How many pups will my German Shepherd have?

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gigi: How many pups will my dog have?
She is a german shepherd and pretty big (beautiful by the way ) I was wondering abt how many pups will she have?

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Answer by the gingie
the average litter is 6 to 8, however it is possible for there to be as many as 12 and as few as 2. pretty big range.

Answer by Jane speaks
This is a question you ask your breeding mentor/vet, since you’re a reputable breeder that shows, health screens, won titles, and had genetic testing done and all.

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  1. King Les The Lofty says

    Don’t believe any near-moron (in 1973 I had a genuine moron in my class) who writes “my germen sheperd is pregant”, thus proving that he doesn’t even:
    1: know the breed’s NAME and purpose;
    2: know how to punctuate breed-names;
    3: know why the spell-checker put red lines under 3 of those 5 words –
    yet is arrogant enough to pose as an EXPERT on the breed! He doesn’t even think clearly enough to realise that breeders BREED their own replacement stock (guess why they are called BREEDERS!), they have no personal use for neutered strays.
    As for his English…. “germen”, “sheperd”, “pregant”, “im”, “devolpemnt”, “dont”, “your self”, “its”, “belive”, “bueatiful” in just the first ‘sentence’ is too much for me. I expected better of 8 year olds.

    The data-base of litter information collected while I was Information Coordinator for the GSD Advisory Council showed that GSDs can produce anything from 0 to 13 pups, averaging close to 8 born, 6½ surviving to be tattooed.
    Actual numbers that survive depend on:
    How many ova she released. How early or late the mating was. Whether he inserted enough sperm & lubricant to produce an adequate sperm-swarm to reach the ova while still viable. How many of the fertilised embryos are genetically viable – many gene combinations result in those embryos being unable to pass particular stages of development; and so those embryos either die early and are re-absorbed, or are delivered dead, or “fade out” in the first 2± days. What bacteria & viruses are in the uterus during gestation – BHS is a particularly unwelcome sharer. Whether any pups are too big to pass through the birth canal. Whether the umbilical cord happens to tangle around any pups’ necks. What birth defects (such as cleft palate) are inherited and those pups euthanised. How clumsy the dam is – every year some pups are trodden on or squashed against the sided of the whelping box. How attentive the dam is – every year some pups die of cold because the dam doesn’t wrap herself around them, she favouring other pups in the litter. How good a feeder the dam is – (a) she needs to supply enough colostrum in the first 48 hours for all pups to receive enough of her antibodies to last them until vaccinations can produce active immunity, (b) she needs to supply all of the milk her pups need in the first 21 days, and some of their food from then until they leave home.
    In Germany, a maiden bỉtch was allowed to rear no more than 5 pups; an experienced bỉtch no more than 6. Any extra pups had to be either found a foster brood, or bottle/tube-fed (no thank YOU!), or euthanased.
    Knowing how hard actual GOOD homes are to find, I prefer to euthanase excess pups.

    Vets can feel “golfballs” when the brood is 28 days pregnant. An ultrasound scan or an xray about a week before birth is due can give quite good accuracy, for those who worry about whether the brood has or hasn’t finished whelping when she goes an hour or more without producing another pup. But it has the drawback that you have to take the brood to where there are sick dogs.

    (1) There is no such thing as a “german shepherd”. My breed’s real name translates as German Shepherd Dog – 3 words in the special noun, so 3 capital initials required, giving GSD for short.
    (2) “pretty big” makes her defective, unless you exaggerated. The International Standard of the GSD REQUIRES that GSD bitches be in the height range 54-61cm = 21¼-24″ (measured to whichever part of the pooch’s top-line is vertically above the elbow when the pooch is standing normally on a hard flat surface such as concrete) and in the weight range 22-32 kg = 49-71 lbs.
    (3) “beautiful by the way” – but (a) “Beauty is in the of the beholder”, and (b) the founder of this breed wrote “Let any beauty in my breed be the beauty of perfection of function.” For genuine breeders of GSDs, BOTH mating partners must have all of these certificates:
    In Germany, GSD litters can’t be registered unless both parents have ·1· SV Registration, ·2· the BH, and then either HGH or SchH, ·3· acceptable hip-scores, and ·4· acceptable elbow-scores. And yet those litters get only the lowly “white papers”. Litters that get the desirable “red papers” have parents with EVERYTHING that’s on that list, like this lad:
    How do your pet and the stud you mated her to match up?

  2. paul28 says

    Best thing to do is get her an xray or an ultra sound my germen sheperd is pregant and im not sure about the xray and devolpemnt of the pups dont feel around your self you could cause harm to the sacs read up on it and be prepared for anything and everything its a scary time belive me but hopefully you will get a bueatiful litter

    ON a side note dont belive any of these morons who try and make you feel bad about breeding most of them have no experience and i dont see them running out and adotping puppies and dogs from shelters if you have no expereince you should not have an opinion if your not donating to a animal charity or adopting or fostering animals you dont have an opinion these people are coming here for advice an education not comdenation there are allot of unwanted pregnacys in teenagers but were not send messges to there parents telling them there not fit to be parents and there children should be spayed give adive if you have give expereiences if you have it but dont judge because non of you are angels get a grip and get a life because if your only pleasure is to rip into people who have seriuos problems then your sick

  3. Cookie OTCH Mickey UDX says

    That varies from litter to litter and from dog to dog. The only way to have any idea of how many your particular female is carrying is to get an xray the last week of pregnancy so you know how many puppies to expect. Even at that, I’ve been occasionally surprised by an extra one hiding somewhere……lol.

  4. Emma says

    Average litter for a dog is 6pups however they can be as large as 15.

    If your dog is not of champion/working bloodline, nor holds a champion/working title then she should not be bred.

  5. TK says

    How many ova were fertilized? Oh, you don’t know. That’s why your veterinarian should shoot a radiograph and you’ll both count fetal skeletons.

  6. Helen Rempel says

    If she’s in the last week of her pregnancy, take her to the vet’s for an X-ray. He’ll be able to tell you how many to expect.

    No other way to know. She might have 5, she might have 15.

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