Toys of the Eighties, Puppy Surprise
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Puppy Surprise: "Puppy surprise, puppy surprise, how many inside, 3, 4, or 5?" A pregnant Mommy dog with surprise puppies inside a velcro-enclosed stomach. It was really cool if you got 5 puppies inside, but rare.
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Crystal - March 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Apparently these were made by Playskool. You could look at the inside of the dog's ears to see if it was a girl (pink) or boy (blue.) The mom and puppies all had the same markings. There was also Kitty Surprise
Amy - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a horse one. She was so cute and she had 3 little babies inside.
midd - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
these were so great. but no one ever got 5. scandalous.
Maya - August 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I had kitty surprise and got 4 kittens. i also had puppy surprise and had 5 puppies.
April - August 31, 2007 - Report this comment
These were originally made by Hasbro, NOT Playskool, which released it's own line of Puppy Surprise in 2005. In addition to Puppy and Kitty Surprise, there was also Pony and Panda Surprise.
Englishgirl - September 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember having one... Although perhaps a much later one because it looked nothing like the example here... however she had 5 puppies.
Stevie - September 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved puppy suprise. She looked different from the pic though. You opened her velcrow tummy and puppies came out. I actually had one that had 5 puppies! I have later learned that it was very uncommon to haev 5. guess I was lucky. I dont have the dog anymore but I still have one of the my junk drawer. I just cant get rid of it
Katie - October 07, 2007 - Report this comment
I got the puppy surprise but mine only had three puppies. I remember some of their faces were made to look asleep and others were awake. I think I got one puppy that was asleep. My friend had all of the animal surprise versions! She was spoiled, haha. Later they made accessories to go with the puppies like baseball uniforms or something. The picture at the top is the new version from 2006 seeing as its really ugly and resembles a brat doll...they did the same thing with Littlest Pet Shop.
Robin - October 19, 2007 - Report this comment
This toy is kind of disturbing.
Tiffany - November 03, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the origianl puppy surprise, which had 3 puppies... I also had a bunny one (3 babies), a cat (2 kittens) & a horse one (the rare & coveted 5). trying to find one of the new ones for my daughter, & my mom's getting my old ones out of storage.
Kris - November 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the orange Bunny Suprise. She ended up having 5 baby bunnies. They came with ribbon around thier neck in blue or pink to specify the gender. I also had the back and white Puppy Suprise. She ended up having 3 puppies which looked exactly alike; 2 boys and 1 girl. I'm suprised I even remember this! =]
Carmen - November 17, 2007 - Report this comment
This is one toy that I BEGGED for HARDCORE!!! I remember asking "Santa" for it in my letter & asking my dad & my grandpa & other family members. but no one seemed to remember it.
Amanda - November 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the original. The above picture is definitely NOT the original.
ashley - December 02, 2007 - Report this comment
i also had the origianl puppy surpirse! and again like i mentioned in the littlest pet shop forum, that they are re-relaeing good toys but RUINING THEM!!
Vicky - December 08, 2007 - Report this comment
I still have my Puppy Surprise from when I was 6 (I'm currently 22). It's not exactly in the best of shape, though. Mine, a cream colored one with white ears and tail, came with four puppies, three of which are females. One of them looks just like the mother, one's almost an inverted version, and the other two are black and white. The more recent one kinda disturbs me, and the original was disturbing enough, in theory. Lol.
clare - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
when i lived in america and i was about 6yrs old i had one - she was white and had 3 puppies. i loved them and took them everywhere with me.we went travelling and i lost her - i was devestated! i then got a pink one and lost her too!! i cried so much does anyone know where you can buy the original ones from?
ashley - December 11, 2007 - Report this comment
look on ebay for puppy surprises. i just bought another one from when we were little, meaning the original. just keep looking until you find one! good luck! let us know if you find one.
Amber - December 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Why do so many people find pregnant toys disturbing? It's part of LIFE people!! Get over it. What? Did you grow up in a bubble of some sort where babies were delivered by storks?? Come on!
Hannah - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Puppy Surprise was cute back in the 80s, but the ones sold today aren't I used to have one back in the 80s.
