SAN FRANCISCO -- It's alot like the internet sensation Eaglecam, only fuzzier and cuter.
Puppycam, also known as the "Shiba Inu" cam, is the latest viral hit, showing off a brand new litter of pups that belong to an ancient breed of dog from Japan.
The live webcam shows off the third litter of pups bred by a San Francisco, California couple. It was originally set up in 2008 to monitor their first litter of Shiba Inu puppies while they were at work.
The live streaming website showed the puppies interacting with each other in a variety of ways: sleeping, playing with toys, tearing up wee pads, and occasionally snuggling with their mother, Kika. Links to the site spread like wildfire and virally. By October 13, 2008, three million viewers had spent 1.2 million hours watching the puppies via the Internet.
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On April 14, 2011, over fifteen hundred viewers tuned in to see Kika's third and final litter. As in the original litter there are six puppies, three of each sex. However, unlike the previous two litters, the "C Team" sire was a Black & Tan colored Shiba instead of a Red. Despite the sire's color, all the puppies are red in color.
The names of the C Team all begin with the letter "c". In order of birth they are: Chozen, aka "Zen" (boy); Chame (boy); Chisaki, aka "Saki" (girl); Charlotte (girl); Chiyoko, aka "Yo-Yo" (girl); and Chikara (boy). The last boy pup, Chikara, has the highest birth weight of any of the pups coming in at 11 ounces.
The owners, who remain anonymous, have made calendars, mousepads and other items that bear the likeness of their puppies. All the proceeds are being donated to various Shiba Inu Rescue organizations around the United States.
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