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GSD gives birth to very unusual litter: Vets have never seen anything like it

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A rare event occurred at the Anubis Veterinary Clinic in Milan: A German Shepherd gave birth to an incredible amount of puppies, leaving the vet team stunned.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 20/06/2021, 18:00

Nature can sometimes do some crazy things. 

A beautiful GSD named Panama certainly proved this back in April when she gave birth to a surprisingly large litter of puppies.


German Shepherd gives birth to huge litter

Panama had been followed closely during her pregnancy, and everything was running smoothly. Both she and her puppies were in perfect health. 

However, the vets did notice that she was harbouring a rather large litter of puppies in her belly. The average litter size for German Shepherds is 8 puppies, but it was clear that Panama was going to have more.

The vets decided that to be on the safe side, it would be better if Panama gave birth via C-section. So, on the 21st of April, they put her under and started the surgery.

C-sections for dogs

And their predictions were correct. Panama was not a mother to 8 puppies, nor to 9 or 10. Indeed, Panama gave birth to 11 beautiful German Shepherd puppies, an exceptional amount for a GSD litter!

C-sections are quite rare in dogs, but this vet team went above and beyond to make sure everyone concerned made it through with flying colours. We are very pleased to know that both Panama and her entire litter are now in perfect health!