Mom Was Pregnant, But When She Gave Birth No One Was Prepared For The Result 19 Hours Later
Cailyn Finkel 1/6/2016
Everyone knows the phrase, "the more the merrier," but this family had to take that seriously when their two proud Great Danes welcomed 19 puppies in December. They couldn't be any more adorable!
The puppies were the product of this handsome black stud and Velma, the spotted princess to the right!
When the owners, Josh and Terri Luther of Alabama, found out Velma was pregnant, they knew the puppies were going to be gorgeous!
Too Cute To Handle
When it was time to give birth, Josh Luther told DothanEagle.com that he was surprised by the entire sheer number of puppies. He couldn't believe it!
"They just kept coming!"
All in all, the birthing process lasted about 19 hours. The craziest part was that the puppies all seemed to be perfectly healthy - something almost unheard of when it comes to such a long birth!
Just Want To Cuddle Them
In a normal pregnancy, Great Danes are expected to carry a maximum of 10 puppies. But 19 is something legends are made of!
In fact, the Luther's tied the national record for most puppies born in one litter. The largest litter ever recorded was in 2004 in England, where 24 pups were born to a Neapolitan mastiff (another type of giant breed). Unfortunately, four of those puppies died shortly after birth.
Big, Happy Family
The Luthers have already fallen in love with the giant bunch, but Josh knows they simply can't keep them all.
"Once you name them, you get attached to them. I already have a hard time letting them go."
So far they've sold almost all of the rapidly growing pups, and their Facebook page updates followers of the ones that are still available. They are saving a few for themselves, of course!
Nuzzling Next To Momma
As these little guys and gals grow, they'll need more than four cups of food everyday! But while they're small, they can feed off their mother's milk.
When they're full grown, most of them will weigh between 100 - 170 pounds. They are going to be massive!
See Them In Action
If you love puppies as much as I do, click "Play" on the video below! These tiny babies are going to be huge lovebugs soon enough!
Everyone Loves Puppies!
This surprising litter is going to grow up and look just as striking as their parents, which is easy to see! Add in the fact that Great Danes are known for their even temperament and warm nature, and there's not doubt that they're going to live happy lives.
For another Great Dane story, read this heartwarming FaithTap story to see how an amazing Great Dane pup helped a little girl.