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Not quite '101' dalmatians born in Britain

January 7, 2009 |  3:23 pm

Dalmatian puppies

A Leicestershire, Britain, dalmatian named Button has given birth to what may be a record-breaking number of puppies: 18! 

Button's owners, Adam and Nicola Morley, and the British Dalmatian Club believe that the litter is the largest one ever for a dalmatian (although Guinness World Records doesn't keep tallies for individual breeds). Button also gave birth to a sizable litter of 15 puppies in 2007. The BBC interviewed her owners, who reported that things were hectic in their home:

"We feed all of the pups several times a day because Button can't feed them all constantly," said Mr. Morley.

"We all take it in turns to feed them -- my stint is usually 3 a.m."

Button is the daughter of the dalmatian who played Dipstick in the film "102 Dalmatians."  Her puppies were delivered by caesarean section. 

A Denver TV station reported that a Neapolitan mastiff named Tia gave birth to 24 puppies (20 of whom survived) in Britain in 2005. 

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: The canine stars of "102 Dalmatians" -- that's Button's father as Dipstick on the left. Credit: Clive Coote / Disney.

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