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Dog Has Record Litter Of 24 Puppies (With Pics! Awwww)
local6 ^ | today | staff

Posted on 01/21/2005 6:26:56 AM PST by Rodney King

A Neapolitan mastiff in Manea, United Kingdom, has broken a world record by giving birth to a litter of 24 mastiff puppies, according to a report.

Breeders Damian Ward and his girlfriend, Anne Kellegher, had only been expecting their two-year-old mastiff, Tia, to give birth to a maximum of 10 puppies after a scan from a local veterinarian.

When Tia grew so large she could barely move, the couple took the dog to the vets, who decided that an immediate caesarean was vital. Two hours later, Tia had given birth to the record 24 puppies.

Four of the puppies were too weak and died but the remaining 20 are thriving.

All but three of the pups are up for sale. They are worth more than $1,800 each.

Tia's achievement is now likely to set two records in the Guinness World Records -- the biggest litter and that of the most surviving puppies.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said the current record stands at 23.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.


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1 posted on 01/21/2005 6:26:57 AM PST by Rodney King
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To: Rodney King

Dog breeders suck!

Get this poor animal fixed .


2 posted on 01/21/2005 6:29:54 AM PST by snarkytart
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To: Rodney King

The eyes of those puppies are open! When did this happen? Pups don't open their eyes for a few days after birth.


3 posted on 01/21/2005 6:31:00 AM PST by Jemian (Sola gracia. Sola Fide. Sola Deo gloria. Sola Scriptura. Sola Jesus.)
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To: Dog
I'm really happy for you FRiend!  Does one in the litter look like it might be good with cats?  I'd think about taking that one off of your hands if you're looking for homes for 'em!
 
Owl_Eagle

"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in.  I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"

-Hillary Clinton
(Yes, she really said that
Peggy Noonan
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, pg

4 posted on 01/21/2005 6:32:49 AM PST by South Hawthorne ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" –Thomas Paine)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Lots and lots of puppies!
5 posted on 01/21/2005 6:32:55 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: Slings and Arrows

Puppy alert.


6 posted on 01/21/2005 6:34:14 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: Rodney King; dutchess; blam; Fawnn

Dogs ping (sorry I missed the last FReepathon; was bogged down with end-of-the-year work and well-extended funds).


7 posted on 01/21/2005 6:35:18 AM PST by steveegg (The secret goal of lieberals - to ensure that no future generation can possibly equal theirs.)
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To: Bahbah

A blessed event.


8 posted on 01/21/2005 6:41:54 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: DumpsterDiver

Females 110 lbs Males 150 lbs

9 posted on 01/21/2005 6:42:12 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: snarkytart
Don't know.

If they're responsible breeders who're working to improve the breed, and compete in recognized conformation or performance shows, what's the problem?

They just had a bigger litter than expected ... and with the publicity the dogs will go to good homes at a fair price.

The animals will still fool you - I used to breed and show Siamese cats, and I had one beautiful female that I bred to a fine Grand (for an outrageous fee!) twice, and she presented me with One Kitten each time. We tried her with a different stud cat, and she still presented me with One Kitten. Go figure.

10 posted on 01/21/2005 6:42:46 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: Rodney King

Wow! What beautiful puppies!


11 posted on 01/21/2005 6:43:29 AM PST by trisham
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To: Rodney King

I've had some mastiff puppies myself, and even one at a time is a mighty ordeal.


12 posted on 01/21/2005 6:45:02 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: Jemian
The eyes of those puppies are open! When did this happen? Pups don't open their eyes for a few days after birth.

The birth happened some time ago. Those puppies are well along, alert, and obviously several weeks old.

Newborn pups look more like wet rats than anything else (and newborn kittens look like wet mice.)

13 posted on 01/21/2005 6:47:20 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: Rodney King

To the breeders, they are not puppies - They are nothing but cash. With millions of homeless dogs and cats, breeders are putting one of them to death for every cash bag(puppies to the rest of us) they sell.


14 posted on 01/21/2005 6:54:04 AM PST by SengirV
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To: SengirV

Yeah, I agree....the breeding mills are a horror. It's a greed and ego thing. I'm too upset to read even more. there are a few people who let their dogs have a litter or so, that seems reasonable...but the puppy mills are ridiculous. It's really the ego of the buyers that drives these "fads". Yuch.


15 posted on 01/21/2005 7:00:26 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Let's begin the Barbara Boxer trial for treason!)
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To: snarkytart
" Dog breeders suck! Get this poor animal fixed ."

Why is bringing 20 healthy lives into the world a problem? Multiply 20 puppies by $1,800 and then tell me you would fix the mom if she was yours.

16 posted on 01/21/2005 7:01:12 AM PST by elfman2
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To: Rodney King

I want one.


17 posted on 01/21/2005 7:01:52 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Rodney King

I feel sorry for the mother dog. Imagine going through your day with 20 sharp toothed puppies chewing on your nipples.


18 posted on 01/21/2005 7:04:07 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Blackwell for Governor 2006: hated by the 'Rats, feared by the RINOs.)
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To: SengirV

Mastiffs are a noble breed.
They do slobber a good bit though......


19 posted on 01/21/2005 7:04:26 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: SengirV
That's a little harsh. We had specific requirements for a pet in our house, and the way we could get that was through a breeder for a specific breed.

We're happy beyond belief with our new "family member" and we would never have found a dog like this in the pound. And we wouldn't have adopted another kind, either.

Our breeder appeared to be responsible, and there was a waiting list for puppies.

For the record, our dog has been "snipped."

20 posted on 01/21/2005 7:05:53 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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