A Napa farm dog recently set a record for birthing the largest litter of puppies in the state of California. The three-year-old Maremma sheepdog named Stella gave birth to 17 puppies, which also set a record for being the largest litter ever recorded for her breed.
“Six to eight is normal,” the Stella’s owner told a local news station. “Seventeen is insane.” While 17 puppies may sound like a dream come true to most, the farm owners knew that raising puppies is a lot of work.
“We really were just expecting maybe 10 at the most. But once the seventeenth was finally coming out we realized that this was going to be a lot of work. We were going to be feeding morning noon and night,” he said.
The owner also confirmed that all of the dogs, 11 males and six females, have been spoken for and will go to different farms all over the state. While living on the farms, the dogs’ role is to protect the livestock.
The littler still has plenty of time before they are separated and by the looks of it, the doggy siblings love being together and on top of each other.
Aside from providing the farm with another batch of watchdogs, this litter is bringing California cuteness to a whole new level. I mean, c’mon, who could resist a face like this?
As any parent knows, raising kids is exhausting! Here’s Papa sheepdog taking a rest with a chicken friend.
The sheepdog owners have been sharing photos on the farm’s Facebook page and also posted this video of the one-month-old Maremmas rambunctiously roaming through the pasture.
While the one-month-olds are happily enjoying puppy life now, they will soon grow up and learn to protect the sheep and chickens on their land from predators likes hawks and wolves.