Labrador gives birth extremely rare mix of yellow, chocolate and black pups

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Thanks to a breeding programme 15 years in the making, a black Labrador has given birth to a multi-coloured litter of yellow, chocolate and black puppies. Zola, four, had a total of ten pups who are a mixture of three different colours – only seen on a ‘handful’ of occasions before. Owners Tina Davis, 62, and her husband Martin Davis, 63, first started breeding with a female chocolate Lab in 2006.

Over the years, they’ve bred a combination of chocolate, yellow and black Labs and ultimately decided to strategically breed pups to produce a litter of all three.

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Retired hotelier Tina, from Horsham, West Sussex, said: ‘We’ve always loved dogs, and when a friend decided to go abroad she had to rehome her two chocolate labs. ‘Chocolate Labs are not renowned for being good gun dogs, and we wanted to prove that with the right breeding, they could be up to the job.
10 puppies of three colours
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Zola the Labrador with her 10 puppies of three colours
This will be Zola’s last litter (Picture: SWNS)

‘Things just progressed from there, and we started breeding a variety of different coloured Labs.

‘We’d planned to produce a boy and a girl capable of giving all three colours since the day we started breeding, and now we’ve finally done it.

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‘Only a tiny handful of Labradors have the genetic predisposition to produce all three colours, and even less are mated to a partner dog to make this happen.

‘Labradors can often carry a lot of genetic problems, so it’s not just about the colours, you have to make sure you’re producing a healthy puppy too.’

Zola the Labrador with her 10 puppies of three colours
A litter 15 years in the making (Picture: SWNS)
Zola the Labrador with her 10 puppies of three colours, HorshamSee SWNS story SWSYpuppy. A Labrador has given birth to an extremely rare mix of pure yellow, chocolate and black puppies in the same litter - in a breeding programme 15 YEARS in the making. Black Labrador Zola, four, delivered ten pups who are a mixture of three different colours - only seen on a 'handful' of occasions before. Owners Tina Davis, 62, and her husband Martin Davis, 63, began breeding with a female chocolate Lab in 2006. Over the years they bred a mixture of yellow, chocolate and black Labs and decided to strategically mix doggy DNA to produce a litter of all three.
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The ten adorable pups – two yellow, three chocolate and five black – were born on October 18 and have already been matched to forever homes.

The father of Zola’s pups is a black Labrador called Rocks, three, who belongs to Diana Stevens, who owns the stud farm the Davis’ have used since they started breeding.

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Rocks had also been uniquely bred to carry all three colour genes.

Poor Zola had a tough pregnancy, with the pups having to be delivered by C-section, so Tina’s decided not to breed from her anymore.

However, in a few years time, she plans to breed from one of Zola’s daughters, with 50% of this special litter having the DNA to produce all three colours themselves.

Zola the Labrador with her 10 puppies of three colours
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Zola the Labrador with her 10 puppies of three colours,
They’re too much (Picture: SWNS)
‘By successfully breeding a litter of different colours, we now have the right line to continue to do this which we’re extremely pleased about,’ Tina said.

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‘If we wanted to, we could sell this litter for a much higher price as they now carry extremely valuable genetics – but we’re not interested in the money.

‘We’d much rather see our Labs go to a loving home and a good family who are committed to having a dog.

‘Our puppies are not designer dogs to be shown off or used as an accessory, and we feel very strongly about that.

‘Zola had a difficult time of it this time around, and it was very stressful for us both, so we’re planning to take a bit of a break before we breed again.

Most animals are creatures of habit. It will be important to develop a consistent schedule to follow with your new pet. Potty breaks at regular intervals, feeding at the same time(s) every day, playtime, walks – everything needs to be scheduled. At first, this can seem overwhelming but soon enough, you and your new pet will be on the same schedule.

‘But whatever colour each of our puppies come out, we know they’ll all make amazing pets for whatever family they go to.’

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