A Great Dane gives birth to 19 puppies in Pennsylvania, making it one of the largest litter in the world, and all the dogs are doing fine with their mother.
The puppies are from a dog named Snowy by York County residents Brandon and Aimie Terry, according to Softpedia News. They knew Snowy was pregnant, but little did they know just how large the litter would be. Brandon Terry told ABC News that he first found out from his vet.
“We had made an appointment to take her into the vet, and they did an X-ray, and found out there were 15 spines in the X-ray.”
The Great Dane now has 19 puppies to care. They were born three weeks ago. These type of dogs usually have litters containing about eight puppies.
Brandon Terry was doing yard work when he kept hearing a noise, similar to a kitten’s mewing. When he looked, he saw the first puppy. Six more of the puppies were born at the house, with the rest born at an animal hospital.
“It’s a shocker, but I’m glad that they’re all here.”
The puppies recently opened their eyes, according to Food World News. They are small and cuddly now, but they’ll eventually grow to nearly three feet in height. Aimie Terry said the family is hoping to find new homes for the dogs.
“Right now they’re into exploring and playing, fighting with each other.”
The Great Dane and her 19 puppies may be small right now, but they grow to become the world’s tallest dog breeds. The world record holder for tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus, who measured 44 inches from paw to shoulder. Their large size belies their friendly nature, as these dogs are known for seeking physical affection with their owners.
The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge (German Mastiff). They are gentle animals making them ideal pets.
Dogs resembling the Great Dane have been seen on Egyptian monuments dating back to 3,000 BC. Extremely large boar-hounds resembling the Great Dane appear in ancient Greece; in frescoes from Tiryns dating back to 14th-13th centuries BC. The large boar-hound or Molossian hound continues to appear throughout ancient Greece in subsequent centuries right up to the Hellenistic era.
The Molossian hound, the Suliot dog and specific imports from Greece were used in the 18th century to increase the stature of the boar-hounds in Austria and Germany and the wolfhounds in Ireland.
Bigger dogs are depicted on numerous runestones in Scandinavia, on coinage in Denmark from the 5th Century AD and in the collection of Old Norse poems, known in English as Poetic Edda. The University of Copenhagen Zoological Museum holds at least seven skeletons of very large hunting dogs, dating from the 5th Century BC going forward through to the year 1000 AD.
In the 19th century, the dog was known as a “German boarhound” in English speaking countries. Some German breeders tried to introduce the names “German Dogge” and “German Mastiff” on the English market, because they believed the breed should be marketed as a dog of luxury and not as a working dog. However, due to the increasing tensions between Germany and other countries, the dog later became referred to as a “Great Dane.”
The Great Dane and her 19 puppies almost beat the world record, notes United Press International. The largest known litter of puppies is 24, born in 2004 to a Neapolitan mastiff in Cambridgeshire, England.