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Q. My Boxer just had a litter of nine puppies. The mother chewed the head off of the runt when I left them alone together, do you have any information on this kind of behavior?
My name is Jessi. My boxer just had a litter of nine puppies. One which died at birth, one that had liquid in its lungs. This last one that wasn't doing well was the runt. I had given it special care for the last three days. It seemed to be doing better. This morning I put him in the room with his mother while I went to the other room for a few minutes. When I came back, she had chewed it's head off. Is that normal? I've seen mothers push aside the weak. But I have never seen or heard of this. I didn't know who to ask about it, so I was wondering if you had any information of an opinion.

Thank you.
Jessi

A. We have heard of this and it's a big red flag to NOT breed this female again. Killing puppies is not normal mother dog behavior, even if they are weak or the runt.

I would keep a close eye on this mother and not allow her to be unsupervised with the rest of the litter.

If you need to bottle feed any of the pups, here is a great formula we use and recommend.

Cindy
  
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