When your dog is pregnant, you want to know how many pups will you have. After all, this number could very well affect everything from potential adopters to whelping space.
When d trainer and breeder, Cecilia Lanton Bunkergot got the exciting news that her dog Miley was pregnant, she was surprised but very prepared.
As the proud owner of a reputable breeding program that has produced countless titled and championed dogs over 27 years, Cecilia is one of the best experts when it comes to handling situations like this.
Cecilia would take Miley on regular trips to the vet to check her pregnancy process to ensure she and her pups were safe and healthy.
However, with all her years of experience, Cecilia became more and more skeptical of the prediction as Miley’s pregnancy progressed because of the large size of her frame.
When the time arrived for Miley to give birth, a team of veterinarian nurses were in place on standby to ensure her labour went as good as possible.
Cecilia and the nurses were surprised as Dalmatian litters average on at about 8 – 10 pups per litter and their first litters are often much smaller.
She said: “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.
Since there are so many little guys, Cecilia and her husband are helping the new mother with puppy care. There is always a fresh supply of warm milk ready for the little guys.
“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.”
In the meantime, 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.