When I was a girl, one of my favourite toys was the Pound Puppy – I used to carry around my large grey Dog with me everywhere I went, and loved popping open her Velcro tummy to reveal the baby pups inside! 🙂

When I saw that Flair have a modern day equivalent – Puppy Surprise dogs, I couldn’t wait to introduce them to Erin!

About the Product

Puppy Surprise features a soft and huggable Mommy dog with a surprise number of puppies in her litter. Will it be three four or five? There is no way of knowing until you get your dog home to play with! 🙂

Once released from her carry box, children can open up the Mommy dog’s pouch to reveal the puppies inside and then pop them back in to keep them safe.

Each pet comes with a sparkly dog collar and brushable hair and tail, and one puppy in the litter has it’s very own bark and pant.

With collectable characters, Wave 8 has just been released, with new characters called Eliza, Lexi, Chloe and Stacey.

Puppy Surprise dogs are aimed at children aged 3-6 and retail at £27.99.

Our Experience

Erin’s face lit up with Glee when she saw the puppy in her very own carry case, and couldn’t wait to open the box and get her out to play with. Even in the packaging, Erin was able to press the ‘try me’ button to hear one of her pups barking, but she was keen to discover how many more puppies were inside the Mommy’s tummy! She loved the fact that it was a surprise!

There are various seasons of the Puppy Surprises available, all with different hair, fur and nose colours. The Mommy dogs can contain 3, 4 or 5 puppies with one having an interactive sound or bark. We were sent Cali, who is from Wave 5, and has white fur with a lilac hair and tail, as well as a glittery blue nose and a heart shaped collar.

Erin loved hearing the first of the pups make her little barking and panting noises.

Sat next to me, Erin then popped open the Velcro of Cali’s tummy to see how many other puppies were inside! We had 2 more, making a litter of three, and judging by the little pink bows on their backs, this little was an all female brood! 🙂

The surprise element of this toy is obviously over fairly quickly, however Erin has enjoyed popping the puppies in and out of Cali’s tummy and took the interactive pup out with us when we went out for dinner!

From a mum’s perspective, I think it would be preferable if all the pups could be interactive, as clearly the one that made a noise was Erin’s favourite and the others were played with less often. I personally would also prefer more ‘natural’ looking dogs however Erin really loved the purple hair and pink puppies, and I guess it is not me the product is aimed at!!

I like the fact that additional puppies are available to buy separately, which is great in case you lose one, or want to add more puppies to your brood! 🙂

Pros:

  • Fun surprise element opening up the pouch to discover how many puppies your Mommy dog has in her tummy!
  • One interactive barking pup included.
  • Encourages nurturing imaginative play
  • Lots of different designs, colours and characters to collect.
  • Additional puppy packs are available individually if your child wanted to add additional puppies to their litter.

Cons:

  • I personally felt that for the £27.99 retail price, all of the puppies should be interactive, as this element was much more fun than the puppies who didn’t make a sound.

You can learn more about Puppy Surprise Dogs on the Flair website. Puppy Surprise Dogs are available to purchase at Smyths Toys.

*Disclosure – we were sent a Puppy Surprise from Series 5 free of charge for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*