Jouah - January 26, 2008 - Report this comment
This is the most fantastic series of comments I've found in a long time. I especially like Amber's flip out. Keep it up ladies. Communication is key. Also, did anyone else like to put other animals inside mommy and have her birth those too?
Laura - February 02, 2008 - Report this comment
The song was "Puppy Surprise, Puppy Surprise, how many puppies... are hiding inside?"
Melissa - February 13, 2008 - Report this comment
A shame that pic is not the original puppy surprise. I just found an original puppy i had when i was little hehe
moil - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
i like how it is pregnant
Casey! - May 22, 2008 - Report this comment
The picture that's up is a waaay recent version of Puppy Surprise byb Playskool! The old school 80's Puppy Surprise was one thousand times more awesome! ;)
Lisa - June 09, 2008 - Report this comment
heehee I loved this toy , I had the pink version of the orignal, and got 4 puppies. they're definately ruining the originals nowadays :(
Kristen - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
April is only partially correct. There were 5 varieties. Puppy Surprise (I had one), Kitty Surprise, Bunny Surprise, Pony Surprise, and Cub Surprise. They were all by Hasbro. I have a friend who has one of each, except for the cub. ^_^
Ducky - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
YAY to the person who posted the picture of the original! I had one that was pinkish-lavender & she had 4 puppies. Remember that scene in 101 Dalmations (the first Disney cartoon movie, not the live action movie or the cartoon TV show) when Perdita has her puppies? And one dies but Roger rubs it & brings it back to life? I used to imitate that scene with these puppies...they were just the right size lol.
Shelly - August 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved puppy surprise when I was little. I remember I got one and the mom didn't have 5 puppies, so I begged for another puppy surprise. And another after that one. I had three different moms and I never got 5 puppies, I was so disappointed! But it was fun naming the puppies!
Nanno - August 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have my Puppy Surprise, with 4 puppies. And i still have my Original Cat surprise, with 2 twin kittens, that you had to wash their eyes with a warm wash cloth to open them.
Beth - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I love puppy surprise, I just found my puppy's in the roof but cant find the mum :( I used to have one that had a nappy and a dummy, any idea where I can get one nowadays??? The new ones are rubbish!!!!
Srra - September 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Kitty surprise is the best toy ever! Mine was brown and it had three kittens! I never knew there were puppies and horsies as well!
E - October 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the kitten, puppy, pony, AND bunny surprise! They were so awesome. i wonder where they went...
Danielle - October 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved my puppy surprise when i was younger! I took her everywhere, me and my best friend had one each. We played with them everyday! Iv recently just brought a few off of E-bay, i now have various puppy surprise's, kitty surprise's, cub, pony and bunny surprise's! I'm qute proud of my fast growing collection :)
poet - November 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I had two of the panda bears one was pink the other teal and I had two dogs one was pink the other was just like the one in the picture. I don't remember just how many puppies or pandas though
Anna - January 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember this! My brother got it for Christmas one year. The dog was brown and came with 3 puppies. He later gave it to me.
Sarah - January 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a puppy suprise with 5 puppies. None of my friends seem to remember this, glad others do.
Em - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Mine was pink dog with three puppies.I remember they sold puppy surprise dress up pups too. I also had pony surprise that came with three.
Alanna - February 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I had Bunny Surprise with 3 babies, and I remember something about heat changing their eyes from open to closed or vice versa. My sister had Puppy Surprise with 3 puppies. The mommies were best friends and each baby bunny of mine was best friends with a puppy of hers. ^_^
Jenn - February 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Puppy Surprise Puppy Surprise How Many Puppies Are Their Inside... Their Could Be 3..4..5.. LOL!!!
cin - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I got the pink pony for my birthday and it had 5 babies in it. I was so excited!
