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Two-Nosed Dog Seeks Forever Home

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell    February 19, 2014 at 04:43PM / (29) comments

If the size of a snout could help a dog sniff out a forever home, Snuffles, a five-month-old Belgian Malinois in Scotland, would have found a loving family already. 


Unfortunately for Snuffles, it may be his nose that is keeping him from finding that forever home. Snuffles has a split nose caused by a birth defect, giving him the appearance of having two noses.  


He’s been at The Dogs Trust Glasgow for the last month and had four homes prior to coming to the center via animal control. 


Rescue workers feel his appearance has turned off potential adopters and they’ve been trying to get the word out via social media. Snuffles’s photo went viral, but he still doesn’t have a home.  


“We take in hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes but I have never seen anything quite like Snuffles, he may even be quite unique,” rehoming manager Sandra Lawton told Pet360 through a written statement. “It is such a shame to think that this sweet natured lad may not find the loving home he deserves just because he may not be considered a pretty pooch. He is an affectionate, fun-loving boy who adores his carers.”


Belgian Malinois are bred in the U.K. and throughout Europe as military and police dogs for people throughout the world, including the United States. However, Carlie Horsley, communications assistant for The Dogs Trust Glasgow, told Pet360 that there’s no evidence that Snuffles was turned over by a breeder because of his looks.


The rescue thinks Snuffles is a special case. “In ten years as a veterinary nurse, this is the first time I have come across a dog with this condition,” says Mary Ward, VN. “His nose has split in the middle which gives him the appearance of having an extra nose. Fortunately his nose does not cause him any problems or enhance his sense of smell, and despite having the appearance of having two noses he is a happy, healthy dog in every way and will make a fantastic pet in the right home."


Snuffles's profile says he is happy and energetic and needs to be in a quiet, one-dog home where the family can give him lots of attention and continue his training.


Editor’s Note: Photo of Snuffles from The Dog Trust Glasgow website.


Would you adopt such a unique looking dog?


Article originally appeared on Pet360.com


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  • What a sweetie ...
    02/21/2014 06:40pm

    I have no idea why no one would love to have this pooch - I know I would. We're in the US, and have six cats. If that would fit the scenario for the best home for this beautiful dog, I'll take him.
    Best of luck, Snuffles. Someone'll give you a great home.

  • 04/11/2014 06:17pm

    Anyone have an update on Snuffles?

  • Snuffle's a Keeper!
    02/21/2014 07:42pm

    I lift the glass and offer this toast to the gallant pooch! May you find the worthy person to adopt you, my dear Snuffles! You're a special pooch! You deserve a special person to take good care of you! You are worthy of only the best of care! I pray for all dogs, with or without name. And I will add your lovely name to my prayers!

  • He can be our puppy!
    02/25/2014 10:48am

    Hey Snuffles if you can get a ride to Florida and live with my Saint Bernard you would have a forever home and get to sleep on our bed of course with you and Sasha Bear our saint I guess my wife would need to find other sleeping arrangements....:) Good luck handsome man and remember you have a home in Tampa if we could get you here!

  • He is unique !
    02/25/2014 12:09pm

    Because of his uniqueness he probably has a wonderful soul and wisdom.
    I am surprised and ashamed of anyone who would not relish this sweet dog.
    I have 3 pugs. Each are very different in their own way.
    So What?
    As long as they are happy, that is my only concern.
    And I suspect that they feel the very same way.
    Hang in there ,boy.
    Someone special is out there for you.
    I find your distinctness beautiful! So many breeds have unique characteristics! Some don't look like dogs at all!
    So What is the problem with this wonderful guy?
    Get over it. We are all unique . Embrace it.
    Take wonder and joy in it.
    Someone make this wonderful boy your own .
    I can tell he will be a wonderful dog.

  • Good dog needs a good hom
    02/25/2014 12:09pm

    I can not understand how anyone would not overlook this minor defect. He is still a great dog with lots of love. Someone needs to give this great boy a chance!

  • Of course I would!
    02/25/2014 12:23pm

    I would adopt this dog in a second, but we unfortunately already have two small dogs at my house. I wish you loads of luck in finding a home Snuffles! What a great name! Hugs and kisses!

