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 Post subject: Litter size
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:19 pm 
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What determines the amount of pups or is it just whatever :dk

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 Post subject: Re: Litter size
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:38 pm 
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I don't have references for this right now, so please correct me if I am mistaken in any of this. I have read so many books and other sources over the years I cannot recall where I learned each piece of information.

The mother only releases a certain number of eggs. Then once they are fertilized not all of them will implant. Some can even be re-absorbed after being implanted. I have heard all kinds of things about males who can produce big litters. But its the mom who releases the eggs and provides the environment so its up to her system. Younger mothers tend to have larger litters and subsequent litters tend to go down in number. Puppy mortality also goes up with subsequent litters. Puppy mortality spikes to over 50% on average with a fifth (or more) litter. Litter size also tends to run in families. Females from big litters tend to produce larger litters themselves. Good health and proper nutrition are vital to supporting any litter and lacking those can certainly also affect litter size.

I do not know of any true and reliable way to increase the size of a litter.

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 Post subject: Re: Litter size
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Thanks Erika

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