"Guess how many! It's a surprise! How many girls! How many boys!"
Puppy Surprise etc. were produced by Hasbro in 1991-1993. Each set comprised of a plush mother animal measuring about 12 inches long and a number of soft babies which were about 4 inches long. They had plastic faces and came in a variety of colours. The number of babies included varied and each one was different. The mothers came with a name tag around their necks, which also came in a variety of colours. Later on, the babies were sold on their own in many guises.
"Mommy's having baby pups! Open the pouch on mommy's stomach and reach inside to find your puppies. You might have a puppy that is smaller than the others. That means that it's the runt of the litter!"
These are a few images of the different Surprise Puppies. There were two types of adult poses and several types of dogs produced in varying colours.
Adult Pups [lying pose]
Adult Pups [sitting pose]
My Tiny Puppy Surprise ~ Dress Up Pups / Baby Pups
"Special surprise outfit for your baby pup! Your surprise outfit comes in a special gift-wrapped box. If you don't want the same outfit, choose a different coloured box with each puppy you get!. Girl baby puppies wear pink ribbons, boy baby puppies have blue ribbons."
Dress Up Pups (aka Baby Pups), were sold separately and came with one of six surprise outfits and a sleeping bag (which came in three colours). Outfits included were: Bride, Ballerina, Pilot, Mermaid, Baseball Player and Cowboy/Cowgirl which came inside little boxes - each colour of box was matched with a particular outfit. Baby Kitties were also sold like this. Later, the baby pups were re-marketed as "My Tiny Puppy Surprise". "Baby Pups" outfit gift-boxes had text on, but later versions sold as "Dress Up Pups" gift-boxes only had "?".
The puppies were the same as above, and came in as many colours!
Drink 'n' Surprise
"Feed your puppy! WIll it drink 'n' wet or drink 'n' burp? Your baby pup comes nestled in a cuddly soft bed and bunting. If you don't want to get the same type of puppy, choose a different coloured bed each time! Girl baby puppies wear pink ribbons, boy baby puppies have blue ribbons."
Drink 'n' Surprise pups were sold separately and came with a bed, bottle, nappy and bib.
My Tiny Puppy Surprise ~ Sleep 'n Surprise Pups
"Each Sleep 'n Surprise baby pup comes with its own accessory (bottle, pacifier or teether), as well as a surprise toy - open the box and see! What will it be? Is it a beddy-bye bear, kitty or puppy! If you don't want to get the same toy, choose a different coloured box with each puppy you get!"
These pup were sold separately, wore glow-in-the-dark pajama's and came with either a rattle, dummy or bottle which could fit into their mouths. They also came with a surprise toy hidden inside a box. Baby Kitties were also sold like this. The original versions had "It's a girl" or "it's a boy" written on the inside of their pajama bottoms, whilst the My Tiny Puppy Surprise versions had a drawing of either a girl or boy puppy instead.
My Tiny Puppy Surprise ~ Bath Pup Surprise / Bathtime Surprise
"Will your pup swim or squirt? Your baby pup comes nestled in a cuddly soft bath towel. If you don't want to get the same type of puppy twice, choose a different coloured towel with each puppy you get!"
There were at least three medium sized puppies produced which could bark, sold on their own under the name "Pet Surprise". Kittens were also produced in this size.
"Guess which toy is hiding inside!"
Playful Hair Babies
"Growing hair surprise for your baby pup! These snuggly soft puppies have extra long fluffy hair to cuddle and play with! Comb the silky hair and make it grow - girls have pink pig tails, boys have blue! Pull on the back tail to make the pig tails short again!"
Kitties and ponies were also sold like this, and were three varieties in each set. The combs were the same mould as the Sweetie Pups combs.
There were at least two playsets produced for the baby pups. Both are extremely rare. Habro re-used My Little Pony's "Sweet Dreams Crib".