Dog sperm that was frozen for 21 years has produced a litter of 10 Great Dane puppies.
According to Fox News, Dr. David Hopkins from Bellarine Veterinary Practice in Geelong, Australia, was delighted at the outcome of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.
Hopkins said that in 1989, his client, Deidre McRae, had asked him to store sperm from one of her prized Great Danes. More than 20 years later, long after the dog’s death, his sperm has led to a new generation. The healthy puppies are now 8 weeks old.
Breeding dogs using frozen sperm is not new technology, Hopkins told the Geelong Advertiser. He said the procedure is commonly used to breed professional sniffer dogs for Australian Customs.
However, he said it was remarkable that semen frozen for more than 20 years could produce such a large, healthy litter.
Happy dog mom McRae told the Geelong Advertiser she was “over the moon” with the results. “I was hoping for one or even two, but to have 10 is just unbelievable,” she said.
McRae plans to keep some of the puppies as show dogs and sell the others.