Jess's first litter - and she didn't fail to surprise us. Born 6 days earlier than expected it certainly caught us on the hop and as we are running around like headless chickens making sure everything was in place Jess calmly lay there and gave birth to 10 beautiful, healthy pups, in fact the phrase 'like shelling peas' came to mind. There were 5 boys and 5 girls, of which 5 were sables and 5 were black and tans, and 4 turned out to be long coats. This was a total surprise as we never knew there was a long coat gene in the lines. As we expected, Jess was a fantastic mum.