A dwarf dog named Enzo has melted hearts all over the internet after a video of all his cutest poses went viral on social media.
The video, shared on TikTok in December by the dog’s owner under the username karat333xx, shows a compilation of images of the dwarf Labrador striking various poses.
The viral post has a caption that reads: “When you (unknowingly) get a lab with dwarfism.” Another says: “Enzo benzo, the best boy ever. Little legs don’t stop the king.”
According to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, there are different types of dwarfism that can affect a dog’s normal growth, size, quality of life, and life expectancy. However, the most common version of dwarfism in canines is achondroplasia, a condition that is also seen in humans.
“Achondroplasia in humans is caused by genes encoding growth factor receptors in a type of cell known as a fibroblast,” the pet website reads. “Although we don’t know the exact genetic location in dogs, a similar inherited mutation results in the disproportionately short limbs we see in certain breeds of dogs, such as dachshunds and corgis.”
Dogs with achondroplasia tend to have a larger than normal head; lower jaw; shorter nose; crooked teeth; enlarged joints; corkscrew tails; and arched limbs.
Some dogs with dwarfism may also have more serious health problems associated with the disease. These include spina bifida, spinal deviations, hemivertebrae, brachycephalic syndrome, angular/rotational limb deformities, and intervertebral disc disease, among others.
The TikTok video quickly attracted animal lovers across the platform, receiving more than 559,700 views and 73,500 views so far.
One user, Em Woodward, commented: “So adorable, he has the same face as mine. So fucking cute.”
TikTok user grace wrote: “OMG I have a yellow lab with dwarfism too! First time seeing anyone else with one.” Kim44l_ posted: “Yes it’s true, I’m obsessed with him.”
Miaxharriet wrote: “I didn’t know dogs could get dwarfism and it’s so cute.” Rachel added: “Enzo is an icon.”
Another TikTok user, a creature of daytime irltism, commented: “There was a lab dwarf that was adopted by a basset hound rescuer because he wasn’t accepted by the other labs, but the basset hounds loved him!”
Major Savage posted: “Join us brother, we dwarves will rule the world together.”
Added Midge: “We have a lab x dachshund and he looks identical! Are you sure it’s dwarfism and not just crossed with a dachshund or something?”
news week reached out to karat333xx for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.
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