A dachshund has given birth to what could be a world record litter for her species–11 puppies at one time.
Three-year-old Winnie bore the huge brood at home near Leicester, England in September.
Also known as the wiener or sausage dog due to their small size, this breed usually gives birth to between one to six puppies.
Another dachshund, Cheesecake, gave birth to 10 puppies in September 2021, which made headline news. But Winnie has beaten that number and her owner thinks it may be a world record, although Guinness World Records does not keep records for individual dog breeds.
“I was amazed by the litter,” said stay-at-home dog mom Rayma Jones. I just counted them .”
“I was so surprised that I kept expecting her to pop out another one when I wasn’t looking.
“She is a wonderful mother. I’m overwhelmed that she could have had a world record number of puppies. When I checked online, I was shocked .”
A scan at 35 days of the nine-week pregnancy showed six puppies in Winnie’s belly.
The super dog birthed her first pup at 11:30pm, so Rayma sat up with her. The second came at 1:30am followed by four more, 20 minutes apart. Numbers seven, eight and nine then came around seven minutes apart, followed by a 40-minute gap until number 10.
Rayma went to bed at 6:30am believing Winnie had all her pups. She couldn’t have believed her eyes when she went to check on Winnie four hours after she had checked her.
She said: “I thought 10 was amazing. She’d stopped panting and lay down feeding them. I really thought she’d finished, but when I came back I counted them and there were 11.
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“There was no mess, she’d just washed it and lined it up with the others. She is so smart .”
“Winnie is a pro. She even has ten nipples so she can nearly feed them all at the same time. The video is very cute.
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“She will never leave her children, even if they are barking. She is the best mother ever .”
Winnie was adopted by Rayma and her family when she was just seven months old, after the original owners moved abroad.
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Winnie’s colour is rare, according to reports.
“Her silver-dappled puppies have black spots and she’s a silver-dappled puppy. Three are also chocolate and the other three have black-and-tan .”
Rayma acknowledged that she would have to sell the puppies. I can’t keep eleven puppies, or else I will become a crazy dog lady !”
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