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That's a lot!! Most I've seen are 5-6. Your opinions?

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Dianne! I see from your blog that you decided to get a pup! Do tell! Is that the Abingdon litter with 12 pups? Are you getting a male or a female? It comes home ... around 4th of July weekend?

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For litter size, do you mean with BCs or any dog? I believe the world record for puppies born is 24... and I don't think it's all that uncommon for Great Danes to have 15+ in one litter...

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haven't decided yet. Lots of ifs and or but's....... 12 in a litter is spooky.

ETA- I'm glad someone is reading my blog.

 

Oh- nd P.S. I sent an e-mail to Dianne, Pat & Don to ask about the pups. Just to be sure that I'm doing the right thing. If not- I will decline.

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My oldest dog Mac, a BC comes from a litter of 11. All of the puppies survived and went to good homes, seven of them to working ranches. I have lost track of most of them but four of them oddly enough mostly white developed serious skin problems. Neither parent had ever shown the slightest sign of a skin problem.

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Bo came from a litter of 9, all males. It was her first (and only) litter.

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I know there's a breeder in So. Cal. who had several litters of 12 and 13 ... but I wonder what the record is for Border Collie pups. Anyone know?

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Jin came from a litter of 9. I had a BC that had 10pups. But one didn't make it.

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Dianne,

 

 

Assuming all pups got the nutrition they needed while on mom, I don't see how the litter number affects the one pup you are getting.

 

I would look at what the parents have done, and if they are old enough what their trial record might be, if any, or how they are used on the ranch , if you are looking to trial your pup.

 

The person I train with had a litter of 12 about 4 years ago and the majority of the pups are trailing Open, with various handlers.

 

In other words, genetics more important than numbers in litter.

 

 

Good luck with your pup.

 

Carolyn

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It's unusual in Border Collies but I have a friend who keeps having huge litters in her females - from different lines, too. She doesn't believe in interference so one time, I seem to remember the female had 13? but a few ended up dying within a day. So it ended up being a more "normal" sized litter.

 

Livestock guardians have gigantic litters. My Tully came from a litter of 14.

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A good friend of mine had a nice border collie that came from a litter of 13- born and raised in a barrel on a Montana ranch- all lived.

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