Too much direct sunlight could kill this adorable abandoned albino puppy due to a rare form of canine albinism that means he cannot stay in the harsh sun for prolonged periods of time, or he’ll get severely burnt.
Sherlock the Schnauzer has to limit his time in the Australian sun as he is at risk of developing fatal skin cancer.
Hhe needs to slather on special doggy sunscreen and wear sunglasses every time he goes outside.
The rare genetic condition causes a lack of melanin in the skin, which means that Sherlock was born with pure white fur and electric blue eyes despite his mum being a black schnauzer.
Albinism in pooches can cause vision and hearing problems but apart from his unusual appearance, Sherlock has no lasting symptoms.
Sadly, Sherlock, who’s 10 months old, was abandoned by his previous owners when he was a newborn. He was placed in temporary care with dog-lover Netta McKay, who has been an animal foster mum for the past 10 years.(PIC FROM Netta McKay/Fiona MacDonald/Caters News)
Sherlock’s now become an official member of the McKay family – as Netta completely fell in love with him and decided to permanently adopt him.
Netta, who used to work in the tax department, said that she and her business owner husband Peter, 56, knew that Sherlock would fit in perfectly with their family because they knew how to look after an albino dog properly
Netta says: ‘I had absolutely no intention of keeping Sherlock.
‘I foster lots of different dogs and I always do the right thing and send them off to their new home.
‘But I just fell in love with him instantly, there was something about him. I didn’t know what to expect but I just knew he belonged to our family.’
Sherlock, who’s described as a ‘relaxed and chilled-out dog’ with the ‘funniest little personality’, has become quite the social media star on both Facebook and Instagram due to his need to wear doggy sunglasses.
The doggles are also a total hit with the ladies – with Netta saying her husband isn’t even allowed to walk him on his own due to Sherlock being a ‘real chick magnet’.(PIC FROM Netta McKay/Fiona MacDonald/Caters News)
Sherlock has even landed himself a modelling contract – and is signed to Melbourne pet talent agency Animal Magic, in the hope of becoming an even more famous face in the future.
Despite his popularity, Netta says albino dogs aren’t for everyone, as they require a lot of care – and the right care at that.
To help accommodate Sherlock, she keeps him in her very shaded courtyard when outside so that he can play and keep active with her other two dogs.
Netta says: ‘He can’t just have free access to go outside where he could sit and sunbake or he would get really burnt.
‘They get sunburnt so easily and are more likely to get skin cancer, which could be fatal. We have to be really careful. You could never take him out in the boiling midday sun.
‘We can only go for walks outside in the late afternoon when the sun is nearly set or when it’s really overcast.’(PIC FROM Netta McKay/Fiona MacDonald/Caters News)
She adds: ‘We still need to lather him with sunscreen and put on his sunglasses because the sun really hurts his eyes and he will constantly be squinting.’More: Dogs
Though Netta admits Sherlock does need a little more care than other pups, she says he’s a totally happy and healthy dog.
‘I’ve heard that some albino dogs can have so many health issues like being blind and deaf,’ she explained.
‘We’re just so lucky that he’s happy and healthy. We love him so much.’
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