Ben McKenzie’s Pit Bull ‘Is a Little Too California’

Ben McKenzie

Courtesy Ben McKenzie

updated 03/06/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 03/07/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

Ben McKenzie, who currently stars in TNT’s Southland, and who first made a splash on The O.C., seems like a California actor through and through.

Wait until you meet his dog, a rescued pit bull named Oscar.

“He’s super laid-back,” McKenzie tells PEOPLE. “He’s a little too California. The cancer he got was skin cancer, from laying out in the sun. He needs to wear some more SPF, I guess.”

After undergoing chemotherapy, Oscar is now back in good health and has been visiting the Southland set with McKenzie.

“He’s a Hollywood dog, man. Going to set, living in the Hills,” McKenzie says. “He’s living the dream, sleeping all day. I wish I had his life.”

Click to hear more from Ben McKenzie on his laid-back pooch!

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