At first sight, you wouldn’t expect this German Shepherd named Ranger to be two years old because of his adorable size. Although he may look cute to many of us, his tiny size is actually caused by pituitary dwarfism – an uncommon genetic disorder that prevents pituitary glands from producing the required amount of growth hormones.
Because of this condition, little Ranger is often mistaken to be a pup. He still has the same short legs and amount of hair a young pup would have. Often overlooked when mingling with German Shepherds of his age, Ranger still puts on his best paw and still manages to melt our hearts.
When Ranger was adopted, his owners didn’t put much attention to how little he was. Although they did see how Ranger differed in comparison to the other dogs, they viewed the pup as normal as any other dog. But this view would soon change after a quick trip to the vet.
While Ranger was being treated for parasitic infections at the clinic, the veterinarian noticed something peculiar about him. The pup wasn’t showing signs of growth for months, suggesting that there was something unusual about him. Upon realizing this, the veterinarian had a feeling that the little pup suffered from dwarfism.
Considering Ranger’s size despite being two years old, it turned out that the veterinarian’s assumptions were right. Ranger would live out his dog days in the body size of a pup. This was a concern for the vet because numerous health issues could arise as an effect of dwarfism. Thankfully, the pup was given medication and continues to be treated, so he doesn’t suffer as much.
Thanks to his family’s support, Ranger can continue being adorable and melt many people’s hearts online! Clearly, the pooch has a big heart even though he’ll remain pup-sized forever.
Learn more about Ranger’s story with this video.
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