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Dalmatian gives birth to bumper litter of 14 pups in Hosur

R. Arivanantham
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Pups jostle for a feed at the residence of G. Janakar in Hosur recently.— Photo: N. Bashkaran
Pups jostle for a feed at the residence of G. Janakar in Hosur recently.— Photo: N. Bashkaran

: A middle-aged couple G. Janakar and B. Suganya Janakar were thrilled when ‘Chinni’, their two-year-old Dalmatian breeder dog gave birth to a bumper litter of fourteen pups (five male and nine female) at Hosur in Krishnagiri district.

This is claimed to be the biggest bumper litter born to a Dalmatian in India. The average delivery of this breed is about eight or nine pups. 

Janakar, owner of a small scale industry in Hosur bought two month old Dalmatian pup from a Police Inspector when he was transferred out of Hosur two years ago.

Chinni started littering the first pup at 9.40 p.m. on November 8 and delivered the fourteenth pup after about 20 hours the following day.

The gestation period of the Dalmatian breed is sixty days, but Chinni started littering four to five days earlier, Ms. Suganya said.

Mr Janakar added: “We feed all the pups several times a day because Chinni on her own can’t feed them.”

Companion and

watch dog

The dalmatian breed has a life span of 17 to 18 years and is sought after as a companion and a watch dog.

Ms. Suganya said that the family planed to keep only one puppy and hand over the rest to family and friends.

“We will have to sell a few as the cost of maintaining a large number of these pups is huge,” she added.

Dalmatian breed has a life span of 17 to 18 years and is sought after as a companion and a watch dog.

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