It looks like a scene from the Disney animated film “101 Dalmatians.” Although the ultrasound showed there were only three pups, Miley, a 3-year-old Dalmatian from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, delivered more than anticipated!
The first-time mom, Miley, went through a marathon 13 and a half hours of labor, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., to deliver her puppies with the help of seven veterinary nurses.
Cecilia Langton-Bunker, a professional dog breeder who manages CC Dalmatians, thought Miley would stop at number 16, but two more puppies were surprisingly born. In the end, Miley delivered a whopping 18 healthy bundles of joy on that eventful day—May 18, 2017!
The father, 4-year-old Astro Wonder Boy, was not far away when she gave birth.
“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,” Langton-Bunker told Caters News Agency.
“We realized when the last one was born we had achieved something amazing and broken a record—and now the realization has come we are all just in awe,” she said.
Miley had set a new Australian record, even surpassing that of 101 Dalmatians. Normally, the average-sized litter for Dalmatians is 8 to 10 puppies, so Miley’s amazing litter of 18 puppies was a pleasant surprise.
“A lot of people have been making the 101 Dalmatians references—there aren’t 101 but there are 18!” Langton-Bunker said. “In the 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo and Perdita had 15 puppies, so we have beaten them.”
“I think people just love seeing happy healthy puppies, it makes people happy and puts a smile on their face,” she commented on the extraordinary feat.
Needless to say, Miley “couldn’t be happier with the litter.”
What about the father Astro Wonder Boy’s reaction? “He’s a bit disconcerted by the 18 puppies running around, he’s like ‘are these all mine,’” said Langton-Bunker, who owns Astro Wonder Boy, according to Mail Online.
The bountiful litter needed to be fed by hand once every four hours for the first four weeks. Having received the loving care showered by the owners of their parents, Langton-Bunker and Miley’s owner Jade Martin, 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,” Langton-Bunker told Herald Sun.
The 12 female and six male pups, including one born with a rare heart-shaped spot over her eye, were eventually sold to their new owners, each costing $1,800.
Just look at the picture of Miley’s babies above—it looks like a scene from the Disney animated film 101 Dalmatians!
Undoubtedly, Langton-Bunker got an empty-nest feeling when these special puppies began leaving for their new homes on July 22, 2017.
— The Sun (@TheSun) July 4, 2017
“All the puppies already have homes with three travelling to South Australia, two going to Western Australia and the rest staying within Victoria,” she shared.
Two years after Miley’s delivery on June 13, 2019, Melody, another Dalmatian from Albury, Australia, broke her record, giving birth to an incredible 19 Dalmatian puppies via C-section. It’s the largest litter of Dalmatian puppies ever born in Australia and the world!
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