Romy the Irish Setter gives birth to huge litter of 15 puppies after eight hour labour

When three-year-old Romy went into labour her owners knew they had a long night ahead of them.

But when she started to give birth at their Coventry home she didn’t stop until an astonishing 15 Irish setter puppies were born.

The amazing feat was almost double the average of a traditional litter of eight or nine and not far off the UK record.

The record in Britain is 24 pups which was set in 2004 in Cambridgeshire beating the previous record of 13.

Romy spent eight hours in labour with just a few hours break before giving birth to the remaining five heaviest puppies.

The squealing newborns, a healthy 10 girls and five boys, weighed between 275 and 339 grams.

Within just a week they have doubled in size.

Despite not being able to open their eyes they have been gulping milk every two hours of the day.

Ms White, who specialises in breeding guide dogs, said: 'We did a scan when Romy was just four weeks pregnant and we thought we saw eight or nine. So you can imagine our shock when she carried on giving birth to more.

'She was very tired by the end of it. We gave her a walk round the garden after her 10th one. Then after two hours the others came out.

'The last one to be born was the biggest. It took Romy more effort to get him out than the others.

'We were in shock when she kept going. We thought ''oh crikey'' how is she going to get the last few out but she did it.'

Exhausted Romy doesn’t have enough milk for all her offspring so Ms Copping and Ms White feed them a milk substitute in a bottle instead.

Ms White, a police officer based at Coventry Central Station, said: 'Between us we’re looking after the puppies 24 hours a day. Natasha does the day shifts and I do the nights because I’m used to doing night shifts for work.

'I’ve never helped a dog give birth - my work doesn’t prepare you for something like this.'

Ms White said being a mother has come naturally to Romy.

She said: 'This is her first litter but she’s such a natural. She knows exactly what to do, she’s a fantastic mum.

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