Playful golden retriever with black spot on face becomes a viral star

Some animals are born looking a little different, and that’s okay: all animals are worthy of love no matter what they look like.

In fact sometimes it’s those unique features that make them beautiful. Many pets have become stars online because of their special qualities.

Like one dog, whose unique markings have made him a star on Instagram.

Meet Enzo:

Enzo is a golden retriever from Austin, Texas with a distinct black spot on his face. While some people might’ve dismissed the dog as ugly, his family, the Castros, have embraced the way he looks.

“Enzo has a genetic mutation, his black splotch!” Clarissa Castro told the Daily Star. “The mutation doesn’t affect any part of him except for his looks.”

“We instantly fell in love with Enzo not just because of his marking but because he was the sweetest and most playful puppy.”

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#snaggletoothbellyrub . Let’s make it a thing.

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His family says that despite his unique appearance, he’s always been a normal dog who likes playing and eating.

“Ever since he was a puppy Enzo has always loved having a routine – getting up at the same time in the morning, eating his breakfast at the same time, going on a walk at the same time etc,” Clarissa said.

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Twinning with my bestie #lovelyra

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“We spend a lot of time playing fetch with him in the back yard or playing with one of his toys inside,” Clarissa told the Daily Star.

“There’s so much to enjoy spending time with him, one of my favorite things is that he often falls asleep while tugging on a toy, he’ll just slowly lay down and rest with the toy in his mouth.”

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New ball was feeling lonely. Needed a snuggle. I get that.

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And it’s not just Enzo’s family who loves him: the internet has also fallen for this one-of-a-kind dog.

He has his own Instagram account that has an incredible 186,000 followers!

People love seeing pictures Enzo and his every day adventures. It doesn’t seem like fame has gotten to his head: he still likes nothing more than his usual playtime routine.

It really goes to show that sometimes our differences can be blessings—Enzo’s unique mark just made everyone love him even more.

We think this dog is beautiful just the way he is! Share if you agree!