Mother’s Day is going to be like Christmas at Bailey’s house.
The 4-year-old African Boerboel recently gave birth to a whopping 19 puppies at the Auburn University College of Veterinarian Medicine. According to The Dothan Eagle, the litter is believed to be the largest ever born at the school.
Bailey is still short of breaking the world record, which stands at 24 pups.
“The radiograph showed at least 14 to 15 puppies, so we decided on a C-section because a natural birth for a litter that size would be a long delivery for the mother and often results in the loss of puppies because of the long delivery process,” Dr. Aime Johnson professor and theriogenologist at the school said of Bailey’s predicament.
Unfortunately, not all of the 19 babies made it, one of the puppies passed away during the caesarian delivery that took place at Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Mom and her remaining 18 pups are now back at home, all of them happy and healthy.
Even at top health, 18 pups are still a handful, so Bailey definitely needed an extra paw to help her with the first few days of mom duties. Bailey’s owner had a nanny on hand until recently to assist the dog with her pups’ every-four-hour feeding schedule. Mom now has taken the reigns herself and is doing a phenomenal job.