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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My one year old female had 12 puppies, 1 was stillborn & 2 more have died. How many puppies usually survive in a litter of this size with a first time mom?

I have a 1 year old female black mouth cur who had 12 pups on 02/20/12, 1 was still born and 2 more have since died. Can you tell me how many normally survive in a litter this large with a first time mom?'


There is no set answer to that, I’m sorry. There are too many variables. There can be hidden medical issues, the mom may not be "maternal," the set up may not be warm enough, the pups can be stepped on, etc…

Here is a link to the breeding section of our website.

Sorry I’m not able to give you a concrete answer.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Breeding.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

on Leerburg's Einstein ET500 Yard Remote Collar

Hi Cindy,

Just wanted to let you know that my Einstein collar has arrived and that I have been using it for over a week now. I am impressed and very happy with the product. For what I needed it for, it works brilliantly.

It is an exceptional product and very good value. I love the lights in the collar too, which are very handy as I walk my dog often in the early hours of the morning while it is still dark.

I have a female Doberman from European lines and she is a very high drive dog. She is just coming up to two years old and although we have trained and work well together, when we are out and she is off the lead there have been some things that just flick her switch. This is what I needed the collar for, as she would only exhibit certain behaviours off the lead and from a distance. So very hard to correct. I have plenty of parks around where I live and sports ovals so it is a real pleasure to have her off the lead when we walk. She is very smart and generally well behaved, I have trained her from a pup to leave and ignore other dogs, which is fine. What flicks her switch is kids on skateboards or scooters and bikes, also cats. The collar is a perfect device just to give her a reminder from a distance and to enforce barriers and no go zones if she gets a little independent.

I also love the pager on the Einstein, I'm finding that she comes when she is a hundred or so metres from me just with a buzz of the pager.

So just wanted to let you know that I was very happy with the product and would recommend it to anyone. Especially in Australia as our other options are really only Sport Dog or Dogtra, which are great collars and I have used the Dogtra collars before. But for just around the local neighbourhood the Einstein is very good value.

Kind Regards,

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

In the fall of 2012, Michael Ellis will be moving his school for dog trainers to Santa Rosa, CA. The new location is much larger than his current location and will allow Michael to add additional classes and courses to the curriculum. In early 2013, Michael is planning to add a course for military veterans. This course will be specifically tailored to veterans who are getting out of the military.

Read more for additional information and dates.

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