  • I didn't see 2 noses!
    02/25/2014 12:35pm

    When I first saw the article, it said puupy with 2 noses. Well, with my glasses on, I looked for 2 noses & realized he had 1 nose kind of split down the middle. Otherwise, I thought he was just an adorable puppy that looked like a German Shepherd. Who in my opinion, are wonderful dogs. Reading the article I learned about his medical condition & breed. Living in the States in a small apt. with 2 young obnoxious male indoor cats(sorry guys!), this would not be the place for this puppy. I so hope that someone can find it in their heart to adopt this baby, please update!

  • Would love 2 have him
    02/25/2014 12:35pm

    I would LOVE to have this dog, I live in the US but if there's a way of getting him to me he'd have a furever home,
    We bought a fish because it only had one eye and no one wanted it, last week we went to get a bird we picked the one with a messed up tail in fear no one else would want it, I believe their imperfections make them perfect.
    Is there anyway possible for us to get this precious doggy???

  • Train, Spoil, Love
    02/25/2014 01:21pm

    Snuffles is a terrific dog! We have chickens and ducks and have been looking for a dog to help protect them. We would love to train, spoil and love him for as long as he would bless the earth. The only problem is we live on 3 acres in Washington State, not in Scotland.

  • adoption
    02/25/2014 01:43pm

    Hi I just finished reading the story about the two nose dog. I live in Port St. Lucie Florida and would love to adopt him. But unfortunately I can not afford to have him shipped. If there is anyway you can take care of that for me I would be so grateful. I would love him unconditionally and give him the best home.

    Thank You!

    Michael Rodriguez

  • Love him already!
    02/25/2014 02:05pm

    Has this adorable puppy found a forever home yet? Breaks my heart :(

  • I love him already!
    02/25/2014 02:07pm

    Has this adorable puppy found a forever home yet? Breaks my heart :(

  • Some People Suck!
    02/25/2014 03:45pm

    People want everyone to accept their imperfections, but they wont accept others. Why is this? Well, its because some people suck!

    To deny an animal love because of what it looks like is shameful to say the least. Would you turn away your own child because it was imperfect? People do. Why is this? Well, because some people suck!

    I wish I lived in Scotland, because I would march right up to that place and rescue that gorgeous dog right this very minute! Why is this? Because I DONT SUCK!

    I have animals and I've lost animals but I give/gave them the best life I could possibly do. I love them every single day..
    They deserve love don't they?

    You want love too don't you?
    Please go get that dog and love him "UNCONDITIONALLY"
    because animals love us no matter what...

  • What else is wrong?
    02/25/2014 04:41pm

    If this pup has been through four homes already and is only five months old, I'd guess something else is going on here besides a split nose. While it looks weird, oddly enough defects like that tend to attract puppy purchasers rather than turn them off. People like the idea of having something nobody else has. So, considering the pup is purebred and the only one on the block looks-wise, what is it that had the previous four owners happy to dump him on the next sucker to come along?

  • 02/25/2014 06:22pm

    This had occurred to me as well. They specify that no other dogs, children under 14, preferably someone that is home most of the time etc., indicates to me that the dog has issues. However, it just indicates the need for someone who is willing to take in an animal with issues. I took in 2 such cats over 3 years ago, it has been challenging. To say the least. I would never ever consider giving them up, I can't understand those who 'adopt & return'. It just shows disrespect for all animals in my opinion. Suckers? I think not.

  • I Love Dogs!
    02/25/2014 07:53pm

    I just lost my best friend. LadyDee was a white Boxer. She was 10 years old. She had 2 strokes and 2 seizures that I am aware of and had a heart attack at the vet office as she lay in my arms. I had the vet euthanize her. A friend let me bury her in her yard so I can visit her.
    I have always adopted runts of the litter or from animal shelters. I would love to adopt Snuffles! I am retired and work at the flea market so of course I would bring Snuffles with me there. I would love to adopt Snuffles!

  • 02/26/2014 01:12pm

    Hi, first, I am so sorry for your loss, of course I think we have all been there & know how painful it is. If you seriously can travel to Scotland, here is Snuffles' page on Dogs Trust website: [url]http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/dog/1113541/snuffles#.Uw4q3IXf9EI[/url]
    If Snuffles for any reason doesn't work out for you, you know your next special friend is out there, just waiting for your love. Best to you, please keep updated, & hugs from me & purrs from my Sid & Gus. Liz

  • 02/26/2014 02:13pm

    Thanks! I will probably adopt from a Boxer rescue in my area when I am ready.

