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.