alongside their mother Beth, the Chihuahua puppies live with their uncle Coco Puff and their grandparents Montana and Ned. Their great-grandma Hannah even lives right next door.
- Musical Theme Naming: Several litters have ended up with musical themes.
- One litter of Tibetan Spaniels wound up being named John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
- One litter of Bernese Mountain Dogs ended up with two of the pups named Lars and Axel.
- The European Burmese kittens follow this trope. To be specific, two of them are named Ludwig and Melody, which makes a lot of sense since they're reared in a music teacher's house.
- Dolly Purrton (doubling as a Punny Name). Her daughter Jolene, meanwhile, is named after one of Dolly Parton's songs.
- Named After Somebody Famous:
- The Tibetan Spaniel brothers were named after the members of The Beatles.
- In "Pint-Sized", we have Dolly Purrton (doubling as a Punny Name).
- The Chatam Retrievers Dad Mozart, named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- No-Dialogue Episode: "#MerryCuteness" contains no narration, just clips of the animals being cute set to Christmas music instrumentals. The only talking in the episode is near the end when a child adopting one of the animals says "This one likes me."
- Nominal Importance: Typically, two kittens or pups per litter are specifically named and get plenty of focus, along with their parents. In smaller litters, all the members get named.
- No Sense of Direction: Olaf the Siberian Husky puppy has some problems returning during his exercises.
- Odd Friendship: See Interspecies Friendship above.
- Odd Name Out:
- Burmese runt Pepper when compared to her siblings, Luna and Midnight.
- Shiba Inu puppies Roxie, Misty, and... Cinnamon.
- Oh, Crap!: Boris the Siberian has this reaction when he loses track of his son Calvin.
- Once per Episode:
- At least one first trip to the vet is shown.
- There's always the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
- In the hour-long episodes, one commercial break includes a "Too Cute Quiz", where the narrator asks a question along the lines of "Which of the three breeds in the episode (insert historical fact here)?" The Pint-Sized episodes instead have a look behind the scenes, often showing how the animals are very interested in the camera and other equipment.
- One of the Kids:
- The Rottweiler puppies' uncle Mack.
- The Maine Coons' father Sabu, though in his case, he was still technically a kitten when his own kids were born (he was only around 10-months-old when his kittens were born).
- The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pups' teenage aunt Zsa Zsa.
- The Irish Terrier pups' brother Gianni, who's their older brother from a previous litter.
- The Persian King Tut, the father of the other Persian Mercedes's kittens.
- Cornish Rex dad Linus and Cornish Rex mom Beanie.
- Other Bullmastiff mom, Annie.
- Outdoorsy Gal:
- Siberian mother Rona is definitely an outdoor cat by inclination.
- Tabby mom Muffy loves climbing in trees.
- Tiny Dancer. She's a lover, not a fighter.
- Dot the Doberman. When it's feeding time, she prefers to wait for her turn instead of pushing her larger siblings to get the best spot to eat.
- Paper Tiger: Pucci the Chihuahua might be able to grab his owner's attention and doesn't always get along with the Himalayans, but getting hissed at by Belle is enough to intimidate him.
- Parental Substitute:
- Sinta the German Shepherd acts like a mother toward orphaned Tuxedo kitten Oreo.
- Poncho the Golden Retriever is chosen by baboon infant Josh Earl to be his father figure.
- The mixed-breed kittens, especially Louise, seem to see the two Dandie Dinmont terriers as possible candidates for this trope.
- Passing the Torch: British Shorthair Roxy hands over her job of calming vet patients to her daughter Pippa; the latter then gives it to her own daughter Kate later on in "Pint-Sized."
- Platonic Co-Parenting: Since Queenie and her eldest daughter Princess had their litters only one day apart, they raise their kittens together.
- Plucky Girl: Maine Coon kitten Lulu doesn't let anything scare her, not even her Bumbling Dad.
- Practically Different Generations: Occasionally, examples of this will pop up. Justified due to the fact that dogs and cats don't actually go through menopause and can have litters at any point in their lives; moreover, they have much shorter childhoods relative to their overall lifespans than humans.
- The Irish terrier pups have an older brother Gianni from their mother's previous litter. He is the equivalent of a teenager while the puppies themselves are toddler-aged.
- Tonkinese cat Princess and her mother Queenie have their litters within a day of each other, resulting in the former's siblings and children being around the same age.
- Precious Puppy: So many!
- Prone to Tears: The Chatham Hill Retriever puppy Nora.
- Punny Name:
- Two "Cow Cats" are named Moo and Bessie.
- In "Pint-Sized", Dolly Purrton.
- Real Men Wear Pink: The entirely pink-skinned Sphynx Gremlin is the biggest and bossiest in his litter.
- Rebellious Spirit:
- Sawyer the German Shepherd pup. He gets better when we eventually catch up to him on a "Growing Up" episode and even becomes a teacher like his mother Minnie at the end.
- Standard Poodle puppy Bebe.
- Tonkinese kitten Nancy, much to her mother Ginger's dismay.
- Cockapoo puppy Freddy.
- Collie pup Magic.
- Record Needle Scratch: Used when Shiba Inu Spicy comes back in the room where her daughters Roxie, Misty, and Cinnamon are tearing up the pillows.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Chow Chow pups Oscar and Tony, respectively.
- Dachshund pups Pickle and Rollo, respectively. Ironically, Rollo wears a hot dog tracksuit with ketchup.
