World Record For Largest Litter Of Puppies Set By Tia, a Neapolitan Mastiff
The world record for largest litter of puppies was set by Tia, a Neapolitan Mastiff, back in 2004, on November 29th. Tia managed to secure a place for herself and her puppies in the Guinness World Records Book, by giving birth to 24 adorable Neapolitan mastiffs, surpassing 3 other dogs that held the title for world’s largest litter of puppies, with 23 cute pups.
Tia, the Neapolitan mastiff and proud record holding mother, belongs to Damian Ward (UK) and Anne Kellegher from Ireland. They all live in Manea, Cambridgeshire, UK. Given the large number of puppies, Tia (full name Abellatino Arabella) had to perform a Caesarean section in order to give birth to them all. Ironically, the father’s name is also Caesar.
Tia started growing bigger and bigger with each day and her owners had to take her to the veterinarian because they were concerned with her health. Only two hours later, they decided on having a C-section to help Tia in giving birth to the world’s largest puppy litter.
Everything went well and Tia was happy and exhausted after giving birth to so many little bungle of joys. Unfortunately, 4 of the puppies were too week and died a few days after they were born.
“She certainly surprised us. When she went in for the Caesarean I thought we would lose her and the pups,” said Damian Ward.
“I was in shock for about two weeks. I was just a feeding robot,” Damian continued. “There’s constant feeding, constant changing – of bedding and everything, and very little sleep. It’s very hard work,” Anne added.
“The biggest puppy is called Sherman, another is called Rocky because he’s got two white gloves and the smallest is named Tinkerbell.” said Damian and Anne.
When fully grown, dogs like the Neapolitan mastiffs will stand more than 2 feet tall and weigh more than 180 pounds each.
PS: The quality of the photos is not that good because… well, because 2004. The photos with higher quality were taken later on.
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