When Eleanor Usher found out that Jessie, her 2-year-old Rottweiler, was pregnant, she was absolutely thrilled. She had no idea how many puppies Jessie was going to have, however, and giving her pregnant pooch an ultrasound was a little expensive. The vet told her to expect from 6 to as many as 12 pups but said it was unlikely that she would give birth to a litter that large.
Still, Jessie’s belly continued growing to a size that certainly didn’t hold just 6 or even 10 pups.
It was clear that Jessie was going to deliver a sizeable litter. Eleanor and her husband had just started making the necessary preparations when one night, they heard a commotion coming from downstairs.
After the 11th puppy was born, Eleanor started looking into records, and that’s when she saw that her Jessie was about to become a record holder.
It was just a little past midnight, and the sound of scratching and whimpering was undoubtedly Jessie going into labor. Jessie wasn’t due to give birth in three days, but there she was at the bottom of the stairs, releasing her little ones into the world.
When Eleanor arrived at the scene, Jessie had already popped out two of her babies. Eleanor knows that there was more coming, but she just had no idea how many!
The pups just kept on coming, and after Jessie gave birth to the sixth little Rottweiler, Eleanor let out a sigh of relief. Much to her surprise, Jessie just kept going!
Jessie’s pups kept coming until the 15th, and last was let out into the world. By giving birth to 15 puppies at once, Jessie’s litter broke the record for second largest litter in the UK.
Eleanor and her husband did not expect so many new family members. They’d only prepared for a little over six pups, not for over a dozen!
The obvious course of action was to put them up for adoption, but so far Jessie has been very protective of her cute little pups, not even allowing Eleanor to feed them formula. No better milk than mother’s milk, after all.
The whole ordeal lasted seven hours. All pups are in the pink of health, despite concerns over the last pup to be born. As soon as they’re weaned and can zip around on their own four paws, Eleanor plans to send them to new loving homes.