Have you ever noticed the small bumps on your dog’s belly, and wondered how many nipples they have?

As it turns out, the answer depends on the size of your pup. Let’s take a deeper look at why dogs have nipples, as well as how many are present in different breeds.

Where Do Dogs’ Nipples Come From?

Dogs’ nipples are located along their mammary glands, which are responsible for producing milk for puppies who are nursing. These glands and nipples can be found running along the sides of the dog’s body, from the chest to the hind legs.

Dogs develop these glands during fetal development, just like humans do. Depending on the size of your pup and their breed, they will have between 8 and 10 pairs of nipples in total.

How Many Nipples Does Each Breed Have?

Smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas or toy poodles typically have 8 sets of nipples while larger breeds such as German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers usually have 10 sets of nipples.

However, this isn’t always true across all breeds; some medium-sized dogs may also only have 8 sets of nipples while some smaller breeds may also have 10 pairs.

Ultimately, it comes down to genetics—some pooches may simply be predisposed to having more or fewer than other dogs in their same breed group.

Do All Female Dogs Have Nipples?

Yes! Every female pup has nipples regardless of size or breed type; even if she is spayed and cannot become pregnant, her mammary glands still remain unchanged and intact underneath her fur coat.

Male dogs also possess mammary glands and nipples but they are not very visible since they don’t grow to full size unless testosterone levels reach certain thresholds (which is not normal in male canines).

It can be rare to find male pups with large enough nipple tissue to see them without close inspection but it does happen occasionally!


It’s amazing what we learn about our furry friends every day! We now know that all female puppies have an average number of 8-10 sets of nipples running along their sides from chest to hind legs – but keep in mind that this number can vary depending on the size and breed of your pup.

If you ever notice any strange lumps or bumps along your pet’s chest area, make sure to take them to their vet for further examination – just like us, humans, our canine companions need regular checkups too!