Meet the unlikely couple which produced rare cross-bred Wotties

Meet the unlikely couple which produced rare cross-bred Wotties

Two of the puppies nicknamed 'Wotties'.

Meet the unlikely couple which produced rare cross-bred Wotties

Meet the unlikely couple which produced rare cross-bred Wotties

Two of the puppies nicknamed 'Wotties'.

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MEET the one-year-old Westie who has become a big daddy after mating with a fully-grown Rottweiler to create a new cross-breed.

The surprise union between Joey, the West Highland Terrier, and canine giant Zara has produced 11 cross-bred puppies – dubbed “Wotties” – in what is thought to be one of the first cases.

Their owner Teresa Patterson was stunned to find the odd couple had mated within weeks of Joey moving in, and was unaware of their antics until the birth. Joey doted on each new puppy while four-year-old Zara initially did not seem interested in the puppies.

Four Wotties did not survive and Teresa, from North Grimston, contacted the Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue in Scarborough for help to rehome the remaining seven. The charity appealed for new homes for the three girls and four boys after putting a post on its Facebook page headed ‘accidents can happen’.

Teresa’s sons Jonathan and Matthew have taken a puppy each and the remaining five have been rehomed.

Teresa, 50, an admin clerk, said: “We didn’t think it would have been possible. Zara didn’t know what to do and I just started screaming when the puppies started popping out. Then Joey did everything else.

“Zara wasn’t interested, but Joey would clean them up and not let anyone else near them.

“I was completely shocked. I didn’t think nature would let this happen but at some point it did. The puppies have a lovely temperament like their parents. They are high maintenance as they want attention all the time. But this won’t happen again – Joey will be going to the vets soon.”

Zara could not cope with feeding all seven and within three weeks the hungry brood was being fed Weetabix and scrambled egg by Teresa with Horlicks to help them sleep. One of the new owners is Victoria Lowe, from Scarborough, who took one of the “Wotties” when it was ten weeks old and named her Lola.

Victoria said: “It is all a bit of a mystery as to how big she will grow. She is so full of character and gets up to all kinds of mischief.”

The Kennel Club annually registers about 250,000 puppies across 212 breeds – with the organisation surprised about Zara and Joey’s offspring.

They said: “We can never say it has never happened, but this is the first time we’ve come across it.”

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4:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

SimonHall says...

Video or it never happened.
Video or it never happened. SimonHall
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

The OX says...

Some ppl will do out to make cash, not knowing how the dogs health will turn out
Some ppl will do out to make cash, not knowing how the dogs health will turn out The OX
  • Score: -10

4:57pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yawn.. says...

lol.. really.. that's one plucky westy.!

Westies are supposed to be among the worlds most untrainable dogs... really cant imagine a fruit loop of a dog the size of a Rotty. It's almost like someone's gone nuts with Photoshop.
lol.. really.. that's one plucky westy.! Westies are supposed to be among the worlds most untrainable dogs... really cant imagine a fruit loop of a dog the size of a Rotty. It's almost like someone's gone nuts with Photoshop. yawn..
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ageing Hippy says...

More designer Mongrels, get yourself down to the RSPCA, there are kennels full of "rare" crossbreeds looking for a home!
Whatever next, Mugs paying £500 + for a Labrador/Poodle mix? Oh, wait......
More designer Mongrels, get yourself down to the RSPCA, there are kennels full of "rare" crossbreeds looking for a home! Whatever next, Mugs paying £500 + for a Labrador/Poodle mix? Oh, wait...... Ageing Hippy
  • Score: 18

5:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yo dont need know says...

we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first yo dont need know
  • Score: 16

5:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

The OX says...

yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !!
[quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !! The OX
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yo dont need know says...

