German Shepherds are confident, courageous and smart. They are large, agile and muscular dogs by nature. Some dogs can weigh up to 90 pounds. This breed is also the preferred dog for military and police units around the world.
Ranger the German Shepherd is a bit of an exception to the breed but just as loyal and loving. Ranger is a 2-year-old German Shepherd that suffers from Pituitary Dwarfism. Ranger will remain puppy size in stature for the rest of his adorable life.
Owner Shelby Mayo discovered her pup had this condition after he was treated for a parasite called Giardia. Mayo shares, “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.”
“During this time Ranger remained very small, the vet had suspected that he may have pituitary dwarfism, a genetic mutation.”
Mayo came to accept the condition saying, “Overtime Ranger still did not get much bigger, and at this point, we are certain he does have this condition.” The condition does come with certain health risks that can shorten the dog’s life. More side effects include flaky skin and shedding of fur.
Ranger is on medication for his thyroid as well because his levels were low. His owners also wash him with goat milk soap (“Guardians Farm”) that helps his skin tremendously. Ranger is happy and healthy now and boasts over 114,000 thousand Instagram followers. People love this cute brave pup and are following along with his unique journey.