Australia’s Monash Veterinary Clinic has announced the birth of a litter of three fox terrier pups from sperm frozen 22 years ago.
Vet Stuart Mason said the healthy pups were produced using a new European technique. Sperm collected from prize-winning fox terrier Grenpark Keepers in 1989 yielded two males and a female more than 18 years after their father passed away.
North Eltham breeder and client Robyn Price said she was elated when the pups were born. “It is incredible that it could be frozen for that long and still come alive. Everyone wants them and they are world famous because their father was a legend.”
Because of the unique nature of the litter the pups were hand raised in controlled temps with around the clock feeding sessions for the first ten days of their existence.
Robyn Price said she has invested more than $6000 in storage fees and surgery costs in order to preserve the legacy of prize-winning fox terrier Grenpark Keepers. “It is quite bizarre when you think about it, but these puppies are priceless.”