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Breeders, how many pups were in your biggest litter?

Kind of a silly question, but I'm wondering how big your biggest litter was and how many pups survived. I'm trying to get a feel for what a big litter is for a golden. I often hear of 10-12 pups, which seems like a lot to me. Just curious.


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We recently put a deposit on a puppy and the litter was born on Thursday. It was a litter of 11, with 6 girls and 5 boys.
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Mira came from a litter of 10, 6 boys and 4 girls.

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I'm not a breeder but Daisy came from a litter of 13. I don't know if any of them died, probably not ... 13 is pretty impressive. I can't imagine how hard that must be on both the mom and the breeder!
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With Lexi's first litter, she had 10, and we lost 2 of them at birth. Four boys and 6 girls. Her second litter she had 11. One of that litter was still born. Five boys, and 6 girls.

Lexi herself came from a litter of 12. Only three of the puppies, she and two boys survived. The Breeder lost nine puppies to Canine Herpes Virus. So horribly sad, and we feel so fortunate to have our Lexi girl. We had first pick of the females, and with only one girl.....they offered either Lexi or to return our deposit. I fell in love with her the first time I saw her, and of course we chose to bring her home.

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Thirteen surviving pups was the old girls largest litter.

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Sam was the runt male of a litter of 12, all survived.
Ike was the largest pup of a litter of 10, all survived.
I'm curious to see what the largest litter size is...I thought 12 was a lot...
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Berna Welch had a litter of 16 last summer...she called them "the sweet sixteen"....

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Sam was from a litter of 12
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Tucker came from a littler of 9 pups, but his mother's two litters before his each had 10 pups. I'm anxious to see how many will be in Tucker's older sister's litter that's due sometime in November.
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