If you have ever seen the movie 101 Dalmatians, you have likely thought that it is not possible for that many dogs to be born all in the same litter… It is a whole lot of puppies to take care of at a time.
Even though Miley the Dalmatian did not give birth to 101 puppies, at times it seems like she did.
She gave birth to 18 pups, which breaks the Australian record and is equal to the current world record. This came as a huge surprise to her owners, who were told by veterinarians that their dog was only expecting three puppies.
The vets had realized when the pups were born that they made a huge mistake and didn’t realize how many puppies Miley was actually carrying. They knew her stomach was larger than usual for only carrying three puppies, but somehow just did not catch the fact there were more.
Typically, Dalmatian dogs have 8 or 10 puppies per litter, and first time Dalmatian moms actually usually have even smaller numbers of puppies and their litters.
However, Miley was an exception to this rule. Both the mother and the father are first-time parents in this situation, and their puppies consist of 6 boys and 12 girls and they are now being constantly compared to all of the Dalmatians in the popular Disney movie.
Even though the veterinarian said that there should only be three puppies, the breeder who owns Miley, Cecilia Langton-Bunker, said she was expecting 15 or 16 puppies in this litter so she knew to prepare in advance.
In fact, Pongo and Perdita in 101 Dalmatians only had a litter of 15 puppies, meaning that their litter was smaller than Miley’s litter with the father, whose name is Astro.
Miley was in labor for a very difficult 13 hours, and the puppies ended up being born right after another.
However, even after the long and arduous labor, both the mother and puppies are doing very well, and the puppies were thriving from the very beginning.
This record-breaking litter of Dalmatians has been officially certified as the largest litter of Dalmatians in an Australian history by the Australian National Kennel Council.
This record is fairly significant, as it is counted among about 40,000 Dalmatian births that have taken place in Australian history total.
These 18 puppies look nearly identical to the human eye, so they had colored spots put on them at first so that the owners would be able to tell them apart.
Afterwards, they had 18 collars tailor-made for each dog, so that they would be able to distinguish one from another.
It is a wonder that she doesn’t always look completely exhausted, even as they are all trying to get milk at the same time. Miley looks very happy and content to be with her babies.
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