If your dog is pregnant you would love to know how many pups are on the way! When trainer and breeder, Cecilia Lanton Bunkergot got to know that her dog Miley was pregnant, she was super happy. She knew exactly what to expect, and she took Miley for regular check-ups to the vet to make sure the coming pups were healthy and safe.
According the ultrasound and X-Ray, it was predicted that Miley will have three pups.
However, Cecilia sensed that won’t be the case as Miley’s pregnancy kept progressing because of the extremely large size of her frame.
When the time arrived for her delivery, Cecilia, expected three pups to come and it to be over. But after the three, another one came, and then another and so on. In total Miley gave birth to a whopping 18 beautiful pups!
Everybody was surprised. Dalmatian litters average on at about 8 – 10 pups per litter and their first litters are often much smaller.
“I thought she’d stopped after number 15, because it looked like she had laid down to go to sleep. But then along came another one, and two more after that. Nellie is making a really lovely mum. I’m immensely proud of her, she’s been amazing.
It took Miley 13 hours of labor. The 18 pup litter has 12 females and 6 males. Miley is well and is being taken care of. There is always a fresh supply of warm milk available for the little guys. The puppies are so small, the breeders have placed a temporarily dyed dot on their necks.
Miley’s record-breaking achievement has been recorded by the Australian National Kennel Club as the largest litter in Australian history out of over 40,000 Dalmation births.
“Fortunately, we have a lot of outside space and the dogs have lots of things to play with.” Louise said. “They’ve got their own Wendy House, and swings and slides that they love to play on.”