Two-Nosed Dog Seeks Forever Home

PetMD Editorial
Updated: January 30, 2018
Published: February 19, 2014
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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.