Great Dane Gives Birth to 19 Puppies

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A big dog is celebrating this mother’s day with an unusually large new litter. Three-year old Great Dane Jazz endured an exhausting 15-hour labor at her Shrivenham home to deliver 19 purebred puppies.

Owners Claire and Sam Ayre say they watched in disbelief as the puppies kept coming, one after another. Their vet had predicted a litter of five or so. Sadly, one was stillborn, and two of the newborns died within 24 hours of delivery.

The remainder of the litter, consisting of 10 males and six females, is keeping their mother busy: statistically speaking, Jazz birthed twice as many babies as the average Great Dane.

Claire is proud of her dog, and thought she may have set a new world record. “I thought she could have about 10 but not 19 – it’s incredible. We thought it might be a world record but apparently that stands at 23,” she said.

53 thoughts on “Great Dane Gives Birth to 19 Puppies”

  1. Amazing story! However, I can’t help but think that 19 less shelter dogs will be adopted. I am assuming the family isn’t keeping all the puppies.

    There are many shelter dogs out there that need you and can provide the love that you would expect from a great dog. My sweetie was living in horrible conditions with very little food and zero love and attention. She came to my house with nothing but a tennis ball as I was fostering her. She was dirty, tired and hungry. A good warm bath, some food, and a vet checkup and within 2 months of having her in my home she blossomed into the most wonderful and loving dog. To this day (3 years later as she become my dog), every time I put her breakfast or dinner in her bowl she looks at me with those wonderful big, dark, loving eyes and she blinks and licks my hand. As to say “thank you” for giving me my next meal. I only have an idea of what breeds she is, but it doesn’t matter, because her love is always the same for me regardless if I have had a bad day or a good day.

    Shelter dogs can take a bit more work at the beginning, however, in the end, they will love just as much, if not more that a dog that never had to suffer.

    • I do wish people wouldn’t be so quick to criticize others. Our past 3 dogs have been shelter dogs, and we fostered and found homes for 7 others. The dogs plus our cats are always spayed/neutered.
      However, this person’s dogs had an unusual number of pups which is why the story is noteworthy. And now people are posting complaints that now nineteen pound puppies won’t get adopted. Well…if they you would read the story closely, 3 pups died, 16 remain. And, people looking for Great Danes will not forego the pound pup just because these G Danes were born. They wouldn’t have looked at a shelter to begin with unless interested in Great Dane rescues. People looking for mixed breeds will still look at a shelter. These owners seem responsible and caring and will surely find good homes for the pups. And to the person who noted on facebook that the “poor mom & puppies have no bedding, soft towel or anything to lay on” —for goodness sake. If you had just had a major labor like that, you would probably want a cool floor to lie on. I’m sure there is adequate bedding, food and love for them all. Now would everyone please get off your “high horses” (which I’m sure you saved from the local pound) and make a difference where there is really a problem?

      • Thank you Sherry!

        The fact is, shelters are not going to be emptied simply by abolishing the breeding of pure bred dogs.

        • SSB and Sherry…I can’t agree with you both more. Amen to you both.Thank you for taking that stand.
          There is a place for all dogs in this world.
          Its -responsible- pet ownership that we are -short on-.

          Ignorance is BLISS.

      • The pounds are FULL of purebred dogs – or is it that meaningless piece of paper that people are after? I am fostering two purebreds right now, a Lhasa and a Shih-Tzu – their crime? Getting old.

        Breeders always have a litany of excuses for bringing even more animals into the world while millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized in this country every day. And those 16 puppies will breed how many more and it goes on and on and on.

        The shelters may not be emptied by banning irresponsible breeders, but there sure as hell might be a lot more perfectly healthy wonderful animals with loving homes.

        • But you miss the point.

          You are correct that there are purebred dogs in shelters. No one is disputing that. And make no mistake; my wish is that they all get adopted. But, you can’t force people to go to shelters by not allowing them to purchase from breeders. One does not result in the other. With your approach you may stop people from getting pups directly from breeders but that will not automatically result in an increase in adoptions of shelter dogs. And isn’t adoption the primary goal?

          You can attack breeders all you want but that will not support your argument. Nor is it the solution. Education and access is the key. Education on the benefits of spay and neuter and affordable access to veterinary services.

          By the way, I laughed at your nifty little inclusion of ” irresponsible breeders” so as to emphasize your predictable position that all breeders fall into that category.

          People who love dogs should be working together to solve the problem of over crowded shelters and divisive attacks are why our progress is not further along!

        • Cheryl F,
          Just to let you know, most breeders make sure that their pups are eventually spade/neutered. Sometimes, they will ask to breed a littler from one of the puppies, just to maintain the healthy bloodlines. So before you go and say that all these 16 pups will breed and that their pups will breed, note that if the breeder is responsible, which I am sure they are, they will make sure that all the pups are fixed.
          Though it is sad to see so many shelter dogs, I also find it quite upsetting that certain breeds no longer have the purity they once had. I own a wheaton, and because of the protein immunity and hip problem associated with the breed, we got our dog from a breeder. She made sure he got fixed, even payed him a little visit. More and more “wheatons” are appearing, though trust me, they are not full wheaton. The problem with these hybrids is that they often get ill with a protein immunity. The owners, not fully aware of the ins and out of the breed do not recognize it until it is too late, and this gives the breed a bad rep.
          Basically what I am saying is that it is important to continue to promote responsible breeding, to assure that bloodlines are maintained and dogs are healthy. Adoption is great, don’t get me wrong, but please don’t assume the worst of every dog breeder out there. Most love their dogs just as much as you do.

  2. I agree with the first commenter. My first thought was that there are now 19 dogs that will likely die in a local shelter because these people decided to breed their dog. And to be excited because you might have created a record number of puppies is even sadder. How about breaking records for the number of puppies saved from death in a shelter instead? 4 MILLION dogs die every year because people don’t know about the wonderful dogs that are available near by. And many of those dogs are pure bred dogs whose only fault is that their previous parents were victims of the economy and couldn’t afford to feed their canine family member. In fact, how many of the parents of the puppies from this litter will end up putting the dog in a shelter because they got bigger than they expected, can’t afford to feed them, had a baby and don’t want a dog around, move to a place with a weight limit… Statistically – 4 of those puppies will end up in a shelter at some point in their lives. Sad. I wish Life with Dogs didn’t actively promote breeding.

    • Statistically speaking 2012 terms of 19 …14 will find themselves incarcerated. Due to the numbers of foreclosures and economy dumping.

      Leaving 5 of those beautiful souls to a great loving permenant home.

      That is great and all however, that stat would keep me awake at night.

      Our family bred shelties until all of us little girls grew up and were made to “go to the pound” to save a life.
      I guess once you SAVE a life from death row, after looking in the eyes of those you do not choose, it is hard to BUY one, knowing that many (Fido, Dave, Halo, Brutus, Daffy, Cocoa, Lip, Molly, Abe & Tanks just died because you couldn’t take them all. Sad story to me and my family. I think we are all better people rescuing and not purchasing. for what a piece of paper?


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