A Pennsylvania couple was shocked when they discovered that their great Dane was pregnant with 19 puppies.
York county residents Brandon and Aimie Terry immediately made an appointment with a vet when they found out their dog, Snowy, was pregnant. What they discovered during the appointment astounded them.
“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,” Mr. Terry said.
Three weeks ago, and earlier than expected, Snowy finally gave birth to a total of 19 puppies.
Mr Terry was doing yard work when he heard a sound similar to a kitten meowing. When he investigated, he found that his Snowy was giving birth and that the first puppy had already been born. Six more puppies were birthed before Terry and his wife brought Snowy to an animal hospital.
“It’s a shocker, but I’m glad that they’re all here,” Mr Terry said.
The average great Dane litter usually contains about eight puppies. The largest litter of dogs on record included 24 puppies born in Cambridgeshire, England, to a Neapolitan mastiff.
Currently, the puppies are still small and have just opened their eyes. However, the dogs will eventually grow to three feet in height. Mrs. Terry reported that the pups have begun exploring and play fighting with each other.
The couple said they hope to find new homes for 18 of the puppies by Christmas. There are eight females and 10 males available, according to a listing on PuppyFind.com.