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Archive for April 23rd, 2013

What is the Normal Size of a Dogs Litter.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog is expecting puppies, you may wonder how many puppies she will have. Litter size varies based on the breed of the dog, In general, smaller dogs usually produce smaller litters. According to PetPlace, some dogs may give birth to a single puppy while other dogs may give birth to 17 or higher!  Older and younger dogs tend to give birth to smaller litters.  Dogs three to four years old produce the largest litters.

If your dog eats and behaves normally during pregnancy, no complications develop and the puppies are developing normally inside the uterus, the litter size is considered normal.  First time mothers are likely to give birth to one or two puppies while experienced mothers usually give birth to three or more. Inbreeding, nutrition, the age of the father and certain health conditions can also increase or decrease litter size.

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