  • He has a heart of gold!
    02/27/2014 07:23pm

    Dear Snuffles, I'm sure you have a heart of gold. I just don't understand why no one would take you & make you their own. You're so beautiful! Unfortunately, where I live in the USA, my apartment complex won't allow dogs over 25 lbs. If it wasn't for that & the fact that I already adopted a 25 lb Dachshund/Beagle mix; I'd take you in a heart beat! I pray someone opens their heart & home to you!

  • betsymessina
    02/28/2014 03:00am

    I would so adopt snuffles if i were in scotland. i wish i had the money to bring snuffles here to the US. He is a beautiful pup. he probably has the best soul ever.

  • Let's be truthful!
    03/06/2014 11:59am

    I work in the airline industry. If anyone is seriously interested in this beautiful dog, I will fly to Scotland to pick him up for you. I will cover all costs, however, I would need 3 references from neighbors and , or, friends about you and your family. Why? I volunteer at a shelter and encounter people that say they are animal lovers and cringe at what they say about some of the animals they have had before and how they interacted with them. I have 4 dogs that I would give my life for. My husband and my life revolve around them. When we decided to adopt them it was a well thought out process. We knew we would have to be the best guardians possible, for they can not speak for themselves. We knew that it would require money, time and interaction to keep them healthy, happy and safe.

    So. if you are true and serious, leave me a note on this site and we will be in contact.

  • 03/12/2014 04:37pm

    do you know what the stat. is on this boy ? does he have a home yet? please read our story, it's heart breaking my life will never be the same,
    I have cried every day for 2 years and I miss my boy more then I can't explain or even understand, he was my whole life, my smiles, my laughter, and my happiness, and now that he is gone I'm lost. I would love to have this baby although I probably won't fit what you think is best for him cause I lost everything, everything but knowing how to love, treat, and place my BF's safety first, to protect. ***RIP*** My World, I LOVE YOU HEY YOU. Please read our story https://www.facebook.com/ShameonyouMCACC?ref=hl

  • 03/13/2014 11:13am

    Bravo to you 4dogmama, how very nice of you to make such an offer. If I did not have my 9 1/4 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback, I would take Snuffles into my home & bed right now.. My gal,"Flame" has some tumors and may not be with me long,but for now she seems comfortable mostly and still always looking for more food! Safe Flying

  • Adorable!
    03/13/2014 08:09am

    I think the big nose is cute! If I lived in the UK, I would take him in a heartbeat!

  • He looks fine to me..
    03/21/2014 09:01pm

    as a person who has some disabilities,ive come to learn through the yrs,
    people can be so cruel.but to me hes a an absolute darling.
    as i live in australia, i know i cant adopt this beautiful boy...ive had girls but mostly boys in my life and all have been the loves of my life.i have to say too they get extremely spoiled...lol
    i Love all animals,but doggies are at the top of my list.as i am,my babies have always loved me no matter what.its a shame people cant be the same.
    i Pray he finds a very loving home asap...
    Wishing you all the luck for the future Snuffles,God Bless you..xxxxxxx

  • double-nosed breeds
    04/04/2014 03:28pm

    Beautiful boy! He should go to a caring, protective, life-long family SOON! Just yesterday I saw an article on Yahoo about rare, unusual breeds that are slowly gaining recognition here in the USA. Two of them, the Andean Tiger Hound and the Turkish Pointer, also known as the 'Catalburun,' are well known - albeit in their countries of origin - for their double-noses. They are otherwise healthy and whole, unless the nose is accompanied by a cleft pallet or hare lip, which is very rare for a breed with a true double-nose. Cleft pallet's and hair lips can occur in any breed, but kinda rare. Plus, the appearance of a double-nose is just that - it appears to be two noses, but is really only two nostrils, otherwise considered normal, divided by a little strip of hairy skin down the middle of their leathery snout. Good luck, Beautiful Boy! You will find your forever-home soon. XOXOX

  • He beautiful...
    04/11/2014 09:17am

    It my seems uncommon for his breed or just about any breed to have a split nose but there is actually a breed of dog that does have this unique nose. The Catalburun is the pointer family of dog breeds. The breed is mainly found in Turkey and they have split noses. They think the split nose was originally caused due to inbreeding but now it is a part of the breeds characteristics. Even though Snuffles breed is not suppose to have a split nose does not mean that it is some weird thing. He is beautiful just the way he is. It is his own way of standing out and being different from the other dogs of his breed.

  • 04/11/2014 06:12pm

    Thanks for the info - never knew this!

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