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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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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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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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I guess my question would be.... How common is it to lose puppies after birth and how quickly to they pass? If they make the first 24 hours are they all pretty much out of the woods?
 

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I guess my question would be.... How common is it to lose puppies after birth and how quickly to they pass? If they make the first 24 hours are they all pretty much out of the woods?
It is very common to have stillborns or pups that aren't going to survive, particulary in very large litters.

I kind of think 72 hours is the point where I'm comfortable that the pups are out of the woods.
 

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I know that my breeder did not call until day three to tell us the puppies were born. I always thought it was for precautionary reasons.
 

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Wow! A litter of 16?!?!?! That's insane! I wish I could remember how many pups were in Bogey's litter. I want to say it was around 10, but I'm not sure.
 

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Bailey came from a litter of 12...Burgundy's first and only (so far) litter.

I don't know how many puppies were in Burg's litter...
 

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Ljilly just told me about a litter of 17!!!!!
 

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I think Arcane had 3 litters of 13??
NOPE! thank DoG! my biggest have been 11 ...Gabby's (all survived- and arrived in 3 hrs!) then Fallon's - lost a pup @ 1wk of age. Tauri's 12 - lost one at birth ...I much prefer my smaller litters :) easier all around!!!!!
 

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Holy jumping jellybeans... if 1 puppy is a handful, then what is 16 puppies called?!

The breeder would definitely need to be one organized and restless person to keep track of them all!
 
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