The Litter Survey has typically involved the fewest number of responses, with only about 15% of the survey respondents turning in a Litter Survey form.. This was again the case in 2005 with only 73 respondents submitting a survey form at all. Keep in mind that the survey instructions indicated that only litters born during the two year period immediately preceding the survey date would be considered. The following data therefore clearly shows which litters have been included in the survey analysis.
Litter Survey Data:
Table 17 provides data on the distribution of puppies in those litters that met the eligibility criteria. The first portion addresses puppies by sex and coat color. The totals by sex show a nearly equal number of males and females. The coat colors showed a predominance of Black over the other colors. It should also be noted that all references to a black brindle, red brindle, etc. were recorded as brindle and not black.
Many respondents did not clearly understand how to handle the stillborn birth and post delivery death counts. If there was no other information on the survey, the data was recorded exactly as presented. However, there were several cases where the data was adjusted to fit the following guidelines. Sex and coat color numbers for each litter were recorded for all live births. Puppies that did not survive the birth process were counted as stillborn births. The number of puppies conceived and carried by the bitch during gestation would be the sum of these two numbers. On the other hand, if a puppy died after birth, but during the first 12 weeks of life, it should be included in the live birth counts. Using these definitions, there were 616 full term puppies delivered in the 158 eligible litters included in the survey. Of these 616 pups, 57 (or 9.2%) were delivered stillborn and could not be resuscitated. After delivery, there were 46 pups that died during the first 12 week period.
Table 18 goes into some details concerning the puppies that died within 12 weeks as well as the ones that were reported to have a disease or illness. The respondents did not always record a cause of death for each one, nor did they provide a complete list of illnesses. So the following table lists what appear to be the most prevalent answers.