The number of puppies a dog has can have a significant impact on many things, such as finding adopters and providing enough space for the litter. Knowing the litter size can also help determine if additional assistance is needed to care for the puppies. Cecilia Lanton-Bunkergot and her husband were thrilled to find out that their Dalmatian Miley was pregnant and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the new litter.
The vet in charge of Miley’s pregnancy had initially estimated that she would have a litter of three puppies. However, upon examining her enlarged stomach, it became clear that the litter was going to be much larger than expected.
Let’s not be too harsh on the veterinarian because becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) requires extensive training. It involves completing a four-year undergraduate degree followed by four years of vet school and a residency program. That’s a lot of time and effort put into their education, making them highly trained professionals.
It’s possible that the veterinarian was dealing with malfunctioning equipment or lacked expertise in prenatal care. Regardless, Miley and her breeders were surprised when she gave birth to 18 puppies instead of the expected three. #Whoops.
The litter of 18 puppies is not only impressive, but it has also made history as the largest dog litter ever. Typically, Dalmatian litters consist of 8-10 pups. Additionally, it is common for a dog’s initial pregnancy to yield fewer puppies than average. Despite this, the experience is undoubtedly worth it. The dog in question appears to be content with her accomplishments.
The story may remind you of the famous Disney film, 101 Dalmatians. This comparison is often drawn between Miley and her puppies and the characters in the movie. Predicting around 15 or 16 puppies based on Miley’s size during gestation, her breeders had no idea that Miley and Astro would surpass that estimate by a significant margin. After 13 hours of labor, Miley gave birth to a whopping litter of 18 puppies, consisting of 12 females and 6 males. It remains to be seen how the brothers will fare in a household where they are outnumbered two to one by their sisters. Given the number of young pups to care for, Cecilia and her husband are assisting the new mom in providing ample amounts of warm milk to keep the little ones nourished.
To keep track of the numerous puppies, temporary dyed dots have been marked on their necks by the dog breeders, which will be replaced with collars later on. Miley’s remarkable feat has been officially acknowledged by the Australian National Kennel Club as the biggest litter ever born in Australia, among more than 40,000 Dalmatian deliveries. Don’t forget to share this news with your loved ones!