Meet Pistachio, a Green Puppy That Was Born in Italy Two Years Ago

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When you’re a farmer, you’re prepared for pretty much anything. Anything but a green dog. Cristian Mallocci, a sheep farmer from Italy, could not believe his eyes. Spelacchia, one of his 8 dogs, gave birth to an unexpected offspring — a puppy with green fur.

Here at Bright Side we would like to tell you the story of this outstanding puppy that was born green, so let’s take a closer look!

The tiny pooch was immediately named Pistachio.

A few years ago, the Italian sheep farmer Cristian Mallocci had no idea he would be on the world news. At his farm on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, one of his 8 dogs, Spelacchia, gave birth to a litter of 5 puppies. Pistachio’s 4 brothers and sisters all had white fur, the same color as their mother. But this phenomenal pooch had green fur.

It’s unusual for a dog to be born with green fur.

This story is rare, but easily explained. It’s assumed that it happens when puppies with pale fur have contact with a green pigment called biliverdin, while in their mother’s womb. It’s the same substance that’s responsible for the green color in bruises.

Nonetheless, the green fur won’t last forever. Pistachio’s pigment is fading away day by day. According to Mallocci, his dog’s veterinarian explained that during the dog`s pregnancy, biliverdin, a substance contained in bile, blends into the amniotic fluid in the placenta. And it can result in staining a puppy with pale fur.

Though rare, it’s not unheard of for dogs to be born green.

In North Carolina, a white German Shepherd gave birth to a greenish pooch that was later named Hulk. In 2017, there was a similar case in Scotland with a golden retriever.

Mallocci shared that he’ll keep Pistachio on his farm and train him up to look after the sheep.

While the farmer said that Pistachio’s brothers and sisters will be given to new homes, the green pooch will stay on his farm and help his mother, Spelacchia, look after the herd. Mallocci shared that the unusual baby was an unexpected gift, and the green color is a sign of hope and luck, so he probably came to the world with a purpose to put a smile on people’s faces.

What’s the most unusual phenomenon you’ve seen in your own life? We’d be happy to see your photos in the comment section below.

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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Awww, it looks incredible adorable, a bit sad that the green color is fading


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