Dalmatian Mom Ended Up Having Eighteen Adorable Pups
Owners of pregnant Miley the Dalmatian were in for a shock then she gave birth to a record breaking 18 pup litter, after veterinarians told them they should expect just three! This is the biggest litter in Australian history and equal to the current world record. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine being in these parents’ shoes? Having 18 pups is a freakishly huge number! And taking care for all of them must be a tough job. Full time mommy would never manage that! But dogs are dogs and they grow much more independent than humans. It is in their nature, so one way or the other, they will manage doing the best.
This new mom is doing just fine having in mind that she spent long hours in labor which must be exhausting. Bringing 13 pups to this world is not a joke. Just look at those little angels, they are real cuties. They look as colorful as they are tiny, all of them have a big spot with a different color, and oh my, they are so vibrant! Probably, those pigmentations will develop into black spots all over their bodies. Some of them are busy suckling, others are less energetic as they sleep carelessly while others are just lazily lying around. They are brothers and sisters but they are all unique. And mom has the main role in cleaning their bodies and nudging the lazy ones to drink milk and grow big and strong. Like all mothers, she is so caring!
Both mom and dad are first time parents to the 12 girls and 6 boys and now draw constant comparisons with the famed Disney flick. Usually Dalmatians have eight or ten puppies in a litter and first time moms have even less, but breeder Cecilia Langton-Bunker said she was expecting 15 or 16 puppies, despite what the vet said. Since Pongo and Perdita in 101 Dalmatians had a 15 pup litter, they just got beat by Miley and her beau Astro. Coincidentally born on May 18, after 13 hours of labor, both mom and puppies are doing splendidly and the pups are already thriving.
The record breaking Dalmatian litter has been officially certified by the Australian National Kennel Council as the largest in Australian history, which counts more than 40,000 Dalmatian births. Since there are 18 of them and they all still look pretty much the same, 18 collars were tailor made for the humongous litter of spotties, who previously sported colored spots on their necks to distinguish them.
Best known as the star of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, this sleek and athletic dog breed has a history that goes back several hundred years. They started out as a coach dog but has also served in many other capacities, including hunter, firehouse dog, and circus performer. As charming in life as in film, dalmatians go from gallant to goofy to gallant again in the blink of an eye, and loves to be a part of everything his family does.