For most mothers - two or three babies is enough.
But four-year-old Quassia vom Wandsbarg the Irish setter has welcomed a 17-strong litter of adorable puppies.
The first time mother, who is a Irish red setter living with a family in Germany, must have been exhausted after a long labour.
Sadly two of Quassia's litter did not survive the birth on November 1.
Quassia and her owners will care for the remaining 15 for four months until the glossy-haired puppies are rehomed.