VIDEO: Dog gives birth to 17 cute puppies, all survive

Dog gives birth to 17 puppies

A dog in Germany gave birth to 17 cute little puppies with no need for a Caesarian section.

Etana, the four-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback from Germany, had eight female and nine male pups. Owner Ramona Wegemann had to bottle feed them five times a day for their first month because their mother did not have enough milk.

“I couldn’t really sleep for the first three weeks, Wegemann said. “I only slept 15 to 20 minutes without interruption and I was very exhausted.”

When dogs give birth to a lot of puppies some of them die within the first week. But in Etana’s case, all of them survived. The pups were given African names to reflect their heritage, since the Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in Southern Africa where it was used (amongst other things) to hunt lions.