Napa sheep dog has litter of 17 puppies
John Costanzo of Napa Grass Farmer said in an email Monday that Stella, the farm's Maremma Sheepdog, just broke the California record for largest litter of puppies. Costanzo says Stella also broke the world record for largest Maremma sheep dog litter ever recorded.
“We had an excellent vet deliver them because it was way more than we thought,” Costanzo said. “They all made it and are healthy. The doctor said it was five more than he has ever seen in his years of practice as the biggest litter he had ever delivered was 12.”
The puppies — 11 boys and six girls — are all going to farms in California. “They are bred for livestock protection only – awesome breed,” Costanzo said.
They are described as affectionate, and "some even want to hug you or nibble you."