Labrador gives birth to one of the biggest litters in history for the breed

14 puppies labrador puppies - one of the biggest litters ever by a labrador.
The 14 adorable puppies make up the biggest litter England (Picture: SWNS)

A labrador has given birth to one of the biggest – and cutest – litters ever recorded for its breed.

Six-year-old Bella delivered a staggering 14 black and yellow puppies, leaving her owner Hazel Hedges astounded as they continued to pop out last month. Registered dog breeder, Hazel, 31, had expected her black lab Bella to produce a litter of six to eight puppies, after a scan revealed she was carrying around six. But during the gruelling seven-hour labour at Hazel’s home in Wentworth, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, Bella delivered double the amount expected on April 18.
Feeding time. A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
Feeding time is a hectic affair for notoriously greedy labs (Picture: SWNS)
Bella gave birth to a total of four black boys, four black girls, three yellow boys and three yellow girls. The puppies’ dad, Scooby, is a Kennel Club-registered yellow labrador. All the pups were fit and healthy and they are Bella’s fourth and final litter – making it ‘certainly one to remember,’ said Hazel. It is believed to be the biggest ever litter recorded in England, though a 15-strong litter was recorded in Scotland in 2014. Last year it was reported that a labrador from Kent gave birth to the ‘largest litter in Britain’ with 13 puppies but Bella has broken that record with an extra pup.

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All of the puppies have already been snapped up and will be sent to new homes from June 13 after they have been weaned.

A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
‘We know, we’re adorable’ (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
The litter was made up of four black boys, four black girls, three yellow boys and three yellow girls (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
‘Did somebody say food?’ (Picture: SWNS)
Proud mum Bella, who gave birth to 14 puppies. A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed. Proud mum Bella delivered an amazing number of puppies at last month leaving owner Hazel Hedges lost for words. Hazel, 31, and a registered dog breeder, had expected black labrador Bella to produce a litter of around six to eight puppies.
Proud mum Bella endured a seven-hour labour (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
The owners have a lot on their plate feeding 14 hungry labs (Picture: SWNS)
Hazel said: ‘Bella was scanned when she became pregnant but the numbers are never right and we certainly were not expecting 14!

‘I just could not believe it when they just kept coming. I had to wake my partner up to help me clean the pups because they were coming so fast.

‘She’s been a brilliant mum but now I think it is time for her to have a rest.’

Hazel and her partner James, 34, have been breeding labradors for five years. ‘I think this is one of the biggest labrador litters in history and probably the biggest ever in England,’ added Hazel.
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
‘I’m the cutest’ (Picture: SWNS)
Proud mum Bella, who gave birth to 14 puppies. See SWNS copy SWCAlitter: A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed. Proud mum Bella delivered an amazing number of puppies at last month leaving owner Hazel Hedges lost for words. Hazel, 31, and a registered dog breeder, had expected black labrador Bella to produce a litter of around six to eight puppies.
The litter was Bella the lab’s last (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
Someone is still hungry (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old labrador has given birth to a staggering 14 puppies - believed to be one of the biggest ever litters for its breed.
The perfect pups love a photoshoot (Picture: SWNS)

‘It was Bella’s last litter and she has certainly made it one to remember.

‘Normally I would have expected her to deliver a litter of around six or eight puppies.

This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.

‘She always has all blacks with just one yellow, but she gave birth to a mixture of blacks and yellow this was a surprise.’

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