The Icelandic bitch Húfa from the farm Midhús in Fljótsdalshérad, east Iceland, gave birth to eight puppies seven weeks ago which are all alive and well. Such high fertility rates have never been recorded before among the Icelandic dog breed.
Húfa is three years old and these are her first puppies. Owner of the dogs, Edda Björnsdóttir, told RÚV: “We did not expect so many puppies. The day before they were born we went for a long walk […] and she [Húfa] was the fittest of all.”
At the Dog Breeding Association of Iceland only one other case where a bitch of the Icelandic dog breed gave birth to eight puppies has been registered, but four of the puppies were stillborn.
Therefore Húfa’s fertility is considered noteworthy within the dog breeding society, especially since these were her first puppies. Usually bitches only give birth to two to five puppies in the first go.
Húfa is very fit and produces enough milk for all her puppies. Björnsdóttir credits Icelandic Lýsi, fish liver oil, which she gives to her dogs every day. “It is the best they can get,” she said.