You’d never know it by looking at him, but little Chupey’s DNA is made up mostly of Pit Bull and Rottweiler! Born hairless with inside-out ears, beady eyes, and a toothy grin, he resembles the mythical Chupacabra of Mexican folklore.
Rescuer, Kaley Carlyle dubbed him “Chupey” for short.
Carlyle had already rescued one litter of puppies with a seizure disorder when the same breeder came to her with Chupey. She cut a deal with the woman: if she would spay Chupey’s mother, Carlyle would take in the special needs puppy.
In addition to his unique appearance, Chupey had liver problems. He was underweight and always exhausted, sleeping up to 23 hours a day. Luckily, a special diet is helping to improve his health. Now his adorable personality is shining through!
“My favorite thing about Chupey is his attitude – he always wants to be part of what you’re doing and does a little shimmy dance when he’s excited,” Carlyle tells Metro UK.
He is also incredibly cuddly, rushing over whenever a blanket appears, and barking until he is let underneath. Don’t worry, Chupey has a collection of warm clothing to protect his hairless body when the weather turns chilly.
Chupey is now nearly 2-years-old and thriving. He has close to 9,000 followers on Instagram who log in to see his heartwarming smile.
While Carlyle has grown to love Chupey’s one-of-a-kind appearance, she says his personality is what makes him truly special.
“I think people need to give special needs dogs a chance and look at the dogs that aren’t as beautiful and striking as the rest. I hope I can encourage people to look at dogs differently and understand that personality is more important than looks.”