Puppy For Good: Adult German Shepherd Will Always Look Like A Puppy Due To A Rare Genetic Condition, Pituitary Dwarfism
It is certain that most people just can’t get over little cute furry animals. While we all know about adorable miniature dogs like Malteses, Poodles, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, and the like, not many have ever heard of a little German Shepherd who will remain looking like a puppy forever.
Meet Ranger, a happy-go-lucky 2-year-old German Shepherd dog who joyfully embraces life with dwarfism.
German Shepherd dwarf
The thing is that dwarfism affects dogs in much the same way as humans. It’s the result of a recessive gene and occurs in up to 20% of German shepherds.
Still, Ranger doesn’t let the condition get him down!
Ranger has got his rare condition called Pituitary Dwarfism after an infection caused by a parasite.
Ranger’s owner said during his interview with SWNS,
“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."
Although the caring owners managed to help the dog and heal him, Pituitary Dwarfism had already been settled in Ranger’s DNI.
Once the owners took the German shepherd to the vet, the vet informed them that he wouldn’t grow anymore
There have been some side effects such as shedding fur and flaky skin.