Renee - March 22, 2009 - Report this comment
they were actually firt made by remco or so my dogs tag says, alo had five when i firt got it but now only have one puupy and the dog is around here somewhere. i now have a baby n they will then be hers ive had mine since 1992
shann - April 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I had puppy surprise and i got all 5 that was my fave toy ever! then some kid threw it in the mud. :(
Pamela - May 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a pink/purple original with 5 puppies. I got rid of the mom pretty soon after, but kept the puppies for years and years. May still have one or two floating around here somewhere.
ssc - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
love love love this toy! i had the pink and white mommy & she had 5 babies - 3 girls and 2 boys! my little sister had the tan and white one and hers only had 3, she was pissed haha!
Sandra - June 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I didn't know you could get up to five! I only had three :(
Janessa - June 28, 2009 - Report this comment
my sister had a puppy suprise and she gave it to me :D i named her berry and she had 3 puppies i only remember one of her puppies names tho, it was pinkie... there were 2 girl puppies and 1 boy Berry was a white dog and she was sitting she had brown splotches on her face her puppies were all white with open blue eyes i loved them! the new ones are so lame im glad i still have mine
steph - August 17, 2009 - Report this comment
im looking for a rare puppy surprise it looks like the one pictured above but its face is like the body plush..... i lost mine when i was a child and it bothers me to this day i saw one that sit up with soft faces but mine was grey with babies and looked identical to the one above just a soft face the puppies had soft faces too if anyone knows where to find one i will pay top dollar for it thanks!!!! email me with info
xtina - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I definitely remember puppy surprise!! I remember when I got older, my mom told me she opened a bunch of them at the store looking for one with 5 in it for me, but could only find one with 3!! I took those things everywhere!
ashley - November 01, 2009 - Report this comment
i had all of them.. i had the original puppy surprise with 3 puppies and i remember you were able to buy additional puppies. or maybe my mom bought me another puppy surprise and i added the puppes cause i used to be so jealous of my friend who had 5 puppies.. lol.. i still have the puppy and the bunny or the pony. not sure.. i had every single one of them and never had more than 3 babies!
stephanie - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED my puppy suprise! She was pink, and had three puppies, two girls and a boy. I still have one of the puppies. I lost the mom a long time ago. Kinda sad.
mishelle Crow - December 26, 2009 - Report this comment
the dogs are beautiful, I want them anto that I already put name to the Puppys The firts is Angela, the second it is Astriki and the one finishes in being been born he calls Nico
Shanna - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I had all of them. I had a bunny with 3 babies, a horse with 3, a cub with 3, a kitten with 3 and 2 dogs, one with 3 and the other with 5! The one dog had 2 runt puppies. Did you know however, that if you only got 3, you could send away and they would send you a 4th one. It never looked like the rest of them though. I had a lot of those dress up and baby ones that came separate too. I know, I was really spoiled.
Krystal - March 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I kept getting (the original version) whenever my mom would let us choose a toy. My sisters and I always had a running bet to see who would buy the dog with the 5 puppies! the ones I always got had 3 or 4 :[ we never got the jackpot! this toy totally rocked back in the day!!
Julie - March 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I had puppy surprise in the very early 90's, I remember vaguely that you could use a wet washcloth or something to make the puppies eyes appear opened or closed.
Tiffany - March 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Do they still make them? I had them when I was young and loved them. I wanted to get them for my kids!
emma - April 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I love my puppy surprise...and i did actually have 5 puppys....where can i buy one!!!!!
natalie - April 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I seriously still have one! I bought it about 20 years ago with my pocket money and it now belongs to my daughter:)
Ashley - May 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I have TWO Puppy Surprise Cocker Spaniels for sale. Both Puppy's are from the CODE 8800 Series. I have pictures available. Email @
Lynn - June 13, 2010 - Report this comment
puppy and bunny surprise on ebay w/ 4 puppies and 1 bunny vintage hasbro - sweet!
janessa - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Omg! im 12 and ive had my puppy surprise since i was a newborn. My sister gave her and her pups to me, they are the 80's version. (much cuter then the newer version if you ask me)She is white and one her face there is tan spots. Her pups are all white 2 girls and 1 boy. I named the mom Berry (because of the puppy suprise simble on her ear, i thought it was a berry) and 1 of her pups Pinky (she was the only pup who's nose paint hadnt worn off) and the other 2 pups i forget the names! i remember when the new PS came out some girls in my class were bragging about how cute theres were. I brought mine to school and werent they jelous!
