An adorably podgy pug born with excessive fat rolls is defying the odds by living his best life.
Eight-year-old Theo from Oslo, Norway,suffers from multiple conditions due to inbreeding, including neurological issues and excessive rolls which make him look extra chubby.
He still leads a very happy life, but has to take one painkiller in the morning and needs more rest than other dogs.
He loves napping, watching football and playing with his best friends, Tui the one-year-old Shar-Pei and five-year-old pug Alvin.
Owner Nicole Hetland, 24, a learning disability nurse, said: ‘Theo’s condition is due to irresponsible inbreeding.
‘We have owned dogs our entire lives, however we didn’t know much about pugs, and unfortunately, we trusted Theo’s breeder.
No, it’s not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
‘While many people think Theo is overweight, he is actually a healthy dog considering his condition.
‘However, he also has been diagnosed with a form of degenerative disc disease caused by sciatic nerve damage.
‘Unfortunately, there may come a day when Theo’s quality of life has diminished to the point where we have to make a difficult decision.
‘We want to make sure others don’t have to go through what we have, so I want to tell everyone who is looking for a new pup, do research.
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‘It is better to take things slow and find a responsible breeder to ensure a healthy and long life for your dog.’