A PUPPY who will never be able to grow a full fur coat is hoping to find a forever home.

Goldie, a small three-month-old crossbreed puppy, arrived at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre due to his previous owner’s ill health.

The pup will certainly need someone warm to cuddle up to now the cold winter nights are coming after being diagnosed with an unusual condition that has left him hairless in patches.

Andy Cook, behaviour and welfare specialist at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre, said: “Goldie arrived in our care with what looked like alopecia with patchy hair loss over most of his head and body.

"His vet history from his previous owner states he has always been like this and his vet did check him for mites but none were found.

“Whilst in our care our consulting vet Ann Parry, from Bridge Vets in Highbridge, took a skin biopsy to diagnose the skin issue.

"To our surprise the results came back that Goldie has ‘Hypotrichosis’, aka the absence of hair follicles.

"No follicles means no hair, just like on the Chinese crested breed of dog.

“Goldie does not need any treatment for this condition as it is just how he is, however as he has no hair he will be susceptible to sunburn and dry skin.

"Adopters would need to speak to their vet for advice on moisturisers and sunscreen that is suitable for dogs.

“As a youngster, Goldie is a real livewire and will need a new home with a family that can keep up with him. He will also require ongoing training.”

RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre is run by RSPCA North Somerset Branch who raise money to help animals in the local area.

There is an application system for puppies and all viewings are strictly by appointment only

If you would be interested in adopting Goldie please call RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre on 01278 782671.