As many as attach to her uterine horns. Some times a first pregnancy has the most puppies, other times just a few. It depends on also the timing of the breeding with her ovulating and the vitality of the sperm present, and also her care and stress over the months. A typical Golden has a litter around 7 puppies give or take 2. I have had litters as big as 13. It is important if you are concerned about how many are in there and do not know how to palpate a dog to make sure all are delivered to take her in for an x-ray either days prior to whelping to count the puppies or after whelping to make sure none are retained. X rays are not expensive in caparison to not knowing if all the puppies are delivered. Plus, the first puppy (because of size) and last puppy out (because of exhaustion) are usually the hardest to deliver.
Answered by mgeels - 4/2/2013 2:59:32 PM