They are not supposed to be green. Jokes abound.
A pair of dog breeders in the Spanish province of Valladolid were shocked recently when two pups were born green.
“I thought the puppies were dirty and tried to clean them, but the colour wouldn’t come off,” said Molina, who breeds hunting dogs with her father in the town of Laguna de Duero.
The animals, born on June 3rd, were smaller and weaker than the other pups in the litter. One of them, a female, died shortly after birth while the male pup is still alive, but very weak.
He is now beginning to lose his pigment.
The suspected reason for the green coloration is the chemical biliverdin which has been found in the placenta of dogs. It’s similar to jaundice which will turn skin yellow. It’s not clear if the green coloration is related to a health issue for the dogs. It could be a signal that something was wrong in utero.
No more hulk or leprechaun jokes, it’s just a natural thing.
Tip: Brad Smith