[VIDEO] 3-year-old Dalmatian went into labor—then, they realize the vet made a mistake
It looks like a scene from the Disney animated film “101 Dalmatians.” Although the ultrasound showed there were only three pups, this 3-year-old Dalmatian delivered a whopping 18 puppies at a time.
Normally, the average-sized litter for Dalmatians is 8 to 10 puppies, so Miley’s amazing litter of 18 puppies was a pleasant surprise!
“Initially the vet said there was going to be three, but I knew there would be more than that, and thought there would be 15 or 16,” said her breeder, Cecilia Langton-Bunker. Miley has set a new Australian record, even surpassing that of 101 Dalmatians.
“In the 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo and Perdita had 15 puppies, so we have beaten them,” said Cecilia, commenting on the extraordinary feat.
The first-time mom went through a marathon 13 and a half hours of labor, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., to deliver her healthy 18 puppies in Ballarat, Australia, on May 18, with the help of seven veterinary nurses.
The father, 4-year-old Astro Wonder Boy, was not far away when she gave birth. “He’s a bit disconcerted by the 18 puppies running around, he’s like ‘are these all mine?’” Cecilia revealed.
Cecilia thought Miley would stop at number 16, but two more puppies were surprisingly born.
“It’s been a big journey for all of us. I’m just in awe of Miley and that all the pups have survived is a credit to the quality of her genes, her perseverance and her good health.”
The bountiful litter was taken care of by the dedicated mom, who fed them herself once every four hours. Receiving the loving care showered by Cecilia and Jade Martin, a midwife, the cute puppies were thriving and healthy.
“I did everything I could to make sure they were healthy, hand-rearing them from two weeks of age.”
Twelve female and six male pups, including one born with a rare heart-shaped spot over her eye, have been sold to their new owners, each costing $1800.
“I expect to get an empty nest feeling when they all start going to their new homes on July 22 because this is a very special litter,” said Cecilia.