A ROMA Great Dane has almost become a real life version of 101 Dalmatians, birthing an impressive 17 puppies over the weekend.
First time mother Frankie was rushed to the Roma Veterinary Clinic at 11.30pm on Saturday after having one puppy and failing to progress any further.
Another 16 puppies were later delivered by caesarian, with the new family discharged the next day. Unfortunately three of the newborns passed away, but the remaining 10 girls and four boys are doing well.
It should have come as no surprise that the three-year-old Great Dane was bound to have a large litter – with her owners since learning Frankie’s mother also delivered 17 puppies.
The large demand for the new mum’s milk means her owner Sarah Strachan, and helpful neighbours and friends during the day, are up every two hours helping feed those who miss out.
The puppies were by Ms Strachan’s two-year-old Great Dane, Blue, who weighs 70kg.
Ms Strachan said it would likely be Frankie’s only litter.
“She was massive, it broke my heart seeing how big she was,” she said.
“I never thought she would have 17.
“She knows how to cost me money, but it comes with the love – Frankie is my pride and joy.”
Roma Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Tai Schuller assisted fellow vet Dr Will Nason with Frankie’s birth, which was one of the biggest the clinic had encountered.
“It’s usual for them (Great Dane litters) to be in the double digits,” Dr Schuller said.
“About eight to 10 is average, it’s not unusual for them to have 12 to 13, but 17 is a big litter.
“We were very surprised to have that many.”
When they are older, the puppies will go to new homes locally.