Cecilia Lanton Bunkergot of Ballarat, Australia loves Dalmatians. In fact, her life is all about the beautiful breed. She trains, shows, and competes with them. For 27 years, she has also owned a high end breeding program, CC Dalmatians, that has produced numerous titled and champion dogs.
In other words, Cecilia knows just about everything there is to know about Dalmatians. So when she decided to breed a litter, she chose her titled show dog, Miley, to be a first time mom. After careful consideration, she chose Astro Wonder Boy to be the stud.
The breeding took and like all responsible breeders, Cecilia provided Miley with veterinary care throughout her gestation period. With the help of x-rays and ultrasounds, her vet speculated that Miley would have 3 pups. As time passed Cecilia sensed that the count was off. However, Miley continued to be healthy and happy and that was the most important thing.
After her gestation passed, Miley began her labor and Cecilia called on the team of veterinary nurses that she had on standby to help ensure a safe delivery. After the 3 predicted pups were born with no sign of stopping, Miley’s delivery team was shocked to deliver pup after pup. For Astro’s part, he must have been a true Wonder Boy because Miley gave birth to 18 healthy puppies to the surprise of everyone.
The humongous litter landed Miley in the Guinness book of World Records for the world’s largest litter ever birthed. Normal Dalmatian litters consist of 8 – 10 pups and first time litters are usually smaller so this was a huge feat.
Mom and pups were all safe and healthy. Despite Cecilia’s initial shock, she was thrilled with the huge litter and of course, had no problem taking care of all the dogs as any good breeder would. One thing we’d like to ask her though, was she getting worried Miley was going to give birth to 101 puppies?