A dog in Australia gave birth to 18 puppies on February 19, which tied an Australian record set last year by a Dalmatian from Ballarat, Victoria.
Sassy, a Doberman Pinscher, gave birth at the West Coast Veterinary Clinic in Forrestdale, Perth, via cesarean section. The procedure took a whopping 90 minutes, according to The West Australian.
Do you know what the record number of puppies is in a dog litter? Yesterday afternoon it was all hands on deck at West Coast Vet Hospital to deliver these cute puppies that just fell short of the world record. Take a guess and see how many puppies were delivered….
Posted by West Coast Vets on Monday, February 19, 2018
“The breeder came in and told us his dog was going to have at least 16 puppies and are we prepared for it,” Dr. Aaron Raney, veterinarian at the clinic, told The West Australian.
“I took it with a grain of salt and thought it might be 10 or 12, but they kept coming,” he added. “I stopped counting after about 12 because I was concentrating on getting them all out, but the squeaking was non-stop.”
Imagine the family rivalry being 1 of 18
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The birthing required the services of three veterinarians, two vet students, two vet nurses, a receptionist and a pair of work experience folks to handle all 18 pups.
“Normally when I do a cesarean I can make one incision, but with her I had to make four incisions to get them all out at a quick rate,” Dr. Raney told the West Australian. “She did really well. Some puppies were distressed and not breathing, but once we blew some oxygen into them they [became] good.”
According to Guinness World Records, the record for most puppies born in one litter belongs to a dog named Tia, a Neapolitan Mastiff, who in 2004 gave birth to 24 puppies.