Yesterday, I had two dogs…
…Today, I have twelve. Click on the pics below for hi-res versions.
Contessa gave birth to 10 little Cane Corsos today. 8 Male, 2 female.
We “named” them based on the color of bands we put around their necks.
Most of the puppies weighed in at between 450-480 grams, but we have two runts: Dark Blue male is 413 grams and Pink female is 400 grams. Pink didn’t seem to want to suckle either at Contessa or at a bottle for the first couple of hours, but at about 2 o;clock, she found a nipple and went to town. We were afraid we might lose her at first.
One of the male puppies, Lavender, weighed in at 550 grams. I like him a lot. He may be the one we keep, depending on how he does on temperament testing.
It was a long day, but at the moment, mother and puppies are sound alseep.
Contessa was a real trooper. She handled all ten puppies as they were born, and needed no real assistance from us for any of them. Considering that this was her first litter, and a very large one, she handled it like a pro, though she’s completely exhausted right now.