Laura Adams with 12 of the french mastiff cross puppies. Below left, proud mum Huni and one of her litter.
Laura Adams with 12 of the french mastiff cross puppies. Below left, proud mum Huni and one of her litter. Karleila Thomsen

Unexpected pregnancy produces 12 pups

THEY may be small now, but by seven months old each of these 12 french mastiff dogs will eat more than 20kg of food each week.

An unexpected pregnancy has left Donna and Laura Adams with 14 of these animals.

Laura Adams saved one-year-old female rhodesian ridgeback, Huni, just three months ago from death row at the Hervey Bay pound.

Back home, her French mastiff Bronson took a liking to Huni and an unwanted pregnancy resulted.

"We certainly aren't breeders or anything like that," Ms Adams said.

"When we discovered that Huni was pregnant we decided to take care of the puppies the best that we could.

"It has just proven way too difficult."

Each of the animals will weigh almost 70kg and stand up to 80cm tall when they reach adulthood.

Ms Adams and her mum were shocked at such a large litter.

Females of this breed will usually throw about eight pups.

"The birth was a complete surprise, so much so that she gave birth in the yard," she said.

"I have no experience with that kind of thing, so it was exciting and scary at the same time."

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