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The British Dalmatian Club believes the litter is a UK record.
"We were shocked when 18 were born and they were all alive and healthy," said owners Adam Morley. "We feed all the pups several times a day because Button can't feed them all constantly. We all take it in turns -- mine's at 3 o'clock in the morning."
The puppies were delivered by Caesarean section by veterinarian Con Hassett on 23 December.
"I never heard of any breed of dog giving birth to 18," Hassett said. "The real miracle is that they've survived this long because it's so hard to rear that many pups."
Button is the daughter of a dog who starred as Dipstick in the Disney sequel film 102 Dalmatians.
Guinness World Book of Records said it did not have details for individual breeds, but the current record for a dog was 24 pups when a Mastiff called Tia gave birth to the two dozen puppies in 2004.
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