But Pongo could count, perfectly. He went downstairs with his head high and a new light in his fine, dark eyes. For he knew himself to be the proud father of fifteen.
The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Button from Somerby in Leicestershire has gone three better than Pongo's Missis with a litter of 18 puppies. There is a video of them on the BBC website.
The Leicester Mercury tells us that Button is the daughter of one of the dogs who appeared in Disney's 101 and 102 Dalmatians films. And that the largest known litter of Dalmatian puppies is 19.