Puppy power: Labrador’s a mum 13 times over

Litter of 12 labrador puppies.
Litter of 12 labrador puppies.

Could these adorable bundles of fur be part of the biggest litter ever born in Calderdale?

Black Labrador Tia’s owners were expecting six to eight pups when they decided to breed her for the first time.

Litter of 12 labrador puppies.'Hollie Lund, nine (centre) and friend Isobel Hartley, six, with their favourite puppies and mum Tia.

Litter of 12 labrador puppies.'Hollie Lund, nine (centre) and friend Isobel Hartley, six, with their favourite puppies and mum Tia.

They were gobsmacked when they counted THIRTEEN pedigree pups after a 19-hour labour.

Susie Lund, 31, of Old Town, Hebden Bridge, said: “We just couldn’t believe it. It’s like she’s had two litters in one.

“The first one came at 1.30am and the last one was born at 8.45 that night.

“We got to five and thought that was it because there was a big gap. Then two hours later she started again.”

The 13th pup died, but its two brothers and 10 sisters are now just over six weeks old and almost ready for new homes.

Susie said: “We didn’t think Tia would be that much of a brilliant mum because she’s normally quite boisterous but she has done really well.”

Susie and husband John, 30, have been looking after their new brood with the help of son Jack, 11, daughter Holly, nine, and Holly’s friend Isobel Hartley, six.

Susie said: “It’s just like having 12 newborn babies apart from there’s no nappy changing. It’s the first and last time we’ll do it.”

Michael Lightwood, a vet at Hird and Partners in Blackwall, Halifax, said Labradors normally had between five and 10 puppies and the most he had ever seen was eight or nine.

He said: “The fact that 12 are doing well is great.”

l In 2005, a Neopolitan mastiff also called Tia set the world record for the biggest litter with 24 pups.