Enzo is much like any other Golden Retriever pup – friendly, goofy, cuddly – but a rare genetic mutation makes him stand out from the crowd.
Enzo was born with a disorder called pigmented somatic cell mutation which has given him a large black splotch (his ‘lil freckle’ as his family calls it) over the side of his face. Luckily for Enzo, the condition is not dangerous or harmful, it simply affects the pattern of his coat.
Golden Retrievers are born with a base black coat, and a ‘modifier gene’ is what turns them golden. Enzo is missing that particular gene in his DNA, and that’s the reason why part of his face is black.
The ‘birthmark’ gives Enzo a unique look, and he’s rocking it. He’s quickly becoming a success on Instagram, under the handle mister.enzoviola, and we can see why. Who could possibly resist that adorable face?
Check out the pictures down below and watch how Enzo proves that it’s our imperfections that make us perfect.