2-Year-Old German Shepherd With Dwarfism Will Always Look Like A Puppy
This dog is two years old, but he'll always look like a tiny puppy.
German Shepherds are usually large dogs, but for Ranger, Mother Nature had other plans. He is a 2-year-old purebred German Shepherd but, due to a rare condition, he is stuck looking like a puppy. Ranger was diagnosed with Pituitary Dwarfism, after an infection caused by a parasite.
His owner explained:
"When we originally got Ranger from the breeder, he was smaller than all his other littermates, but we figured that was because he had a parasite called Coccidia. In the weeks following, we took him home and he was parasite free but later on, ended up getting a parasite called Giardia. At the same time, we also discovered that Ranger had a large infection on his neck. We were eventually able to get the infection under control, fast forward a few months later we were finally able to get rid of Giardia."
Even after he recovered, Ranger was still not growing at the normal rate, so his owners took him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with Dwarfism.
Ranger's condition makes him stay cute forever but has also come with side effects, like shedding fur and flaky skin. They were caused by Hypothyroidism, a disorder in the endocrine system that causes the thyroid gland to not produce enough hormone.
However, his loving owners got him the treatment he needed and he's made a full recovery! Ranger is now a healthy, happy, and fun dog who will stay super cute forever!