This poor Dalmatian was in labor for almost an entire day before giving birth to her first litter of puppies. Since the labor was so long, the vet knew that this wasn’t going to be any ordinary pregnancy. There was a chance for complications. However, once the puppies were delivered, everyone in the room was shocked.
Cecilia Langton-Banker is a Dalmatian breeder. She raised Miley, the pregnant Dalmatian, in Ballarat, Australia. So, Miley’s pregnancy wasn’t a shock. It was planned down to every detail, until she gave birth.
Finding a Mate
Miley’s mate was Astro. Astro was a champion dog who had won multiple awards. The two dogs clicked instantly and Miley was pregnant in no time.
Cecilia noticed that Miley’s stomach was growing unusually fast. The vet predicted that Miley would give birth to three puppies, even though Dalmatian litters could contain eight to ten puppies.
Miley had a career as a show dog. She had competed in multiple shows and competitions. However, if she gave birth to a large litter, it could change her body forever, meaning that she could never compete again.
The day everyone had been waiting for finally arrived on May 18, 2017. Cecilia woke up that day to find Miley acting strangely, which could only mean that she was going into labor. Cecilia called her vet and prepared everything necessary for Miley to give birth.
Cecilia thought of everything while preparing the birthing room. She put out a comfortable bed with blankets and fed Miley her favorite treats. It looked like it was going to be a routine delivery, until Miley did something surprising.
After hours of waiting, the vet grew concerned. She checked Miley to make sure she wasn’t in distress. If any complications were to arise, the vet would be on top of them.
It wasn’t until late that afternoon that the first puppy started crowning. The first one was delivered. Then the next. And then the next. At that time there were ten puppies! That is much more than the vet had predicted.
Once Miley had finished pushing out her litter, there were a whopping 18 puppies! Six of those puppies were male and the other 12 were females. The vet was absolutely shocked at how many puppies Miley delivered.
Even Astro Was Shocked
Once Miley had some time with her new babies, they let Astro into the room to meet his puppies. Cecilia could tell that he was confused and overwhelmed at first because there were so many.
Seven vets were hired to help Miley with her labor and birth. Cecilia was concerned that Miley wouldn’t be able to feed all of her puppies. Miley was here to surprise them all again. “They have been a really healthy, happy, thriving litter from the time they were born, which is largely because of their mum’s dedication and perseverance,” Cecilia said.
After two months, the puppies were ready to live with their permanent families. It was hard for Cecilia to say goodbye to them. “I expect to get an empty nest feeling when they all start going to their new homes,” she said.
Cecilia kept one of the puppies, a female named Paris. She hopes to enter her into dog shows and competitions just like her mother. It was a good idea because she won Best Puppy of Breed and Best Puppy in Ring at the Royal Melbourne Championship Show the year she was born.
Almost a year after the puppies were born, they were all invited back for a “family reunion.” Ten of the puppies were able to make the party. Cecilia even took them to a pool to play around in!