Kim - August 30, 2010 - Report this comment
My friend gave me one of the older pink and white ones. 4 puppies one boy and one that is asleep.
Shaina - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember having one of the really old ones. I believe I got 3 puppies with it. I might still have it. I also got another one from some second hand store but it didn't have any pups.
Marchia MillerJones - October 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Just wanted to provide some basic facts about Puppy Surprise which may surprise you (that CAN NOT be disputed by HASBRO): I am an inventor and the inventor of the product this site discusses. In 1990, when I was 24 years old, I worked for the Strategic Planning, Research and Institutional Development Dept. at Central State University. Because my (then) husband and I didn't have children, I, yearning to mother, worked at our Salem Mall's Doctor X Pet Center, selling puppy's. At work one evening, I was gathering statistics on the # of women who'd had births vs. the # of women in undergraduate programs (that info. provided by HEGIS reports). I was doodling, looking forward to my shift cuddling pups at the pet store that night, while also thinking about the project there at work. I drew out a dog and put puppies inside of it. Because I already had three inventions, I began the full design, like I had done in the past. A couple of weeks later, I saw a television commercial on advertising a company's ability to validate and try to market one's invention. The company was TLCI (Technology Licensing Consultants Inc.) located in Pittsburg, PA. I contacted them, they forwarded me several forms, along with a multiply-signed nondisclosure agreement form. (This made me feel safe about submitting my invention.) I drew out the diagrams of the product (I'd called Pedigree Pups 'n Mommy--since I worked with pedigree pups at night) on the drafting paper they included within their packet. On one of their forms, they asked several questions about how I came up with the idea, who the product would attract, and what did I see down the line. To this question, I told them, I would introduce pedigree cats, horses, birds, reptiles, etc. After sending the materials in (maintaining a copy for myself, of course), I heard back from them about two weeks later. They telephoned my office, by (then) boss (Dr. Barbara Fleming, now a great mystery book author) took the message. She told me they were interested in my product, but advised me not to take those companies too seriously because they said that to everybody who submitted their ideas. A few days following that conversation, I received another package in the mail from TLCI. This time, however, it was a chart of COSTS for various levels of work, etc., and indicating that there were no guarantees that my product would ever make it to market. The first amount I was supposed to remit was $2,500. There was no way I could, nor would I pay this company that amount. I wrote them a letter stating that I would require time to get investors together (but I was really going to get an attorney!) Days after sending them my letter, I received the final package from TLCI, it was the material I'd sent to TLCO, together with a thank you note, saying that none of the material I submitted was copied nor would be used. Eleven months later, as I was writing out bills in my bedroom, I heard a commercial on the television in my living, where my beagles (brother and sister--then pups) were watching cartoons: "Look, Puppy Surprise is Having Puppies! ... How many? That's the surprise! ..." I dropped my pin, dashed into my living room and there it was! My Pedigree Pups 'n Mommy dummied down to a lovable little toy: Puppy Surprise. My heart sank as my tears fell. After months of writing Oprah and Haraldo, I finally got an attorney, Kelvin Boddie of Boddie Law (Dayton, OH). We learned that TLCI had conveniently filed bankruptcy, which locked their records up in court in Pittsburg, so we travelled to Pittsburg. My lawyer was unable to sway their courts to let us have the names of those individuals behind the company, so we next went to Hasbro, who was marketing and distributing the toy. After much correspondence back and forth, they provided the name of the person they purchased the toy from. Investigators my attorney hired determined that the name and (New York) address were alias to an unknown source who had gotten away with theft of my product. I couple years ago, I learned that TLCI lost a class-action lawsuit that was filed against them for the theft of several other people's inventions, and for the countless dollars they'd stollen from unsuspecting individuals looking for assistance, as I had been. I vaguely recall receiving a notice in the mail several years ago, informing me that my name was part of a class-action lawsuit, but I had no idea who it was from. I am now trying to locate that document, those attorneys or whatever information I can, so that I can receive my fair and just recompense. Thanks for letting me share these facts with you. (If anyone out there knows someone who can assist in this matter, please have them contact me.)
