THE RSPCA is looking for a new home for a 'gentle giant' dog with a skin condition that affected King of Pop Michael Jackson and Canadian model Winnie Harlow.

Eight-year-old rottweiler Duke has vitiligo, which results in unusual markings on his skin due to a lack of pigment.

He has been at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal centre since October after his owner could no longer care for him.

Anita Clark, deputy manager at West Hatch, said: "While his unique looks are caused by a lack of pigmentation in certain areas of his skin, they do not cause him any pain or discomfort.

"Sadly, however, this big boy does also suffer from a skin and eye condition which leaves him with sores on his legs, muzzle and eyelids.

"These have been treated and he is now ready to find his forever home. But while it has improved he may have flare-ups again in the future, so it’s something his new owner needs to be aware of."

Duke is described as intelligent, understands basic commands and can be left alone for short periods.

He gets on well with other dogs and could live with a cat. Although he’s a ‘gentle giant’, due to his size and strength staff feel he would be best suited to a home with older children.

Ms Clark added: "Duke is a big, strong dog but is also incredibly affectionate and loves curling up on your lap - if he can fit.

"Duke loves his walks but is very strong on the lead so we’re providing training to help address this issue. He also has a strong interest in wildlife and farm animals, so he pulls even harder if he picks up a scent.

"Duke is looking for a home with people who have experience keeping rottweilers. He will make a fantastic companion who will definitely turn heads."

Vitiligo is often a hereditary condition which causes a loss of pigment from the skin or hair resulting in patches of fading colour or white coat. This autoimmune change may alter his physical appearance but is a harmless condition and doesn’t require treatment.

RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates said: “Vitiligo in dogs is very rare and we believe this is the first time we’ve had a dog who is suffering from the condition come into our care.”

If you could offer Duke a forever home, visit his Find A Pet profile to find out more about him or contact West Hatch on 0300-1230747.