Meet Jack – the adorable cocker spaniel born with TWO noses
How does he smell? Brilliantly! Jack the cocker spaniel is born with TWO noses
- Jack the cocker spaniel has ‘two noses’ after being born with canine cleft-palate
- The dog, 4, has won over walkers in Herefordshire with his ‘heart-shaped’ snout
- Owners Chrissie and Colin George say he is the perfect pet and others should not be put off cleft palate pets because they can still sniff out treats perfectly
Curly-haired cocker spaniel Jack is not only adorable – he is also pretty unique – after being born with two noses.
A case of canine cleft-palate has been discovered in the four-year-old dog who was left with a ‘heart-shaped’ snout.
The dog’s endearing double features were the first thing his owners Chrissie George, 32, and Colin George, 56, noticed when they went to pick him up as a 13-week-old puppy.
Jack, who lives in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, gets a lot of attention for his noses – which people say look like a chocolate heart.
Jack the cocker spaniel has had two noses since he was born with canine cleft-palate. However, his owners from Hertfordshire say they adore his unique features
Curly-haired cocker spaniel Jack, four, gets plenty of attention while out walking, his owners say
Chrissie, a deputy head housekeeper, said: ‘My brother’s dog had just had a litter of puppies and Jack was the last one left.
‘When we went to see him the first thing I said was ‘wow he’s got two noses’. They are so cute, bless him.
‘I never knew Jack’s condition even existed until I saw him – it is very rare. When we took him to the vets even they were shocked by how different he looked.
‘Because it’s a form of cleft palate they did some checks to make sure his mouth was all formed properly and it is which was great.
Colin George, 56, and his wife Chrissie George, 32, decided to take the two-nosed puppy and believe he may have been overlooked because of his double feature
Jack’s nose gets plenty of attention from strangers who say it ‘looks like a chocolate heart’ according to his owners
Jack may look gloomy in this picture but he is a perfectly happy pet according to his owners
‘He does get a lot of attention from people and the first reaction everyone has is to talk about his noses. Lots of people have told us they look like a heart.
‘Even at our dog groomers, everyone knows Jack as the dog with two noses.
‘We love that there is something a bit different about him. It’s a characteristic so unique to him – I don’t think he would suit a normal nose.
‘He doesn’t have any issues because of it, in fact, he’s got a perfect sense of smell. We’re always testing him, hiding his treats and getting him to sniff them out.’
Studies have shown that the cleft palate is most often caused by a genetic malformation
Jack’s duo of noses which are almost a perfect mirror image of each other, are caused by a birth defect also known as a split nose.
Chrissie and Colin had always wanted to get a dog so when they heard about the litter of pups just after moving into their first home the timing was perfect.
The couple fell in love with Jack’s noses from the moment they laid eyes on him and Chrissie urges any other potential pet owners not to be put off from giving cleft palate pups a home.
Chrissie said: ‘I don’t know if Jack was the last puppy left because of his nose but people can be put off by birth defects like Jack’s.
‘I would really encourage more people to take home dogs with cleft palates. At the end of the day it’s not their fault and it doesn’t change who they are, it’s all just superficial.
Jack never fails to sniff out treats according to his owners in Herefordshire. He was the last puppy left in his litter
Jack’s unique nose causes him no problems and he is still able to sniff out treats, his owners say
‘We would not change Jack for the world. He is a lovely dog and his two noses just make him even cuter.
‘They are a really energetic breed and he is still young so everything is exciting and an adventure. He definitely keeps us on our toes.
‘He is such a good boy and he is spoiled rotten.’
It is not known how canine cleft-palate is caused but studies suggest it is most often caused by a genetic malformation.
It is also believed that the lip or nose may be formed in an abnormal way due to nutritional deficiencies, drugs, viruses or poisons to which the mother may have been exposed when pregnant.
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