- Best friends Tinsel the Teacup Pig and Minnie the Flemish Giant rabbit, respectively.
- Dalmatian pups Francie and Madison to their brother Woodrow.
- Seeing Eye dog students Gus the German Shepherd pup and Fred the Golden Retriever pup, respectively.
- French Bulldog pups Coco and Chauncey, respectively.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The main attraction of the show, of course.
- Rule of Cute: The show survives on this rule; the audience is attracted and held by the cuties on the screen.
- Rule of Three: Each episode features three litters.
- The Runt at the End:
- Manx kitten Charlie is the only one in his litter to be born with a tail.
- Siamese kitten Rudy is the smallest in his litter and was born with his paw bent inward. He eventually gets it surgically corrected by a vet.
- Beagle pup Roo is the runt of the litter of an all-girls Beagle litter.
- Boxer pup Peanut is the runt of the litter and gets left behind by his bigger siblings.
- Doberman Pinscher pup Dot is the runt of the litter of twelve Doberman Pinschers and constantly gets help from a little girl.
- Burmese kitten Pepper is the runt of the litter but she winds up the only kitten able to pass through the training course and even climbs up a six foot tall cat tree.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies Charlie and Otis have this dynamic. The latter is bold and adventurous, while the former is timid and cautious.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Played for Laughs with the Ragamuffins: unlike most cats, they dislike climbing, so when Otto tries to reach the food on the counter, it's an epic journey... only for their owner to put the plate down on the floor right as he makes it up. Meeeeeeep.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming:
- Himalayan mother Ariel and her twins, Jacques and Belle, are all named for Disney characters (two Disney Princesses and a mouse friend of a third).
- In a later episode, two Savannah kittens are Zazu and Nala, after characters from The Lion King (1994).
- Boots and Little Bear's father King Arthur is named for, well, King Arthur.
- The hoglets' parents are named Samson and Delilah.
- Miniature Poodle mom Minnow is named for the boat the cast of Gilligan's Island originally traveled in, and her father is actually named Gilligan.
- The Shar-Pei mother's name is Baby Jane after the titular character in this 1962 horror film.
- Shrinking Violet:
- Rottweiler puppy Lila, probably due to having ten rowdy brothers and sisters to deal with.
- Tortoiseshell kitten Daisy.
- Mini-Lop rabbit kitten Clover.
- Maltese mix Coco.
- Papillon pup Kitty.
- Coton de Tulear pup, Snowflake.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup Paris.
- Sibling Rivalry:
- Rollo and Pickle, but it becomes a Friendly Rivalry the moment Pickle escorts Rollo to the finish line after Pickle won the race.
- Alaskan Malamute pups, Klondike and Avalanche compete for the title "alpha pup", until their sister Tundra won the title and decide to call it a truce.
- Border Collie brothers Shep and Fly.
- Sick Episode: The Tonkinese Queenie gets sick soon after the birth of both her kitties and her grandkittens, so Princess must take care of both her half-siblings and her own babies until the matriarch gets better.
- Sleep Cute: Used for the background of the opening advisory, and a staple of the actual episodes.
- Great Dane puppy Marvin.
- Savannah kitten Zazu.
- Japanese Chin pup Baron and his brothers, before their sister Carly brings out their liveliness.
- Basset Hound pups, June and Julia.
- Cairn Terrier pup, Fergus.
- Airdale Terrier pup, Rocket.
- Golden Retriever puppy Fred, in contrast with his fellow student at the Seeing Eye school, Gus the German Shepherd puppy.
- Slice of Life: For the most part.
- Spin-Off: Too Cute! Pint-Sized. There, Pippa the British Shorthair cat is revealed to have a litter of her own.
- Squirrels in My Pants: Pip, a baby hedgehog on an all-exotics episode, likes climbing up into people's trouser cuffs. Bristle-side out, luckily.
- Stealth Pun: Halle the pug is a stickler when it comes to order, making her a stuck-up bitch.
- Tagalong Kid: Scottish Terrier Tess is this to her brother Dougal.
- Team Mom: Sinta the German Shepherd watches all of the other animals in the house, including little kitty Oreo.
- Theme Naming: All over the place.
- Theme Twin Naming:
- Siberian kittens Mittens and Socks have four other siblings but are frequently called twins.
- Safari and Sally the Lab mix puppies.
- Buttons and Bella the Chinese Crested pups.
- Spot and Ebony the Lowchen pups.
- Coco and Chauncey the French Bulldog pups.
- Third Wheel: A non-romantic variant with siblings: Rufus the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy is frequently ignored by his two sisters, Gemma and Clover, who are inseparable.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: The tiny Toyger kitten Tanya has no problem bossing around the much bigger Jaegar.
- Title Drop: At least once at the beginning, and at the end of each episode.
- Visual Pun:
- In their update, it's noted that Domestic Shorthair Boots remains a few steps ahead of her brother Little Bear... while they're both sitting on the stairs.
- In the Russian Blue episode, the narrator says that Cosmo is still a few steps behind his siblings. Actually, a whole flight behind. He's upstairs while his siblings are downstairs.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Sometimes, they won't mention what happened to one of the named animals, such as not mentioning Cheddar at the end of the Domestic Shorthair episode.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
- Each episode ends with pictures showing how the babies have grown, and a brief update on how they're doing.
- In the 3rd season, we eventually get to know what happens to some of the animals in the "Growing Up" episodes.