In March 2018 LOL the chihuahua surprised her foster parent, Josie Brown, by giving birth – but the shocks didn’t stop there. That’s because while the little dog initially only popped out a few puppies, more were appearing all the time. In fact, Brown counted ten little puppers before she had one final surprise.
The one-and-a-half-year-old chihuahua called LOL has already been through so much in her short life. Apparently, her previous human was a hoarder who’d surrendered LOL to animal rescuers. Consequently, she ended up in the care of Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption (UPRA).
UPRA is a Kansas City-based charity. “We are a licensed, non-profit animal shelter that works to save the lives of homeless pets,” it wrote on Facebook. But it also helps improve the lives of animals in shelters.
“We also work daily with high-kill shelters in the Kansas City area to pull ‘unwanted’ pets to safety,” it explained. But when UPRA staff rescued LOL, they couldn’t help but notice that she was pregnant. Furthermore, they saw that she could give birth at any time.
However, LOL was lucky, and UPRA found her a foster family pretty quickly. Yes, Josie Brown happily took the chihuahua and her future puppies into her home. And five days later, LOL went into labor.
As a general rule, the smaller the dog breed is, the fewer puppies the mothers tend to have in their litters. Consequently, smaller chihuahua breeds normally birth anywhere from one to three babies per pregnancy. In fact, even the bigger chihuahua breeds don’t generally have more than five puppers per pregnancy.
So LOL understandably surprised Brown when her labor produced far more puppies. On March 27, 2018, the Foster mom described her experience in an interview with Inside Edition. “One more came out, and then two, three, four, five more came out,” Brown said.
And even though LOL had already reached the average expected litter size, she still hadn’t finished. Indeed, Brown noted that the chihuahua still had a bellyful of puppies, and they weren’t stopping anytime soon. “She still was round and bulbous,” Brown recalled.
“Obviously, there were more puppies in there,” Brown elaborated. When she informed UPRA’s Rebecca Taylor about the large litter, she was equally surprised. “Foster mom told us eight, and we thought surely she was done,” she told The Dodo on March 28, 2018.
But Taylor revealed that LOL still had more puppies to give. “Then came nine and ten,” she said. Ten babies from a chihuahua is impressive by any standards. In fact, it’s the same litter number as some other special doggy moms.
For instance, on September 8, 2011, News and Star featured a chihuahua called Coco. She stunned her owners, Dawn and Bill Slater, by giving birth to ten pups. “When she had the fifth we thought that was it,” Bill said. But he was, of course, very wrong.
Coco and LOL aren’t the only chihuahuas to reach double digit litters, either. YouTuber Heidi Evans posted a video of her daughter’s dog, Lily, who apparently also had ten pups.
But LOL’s story didn’t end there, and her foster family got a surprise the following day. “The next morning there was an 11th puppy,” Taylor told The Dodo. Not only is it an amazing litter number, but the puppies were also all healthy. There were no postnatal problems reported for the mommy, either.
Taylor said, “They are doing wonderful; they are all getting a start in life to be healthy.” An eleven-puppy litter is an unprecedented amount for a chihuahua, and UPRA informed those in the know of LOL’s achievement. It turns out that LOL might just break a world record.
The UPRA representative continued, “We have contacted Guinness World Records and have been told it will be up to 12 weeks before they notify us.” In the meantime, then, LOL’s foster family must have their hands full with that many puppers. So how are they going to cope?
The owners of Coco, the mummy of ten puppies, gave News and Star readers some tips for doggo owners who are struggling with large litters. Newborn puppies need round-the-clock attention, so Dawn recommended sharing the burden. “We’ve been taking turns staying up with them then sleeping through the day,” she said.
Additionally, the Slaters tried to make sure that the runts of the litter weren’t left out at feeding time. “Coco has only got eight teats,” Dawn informed readers. “So we’ve been having to take the bigger ones off to let the smaller ones on.”
For now, then, Brown is assisting LOL to look after her puppies. In fact, she’ll continue to help over the next several months until they’re older. After that, the search can begin to find them forever homes.
Perhaps UPRA will play a part in that. Taylor told The Dodo, “We are very optimistic about their future; they are each going to have wonderful, loving homes.” And there’s one last thing that makes LOL’s massive litter all the more special.
The chihuahua actually gave birth on National Puppy Day! What better way to celebrate puppers than with a record-breaking litter? Brown, for one, seems overjoyed to have so many pups running around. “I mean, it’s not the hardest thing to do in the world,” she told The Dodo. “You know? To love on puppies?”