Meet Ranger, a 4-year-old German Shepherd who defies expectations by perpetually looking like a puppy due to a rare condition called dwarfism.

Meet Ranger, a 4-year-old German Shepherd who defies expectations by perpetually looking like a puppy due to a rare condition called dwarfism. This genetic disorder, caused by inbreeding, stunted Ranger’s growth to only a third of the standard size for his breed.

Pituitary dwarfism, a form of dwarfism that affects dogs, is an inherited genetic disorder resulting from both parents carrying a defective gene. The lack of growth hormone slows the dog’s development from about two months of age. This condition makes affected puppies smaller and results in different fur than that of adult dogs, with the fur of dwarf dogs remaining soft and fluffy.

Ranger’s owner, Shelby Mayo, provides excellent care for her unique pet, as many dogs with dwarfism do not survive beyond three years of age. Despite the challenges associated with the condition, Ranger is in excellent health, thanks to Shelby’s dedication.

To raise awareness about the effects of inbreeding on dogs and discourage breeding of dogs with dwarfism, Shelby created an Instagram page for Ranger. With over 139 thousand followers, the page has become a platform to educate people about the consequences of inbreeding and the importance of responsible breeding practices. Shelby emphasizes that she is against breeding dogs with dwarfism, as this condition significantly shortens their lifespan.

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