A Great Dane mother has given birth to 16 puppies in Manchester, England.
The mother, two-year-old Macey, was in labor for a tiresome 20 hours. She is doing well after her long and intense delivery.
But, her owners were completely surprised that their pedigree blue Great Dane delivered so many puppies. They said that she had four within hours and the puppies just kept coming.
Macey’s vet told her owners that she would have four puppies because she only felt four during the examination. So it was a complete shock for their dog to deliver four times that amount.
Unfortunately, one of the puppies died a couple of days later. Macey’s owners are now looking for good homes for 14 of the puppies after deciding to keep a male puppy for themselves. They say that the rest of the puppies are in good health.
There are seven boys and eight girls, and they have been bottle fed ever since their birth three weeks ago.
They say that they decided to have a litter because they wanted to have one of Macey’s children because of her good temperament. The couple still have yet to name any of the puppies and say that it is quite a challenge to try to find room for all of the puppies to sleep and play in.
Even though the house is a bit crazy amidst all of the puppies, they say that they enjoy seeing the puppies grow and play.
Macey’s vet was even shocked at the number of puppies the Great Dane had. She said that normally bigger dogs tend to have larger litters, but this is still a lot. Also to have that many puppies survive is quite rare too.
The world record of the biggest litter is 24 puppies born to a Cambridgeshire dog in 2005.
Source: CBS2.com, Daily Mail