Skip to comments.Dog Has Record Litter Of 24 Puppies (With Pics! Awwww)
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.
Dog breeders suck!
Get this poor animal fixed .
The eyes of those puppies are open! When did this happen? Pups don't open their eyes for a few days after birth.
"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"
Dogs ping (sorry I missed the last FReepathon; was bogged down with end-of-the-year work and well-extended funds).
A blessed event.
Females 110 lbs Males 150 lbs
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.
Wow! What beautiful puppies!
I've had some mastiff puppies myself, and even one at a time is a mighty ordeal.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
I want one.
I feel sorry for the mother dog. Imagine going through your day with 20 sharp toothed puppies chewing on your nipples.
Mastiffs are a noble breed.
They do slobber a good bit though......
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."
Puppies don't get teeth until they are practically weaned.
That's cuter than a box full of puppies.
Oh ... that is a box full of puppies.
I think that goes against both the laws of God and of nature. How did you do that... Wait, I really don't want to know the details. :-)
There are no homeless mastiff puppies, just like there are no abandoned new cars littering the highways. Homeless animals are a problem, but stopping the breeding of mastiff puppies is no more the answer than stopping car production is the answer to abandoned cars.
Now if I could just get my girlfriend to litter like that.
Well,...I guess I should be happy for my ex.
That is one big pile of puppies. O_o
I agree that shelter pets should be a first option, but I don't think blaming the breeders is fair or constructive. Like it or not, there's a market and the ethical ones are meeting it. Our culture needs to change so that people who want to adopt pets recognize they don't need to spend $500 for the perfect pug when there are plenty of lovable mutts who need a good home. I don't know how this happens except at an individual level.
Just turn her over
sorry, old joke.
But responsible breeders who show and compete their dogs are selling a quality product for which there is always a high demand. My dog's breeder has a waiting list and her pups are spoken for as soon as she announces a breeding. When somebody in our hunting club announces a breeding, by the time the pups are ready to be weaned they are almost all spoken for.
And you might get a high-quality dog from the pound, but the chances are stacked against you. If you have a specific need (hunting, field trials, agility trials, coursing) the pedigreed dog bred for your need is the only way to go.
Plus pound dogs often have health and temperamental issues. Meeting all a dog's relatives is the best way to assess what his temperament is likely to be, and you can't do that with a pound pup.
Don't you think it's unlikely that a grown adult doesn't realize that they can go to the pound and adopt a pet?
The only explanation is that, being aware of their options and hopefully having done some research, they've made a specific decision to buy a specific breed.
I'm not anti-mutt or anti-pound-dog. We did a lot of research before bringing a pet into our home, and decided to buy a specific breed. Our research paid off, and we're thrilled with our dog. This seems much more responsible than grabbing whatever is available at the pound and then determining that it's not the right pet for our family.
What the public could probably use a little more education on is the need to spay/neuter their pets.
You should really know what you're talking about before opening your mouth. We didn't run a "puppy mill", we had 1 female that we bred twice.
Another point is that an ethical breeder will always take a dog back for any reason, whether health issues, temperament issues, or the owners just can't keep the dog for whatever reason. Responsible breeders have a pretty hefty contract that you sign - with limited registration and a neuter-spay agreement, and a first refusal provision.
Those folks aren't the problem.
Exactly! Thank you.
I think you are overstating the risk of pound dogs... As much as the other poster is overstating the evil of anyone intentionally breeding.
All dogs need to be taught to live in any home, whether you buy them as pups or get them from the pound. I've found that like most people, most dogs are pretty resilient to rough treatment and pretty forgiving and flexible in new environments. Most people ~don't~ compete in dog sports, nor are most contributing to the betterment of the breed. They are looking for a pet dog, and even if they are looking for a particular style or breed, most people should not be reluctant to look for that pet at the pound. The dogs there certainly deserve the home.
Hi Tonto... What kind did ya get?
Whoa, friends! I'm involved in breed rescue and other canine interest efforts and I think some of these comments are a bit over the top.
Dog adoption/purchase isn't a zero-sum game. Some people always adopt, some always buy and most do both at various times in their lives. If someone wants a mastiff, they aren't going to adopt a lab mix instead.
I'm all for adoption but adoption is not the best option for everyone. A lot of shelter dogs have severe behavior problems that take a time and skill to fix. Most of them are medium to large dogs which make them unsuitable for many frail elderly or disabled people. Good breeders, including some of the much maligned "backyard" variety, serve a purpose.
Puppy mills are bad as are irresponsible breeders whether they are backyard or professional but we have no reason to believe this dog in that type of situation.
To the breeders, they are not puppies - They are nothing but cash.
Depends on the breeder. To the puppy millers that's true.
To many of us, they are children to be loved and they tear the heart out when they leave to go to good loving homes.
Don't generalize this issue.
Then let me tell you about the four months I dated a boxer.
>>I'm all for adoption but adoption is not the best option for everyone. A lot of shelter dogs have severe behavior problems that take a time and skill to fix.<<<
The SPCA and most other shelters put dogs to sleep with behavior problems.
The puppies look like they are about 8 weeks old, more or less. Cute, very cute.
>>>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.<<<
It is my understanding that good animal shelters try to not adopt out dogs with health and temperament problems.
As for a source of pets, I wouldn't go anywhere else. My two dogs both came from animal shelters and I couldn't be happier with them.
I adopted a female Boxer from Boxer Rescue. This dog has behavioral problems. There is no violence or aggressivness in the dog. None. The most lovable and kind hearted dog around.
But she is unable to learn a single damn thing. The dog is not trainable. Period. I think she has brain damage from when she got hit by a car prior to my getting her.
>>>There are no homeless mastiff puppies<<<
Puppies are easy to find homes for. I think we are saying that eventually a lot these DOGS wind up mistreated or homeless regardless of their breed or cost.
That is why organizations like the one listed below exist!
Make that "severe" health and behavioral problems. Some do have problems but none that the shelters doesn't believe cannot be handled. And they always tell the adopter what they are.