A Great Dane has 19 puppies in one of the biggest litters of all time, shocking its owners. Snowy the dog’s keepers are confident their pet is close to breaking a record with all her new puppies, but the canine mom seems to be happy just spending time with her suddenly large family. News Oxy shares some new updates on this trending story this Thursday, November 20, 2014.
It may not quite amount to 101 Dalmatians, but a Great Dane’s 19 puppies are actually quite close. This massive litter of puppies, one of the largest ever recorded, are fortunately said to be doing “very well” and under the care of the new mom and their human owners in Pennsylvania. The mama dog, Snowy, is said to be a longtime pet of Brandon and Aimie Terry of York County.
Although the happy couple said that they were aware for several months that Snowy was pregnant, they had no idea that the litter would be this huge in terms of sheer numbers. Their local vet finally hinted that this would be no normal birthing of a few puppies, and that the female Great Dane would soon have many new wagging tails around.
“We had made an appointment to take her into the vet, and they did an X-ray, and found out there were 15 spines in the X-ray,” said Brandon. Talk about a surprise.
HLN TV News says that only 15 forming puppies were spied at the time, but the Great Dane welcomed 19 puppies when she finally gave birth. The pet dogs were said to be born in late October 2014. Although this particular breed of dogs usually has litters of seven to eight puppies, 19 could very well be one of the biggest litters ever, and the owners are interested in seeing if any local records might be broken.
Snowy the Great Dane had a big day ahead of her that morning. The soon-to-be mom was said to be in the house when her owner, Brandon Terry, heard a faint mewling. He ran to see his pet and saw that Snowy had brought the first new puppy into the world. Several more puppies were born at the house, while all of the others in the tremendous litter were born at a local animal hospital after the couple thought it would be safer for the mama dog. It was a shocking experience for them, all in all, they noted.
“It’s a shocker,” added Terry. “But I’m glad that they’re all here.” His wife added, “Right now they’re into exploring and playing, fighting with each other.”
How are the Great Dane’s 19 puppies doing this November, shortly before Thanksgiving? Thankfully, all is fine. The young dogs are just starting to open their eyes, and while they may be cute, tiny, and cuddly now, they will soon grow up to be big and powerful dogs. It was not said what the large family will do with all of the animals. The world record for a dog litter is 24 puppies, but 19 is quite close, after all.