Leah - October 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Awww, I loved Puppy Surprise. I never had one, but I longed for her passionately.
Allison - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, I had this! I was trying to remember what these were called. Now that I look at the picture, they don't look as cute as I remember them, what with their plastic heads. I loved mine at the time, though--mine came with two (identical) girl puppies.
MrsK - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a black and white one with 5 puppies...I remember being soooo excited it had 5!
Jewelee - January 13, 2011 - Report this comment
hi my name is jewelee. i have a dog is black and white i named her dot. and she has just have five of them. i have her when i was little. i fill her tummy and she has five.
Megan - May 18, 2011 - Report this comment
i had puppy,pony and bunny surprise! got them in that order too. my animals never had more than 3 babies but i LOVED them. i wish i still had them around today to show to my sister who is 8(i am 27). do they still make these or a version of them?
Kristen - July 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember having a pink Puppy Surprise who had 3 babies. I have a friend who had the pony, kitty, puppy, and bunny.
Casey - July 07, 2011 - Report this comment
This is definitely one I begged and pleaded for. I got it for Christmas and I still have it. I just gave it to my daughter and she loves it too :)
Jennifer - January 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I begged my Daddy for a kitty surprise. I got it for Christmas in the 1st grade. I carried it everywhere. She had five kittens. I loved her still do. And I still have her.
Brooke - January 22, 2013 - Report this comment
How would I go about buying a puppy surprise.? I had one as a kid and absolutely loved it, now I'd like to buy one for my daughter.! Please help, I've tried everything I can think of.
Anna - March 24, 2013 - Report this comment
OMG I remember this. I was trying to figure out what it was called for the last couple weeks.
sarah jayne - August 19, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi everyone great news puppy surprise is back just play have braught you 3 mom dogs sugar, popcorn and zoey all are availble at kmart walmart target toys r us places i e statrs may vary xxx some good news for puppy surprise fans your childhood has returned!
sarah jayne - August 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Also guys Kitty Surprise is back maple sunshine and snow have a look on ebay for them x
Ryan - October 31, 2014 - Report this comment
So....My favorite stuffed animal growing up was a stuffed dog, which (seemingly, like puppy surprise, had puppies in a velcro puch in it's stomach). I got it for christmas when I was maybe 6 or 7 (i was born in 1988, if that gives any sort of reference). It seems to be very reminiscent of these puppy surprise stuffed animals, but I cannot seem to find which one I actually have, and it is driving me CRAZY. It doesnt have a hard, plastic face, instead, it is all soft and has a pink bow on its head with white polka-dots. it had two puppies inside (which were attached by strings when taken out, and also had 'voice boxes' inside that would activate and bark when squeezed). If anyone has ANY idea what this could be, or where I could look them up, I would be forever grateful. Thanks!
DoubleDees - December 29, 2014 - Report this comment
@Ryan I had the same exact toy you described but mine was a kitty! I remember the strings (white, I think?) and two kittens were brown but not of a plush material. Kittens meowed when squeezed. Oh, how I loved that toy and my puppy surprise! I had the black and white one with 4 puppies! Alas I cannot for the life of me remember what that other toy was called nor after 2 hrs of searching online can I find out. Hopefully somebody else may know? Best of luck to you and thank you for that unexpected trip down memory lane :)
Mary - March 16, 2023 - Report this comment
Puppy Surprise came out again in 2014. I recently adopted a Puppy Surprise, and the Mommy dog is rainbow of colors, as is her puppies. There were two Puppy Surprises left at this Walmart. I took her home with me, unpackaged her from her packaging, threw ALL of the packaging out in the garbage, and opened up the Velcro pouch on her belly. She comes with not three, not four, but FIVE - YES, FIVE - I will repeat that - FIVE - puppies. Which includes a boy puppy, a sleeping puppy, AND a Puppy much smaller than the other 4. How excited I was!!!!!!! The Mommy's face is so beautiful, and she has purple ears and a purple tail. Her original name was Cherry, but I renamed her Purple Showers.

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