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Vet Minute: Dog Litter Size FAQs

November 29, 2022

Vet Minute: Dog Litter Size FAQs

Last updated: January 21, 2020

In this Vet Minute, Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, answers common questions asked about dog litter sizes.
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What Determines the Size of a Litter in Dogs?

What is the average dog litter size and if my female is having small litters how can I safely increase her litter size? The average size of a litter depends on the breed of dog. For example, the smaller breeds may only have one to three puppies while larger breeds can have eight and up to 14 puppies. Superior nutrition, good body condition and excellent parasite control are important methods to improve the number of puppies a female has in her litters. Adding Breeder's Edge® B Strong to her food ration and using a high-quality puppy food that is NOT grain free is recommended. Keep her at an ideal weight and physically active and fit. Making sure to use monthly flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal parasite control products will assure she is in peak health at the time we expect her body to be able to metabolically manage the all important canine pregnancy. Reproduction is a luxury of the body – only animals in excellent health have the resources to produce sperm, eggs and support a healthy pregnancy.

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 35+ years' experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She's served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services since 2019.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.