The grand total appears to be ten. My she has big litters -- and she was from a litter of only four! Fortunately Niffler has ten nipples. Eight is the usual number -- or at least that's what my childhood companion, a weimeraner bitch, had.
I have lots of enthusiastic emails from the families we sold her last round of puppies to, plus a new (or new to us, anyway) ranch truck from the proceeds. So I can't say that I'm sorry about the whole episode, although as a (former) llama breeder it seems like this many offspring in so short a time has got to be hard on her system. I'm still shaking my head at the numbers -- twenty-two puppies in one year. It takes a whole year to cook ONE llama cria, and another year before you can sell it. These puppies just fly out the door like hotcakes, and I don't have to hold the new owner's hand for the next five years, either.
I suppose it helps that I only ask half the going rate. Since we got involved in our friends' relief work, I haven't been able to even suggest that people should pay $1000 for a pet. I always want to hand them some orphanage sponsorship pictures -- Kenya, Ecuador, Ukraine, China, how about a kid instead?