The OX wrote:
yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !!
them never acturary went in the over filled rescue centres we kept them all at home until suitable home was found through the yorkshire coast dog rescue.
[quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !![/p][/quote]them never acturary went in the over filled rescue centres we kept them all at home until suitable home was found through the yorkshire coast dog rescue. yo dont need know
  • Score: 4

6:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

YorkCityLuke says...

yo dont need know wrote:
The OX wrote:
yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !!
them never acturary went in the over filled rescue centres we kept them all at home until suitable home was found through the yorkshire coast dog rescue.
Well argued. Don't expect an apology though, this site attracts grade A cretins at an alarming rate.
[quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !![/p][/quote]them never acturary went in the over filled rescue centres we kept them all at home until suitable home was found through the yorkshire coast dog rescue.[/p][/quote]Well argued. Don't expect an apology though, this site attracts grade A cretins at an alarming rate. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 9

6:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yo dont need know says...

The OX wrote:
yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !!
and also we never made a penny from this evor let the haters hate thats al thank you
[quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !![/p][/quote]and also we never made a penny from this evor let the haters hate thats al thank you yo dont need know
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Geoffers says...

Lovely looking pups!
Lovely looking pups! Geoffers
  • Score: 5

7:22pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

The press should not have made a big deal of this, I suppose the owners will now be trying to breed to order now they have some publicity or have they had the dogs spayed etc ???? Well have they?
The press should not have made a big deal of this, I suppose the owners will now be trying to breed to order now they have some publicity or have they had the dogs spayed etc ???? Well have they? Teabag1
  • Score: -3

7:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yo dont need know says...

Teabag1 wrote:
The press should not have made a big deal of this, I suppose the owners will now be trying to breed to order now they have some publicity or have they had the dogs spayed etc ???? Well have they?
well you suppose wrong dont you. if you realy need to know them have thank you for your concern. have you had a vastectomy or your tubes tied so we have no more small mined people in the world like your self.
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: The press should not have made a big deal of this, I suppose the owners will now be trying to breed to order now they have some publicity or have they had the dogs spayed etc ???? Well have they?[/p][/quote]well you suppose wrong dont you. if you realy need to know them have thank you for your concern. have you had a vastectomy or your tubes tied so we have no more small mined people in the world like your self. yo dont need know
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Pinza-C55 says...

Wow there are some sad comments on here. It's just nature in action, get over it.
Wow there are some sad comments on here. It's just nature in action, get over it. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 6

8:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

piemagico says...

Brings back memories of Peter Andre and Jordan
Brings back memories of Peter Andre and Jordan piemagico
  • Score: 11

9:46pm Wed 4 Dec 13

spookywitch says...

yo dont need know wrote:
The OX wrote:
yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !!
and also we never made a penny from this evor let the haters hate thats al thank you
I know these people. They are genuine and kind, especially to animals. This was a genuine accident.
Regarding doing it for money,,,are you kidding..It costs a lot to keep one dog, never mind this many!!!
[quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]So you helped add to the over filled rescue centres well done, Hope you have had them done so it stops it happening again !![/p][/quote]and also we never made a penny from this evor let the haters hate thats al thank you[/p][/quote]I know these people. They are genuine and kind, especially to animals. This was a genuine accident. Regarding doing it for money,,,are you kidding..It costs a lot to keep one dog, never mind this many!!! spookywitch
  • Score: 5

9:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

spookywitch says...

piemagico wrote:
Brings back memories of Peter Andre and Jordan
Nice one....yea...these doggies a little bonnier though...do you not think lol
[quote][p][bold]piemagico[/bold] wrote: Brings back memories of Peter Andre and Jordan[/p][/quote]Nice one....yea...these doggies a little bonnier though...do you not think lol spookywitch
  • Score: 0

9:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

spookywitch says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Wow there are some sad comments on here. It's just nature in action, get over it.
here here, sad comments and even sadder grammar..
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Wow there are some sad comments on here. It's just nature in action, get over it.[/p][/quote]here here, sad comments and even sadder grammar.. spookywitch
  • Score: -1

10:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Kelvar says...

