Bumper litter of labradors

W19581H12 WH 14 PUPPIES PIC S.G. 04.05.2012''Sandra Roots Dog has had 14 puppies W19581h12
W19581H12 WH 14 PUPPIES PIC S.G. 04.05.2012''Sandra Roots Dog has had 14 puppies W19581h12

A TYPICAL litter of Labradors is said to be between six and eight.

So when these 14 puppies came into the world six weeks ago, in March, 2012, owner Sandra Roots, of Kings Road, Lancing, was shocked.

Sandra’s six-year-old pet, Bramble, gave birth to what was the animal’s first litter six weeks ago, and, since then, the cute little puppies have been putting Sandra and her family through their paces.

The little animals have now moved on to puppy food, eating three sacks of biscuits and 28 tins of food a week between them, as well as 24 Weetabix a day.

Sandra, 42, said: “About half way through I thought they’d stop, but they kept coming. I thought ‘oh my God, she doesn’t have that many teets, I’m going to have to help her’. So I had to help her a little bit to begin with.”

When the puppies are eight weeks old Sandra will have to sell them, but she has decided to keep one and now has the difficult decision about which to pick.

Sandra added: “They’re beautiful and if we had a bigger house I’d love to keep them all, but I have to pick one.”

Sandra said she had changed her mind several times about which to pick, but the dog she was planning to keep, Clover, would have big shoes to fill as a gun dog.

Bramble is currently a gun dog for Sandra, who owns Riverside Equestrian Centre, in Old Salts Farm Road, and Bramble’s grandfather, Diesel, also held the role before being retired.

“It was very difficult to pick,” she added.