A TINY West Highland terrier has created a new cross-breed after mating with a fully-grown rottweiler twice his size.
The pint-sized Westie, Joey, hooked up with rottweiler Zara weeks after moving in with his new family in North Yorkshire.
And in what is thought to be one of the first-ever cases, Zara gave birth to 11 cross-bred puppies – dubbed Wotties.
Teresa Patterson, who owns both dogs, was left stunned to find the odd couple had mated and was completely unaware of their antics until the birth.
One-year-old Joey played the role of a perfect father, taking each puppy away from four-year-old Zara and looking after his newborns. Zara did not seem interested in the puppies at first and left all the work to him.
Four of the new arrivals did not survive but the remaining seven have been found new homes with Ms Patterson’s sons Jonathan and Matthew and through Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue in Scarborough.
Ms Patterson, of North Grimston, near Malton, said: “We got Joey in May and it must have happened straight away but 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.
“She delivered them on July 11 and 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 she added: “This won’t happen again – Joey will be going to the vets soon.”