Aw! They look little cuties! Wonder how big they will grow! Maybe the 'Press' could update us in about 6 months or so, to let us know how they are doing!
Aw! They look little cuties! Wonder how big they will grow! Maybe the 'Press' could update us in about 6 months or so, to let us know how they are doing! Kelvar
  • Score: 2

12:00am Thu 5 Dec 13

expubcrawler says...

This is not a hate message.
Both dogs and the cute puppies are adorable - Congratulations and good on you for finding them homes.

But I have to say it is the responsibility of pet owners to spay and neuter their pets before "accidents happen".

That is all.
This is not a hate message. Both dogs and the cute puppies are adorable - Congratulations and good on you for finding them homes. But I have to say it is the responsibility of pet owners to spay and neuter their pets before "accidents happen". That is all. expubcrawler
  • Score: 7

7:39am Thu 5 Dec 13

VINNIE J says...

yo dont need know wrote:
we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first
Don't rise to the bait, it only encourages s them!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]yo dont need know[/bold] wrote: we never made a penny of the dogs them went to the yorkshire coast dog rescue so before you say we done it for money read all the artice first[/p][/quote]Don't rise to the bait, it only encourages s them!!!!!!!!! VINNIE J
  • Score: 0

7:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

TICKLETREVOR says...

Accidents will happen, but cross breeding dogs on any level is very wrong!
Accidents will happen, but cross breeding dogs on any level is very wrong! TICKLETREVOR
  • Score: 1

8:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

chickpea says...

glad to hear the pups have been rehomed and that the owners are having at least one of the dogs neutered, although it should be both. How on earth did they not realise their rotty was about to give birth though? There are plenty of signs that a dog is pregnant. Accidents do happen but it's the irresponsible people who deliberately breed their dogs with another who I am more judgemental towards. I've lost count of the number of times complete strangers have stopped me to ask if I would let their **** mate with my boxer dog. Fortunately I had him done at 7 months. Will be interesting to see what size these pups reach. My friend adopted a ''staffy / lab cross'' puppy from the rspca which actually turned out to be a mastiff cross and is a huge big gentle giant.
glad to hear the pups have been rehomed and that the owners are having at least one of the dogs neutered, although it should be both. How on earth did they not realise their rotty was about to give birth though? There are plenty of signs that a dog is pregnant. Accidents do happen but it's the irresponsible people who deliberately breed their dogs with another who I am more judgemental towards. I've lost count of the number of times complete strangers have stopped me to ask if I would let their **** mate with my boxer dog. Fortunately I had him done at 7 months. Will be interesting to see what size these pups reach. My friend adopted a ''staffy / lab cross'' puppy from the rspca which actually turned out to be a mastiff cross and is a huge big gentle giant. chickpea
  • Score: 6

11:32am Thu 5 Dec 13

xfreespiritx says...

You guys have gone viral .. a friend from the US posted this on another US friends FB page !! Hoping they have long and happy lives xx
You guys have gone viral .. a friend from the US posted this on another US friends FB page !! Hoping they have long and happy lives xx xfreespiritx
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

MrsHoney says...

TICKLETREVOR wrote:
Accidents will happen, but cross breeding dogs on any level is very wrong!
I would imagine they didn't think for a moment their dogs would breed, given the size difference!! The Westie must've needed scaffolding to get up there! Have to say I'd be a bit worried, terriers have a habit of being ankle biters, imagine that with some Rottweiler mixed in, ouch!!! ;-) They do look beautiful pups though.
[quote][p][bold]TICKLETREVOR[/bold] wrote: Accidents will happen, but cross breeding dogs on any level is very wrong![/p][/quote]I would imagine they didn't think for a moment their dogs would breed, given the size difference!! The Westie must've needed scaffolding to get up there! Have to say I'd be a bit worried, terriers have a habit of being ankle biters, imagine that with some Rottweiler mixed in, ouch!!! ;-) They do look beautiful pups though. MrsHoney
  • Score: 1

12:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Shouter says...

He must have used a stepladder!
He must have used a stepladder! Shouter
  • Score: 1

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