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02-03-2011, 07:26 AM
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My neighbor said they only had one puppy.
I personally saw a black puppy and a white puppy.

Using a scale of 1% to 100%
can anyone tell me the size of dog litters?

1 pup = ? %
2 pups = ?
3
4
5
6

(example: litter of 5 is a 43% chance, a litter of 4 is a 29% chance, a litter of 8 is a 0% chance, etc. with all of the %'s adding to zero)

I find my neighbor's claim, of a litter of one, to be questionable.

02-03-2011, 07:35 AM
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As far as % I don't know that answer. My niece got a Golden Retriever puppy from a neighbor, and it was the only pup.

02-03-2011, 07:41 AM
 Location: Northern MN 3,869 posts, read 12,114,459 times Reputation: 3514
Depends on the dog, it's age and or the breed.

I've had litters with 3 pups up to 11 pups with the same dog.

Some breeds will have only 1-4 pups some 1-14 pups.

02-03-2011, 07:41 AM
 Location: North Western NJ 6,591 posts, read 19,119,317 times Reputation: 9496
the likelyhood of a dog having 1 puppy is small, even the chihuahua's average litter size is 2 pups...
BUT its not impossible and more likley in older females or from older males (who have less sperm viability)

many singleton pups come from single ties, or are not realy singleton pups at all but simply the only survivor in the litter...

i cant give you an actual percentage, i dont think a study exists, but its relitivly low, but can happen, and some breeds are more prone to small litters so that can also play a part.

02-03-2011, 07:42 AM
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ok, then the chance of one pup is at least 1%, with litters of various sizes.

ooops, the largest litter was 24 with 20 survivors.
Mastiff Delivers Massive Litter Of Puppies - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

so 24 is at least 1% and so is a litter of 1, so all the numbers of pups between 1 and 24, occupy all the other percentage chances.

02-03-2011, 07:45 AM
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The mother was a small shaggy dog, breed not known.
The father was a pomeranian(with short hair though)-chihuahua type dog.

So, a litter of 1 is quite possible, though I personally saw a black pup and a white one in the yard.

02-03-2011, 07:53 AM
 Location: Northern MN 3,869 posts, read 12,114,459 times Reputation: 3514
Breeding 101, simplified.

I've had young dogs only produce 3 pups before and then the next litter she had 11 pups 10 survived. (1 stillborn)

At what point in her cycle was the tie,
How many times did you Mate the dogs, 1 or 2-3 times. She will not drop all of her eggs at once. The male's sperm is good for 24-34hrs.

Then age of the bit.h. Old studs do have issues but they can still sire a large litter.

but i think this is a person who has an interest in the litter and they think that they are being lied to about the number of pups in the litter?
"So, a litter of 1 is quite possible, though I personally saw a black pup and a white one in the yard."

02-03-2011, 07:58 AM
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The mother dog was having her second set of pups (at least 2nd set). We actually think she has died, as no one has seen her in 3 days.
The father was a much younger dog and was restrained by a chain, so we do not know the mating frequency.

So, with dogs, the numbers can be all over the place.
1 ++++

02-03-2011, 08:01 AM
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Singleton pups are not that uncommon. Yet many times there were other pups that she delivered , but were stillborn. As stated before, the breed, their health, age all play into litter size. If you did see 2 pups maybe they meant only one survived to date.

02-03-2011, 09:02 AM
 Location: North Western NJ 6,591 posts, read 19,119,317 times Reputation: 9496
and yes, litter size is very unpredictable...
normal litter size for a chihuahua is 1-4 puppies with an average of 2, but ive known of chihuahuas with 5 or 6 pups in a litter...
normal size liter for a great dane is 6-10, but ive personally known danes have 2 or as many at 14

add to that ive known females have 2 puppies one litter and 6 puppies the next...
i helped a breeder with one of her dane litters and this female had consitently had 6 pups in a litter for 3 years straight...this was her last litter before retirment and she droped 16 pups!

thats why good breeders find it so nessicary to have xrays done on the monther to get an idea of how many puppies to expect, theres no way to predict, and as retained puppies can be deadly, if your vet saw 6 skull/spines, and your dog only delivers 5 puppies you KNOW theres are least one puppy stuck and that you need to intervein.
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