Ranger is a purebred AKC German Shepherd with Pituitary Dwarfism. He ran into several serious health issues as a puppy, but is now a happy, healthy, Instagram star.
There are numerous breeds of dogs, each with their own distinct personality and character traits. German Shepherds are wonderful companions, loyal, and adventurous. This story is about one very special GS named Ranger, who permanently looks like a puppy.
We love puppies. Actually, anything in baby form, tiny, teeny and cutesy is what we love. Ranger is obviously included in this list.
Ranger the German Shepherd has become an Instagram sensation overnight, and people were wondering why he appeared to be as small as a puppy if he was 2 years old.
After numerous messages and requests, Ranger’s owners responded publicly by explaining his medical issues and how he ended up with Pituitary Dwarfism.
There are a few different reasons why German Shepherd breeds seem to have more dwarfism cases than others.
VetGen reports, “Pituitary dwarfism is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency in the functioning of the pituitary gland that releases several important hormones. It is only known to be found in the German Shepherd dog and related dog breeds such as the Saarloos Wolfhound, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog and the Karelian Beardog. Once thought to be quite rare, the condition has been reported to have recently spread quite rapidly in Europe through the breeding of unsuspected carriers. The condition usually becomes evident in puppies after a few months, and is characterized by stunted proportional growth and a poorly developed coat.”
Normally, canines with PD have a shortened lifespan, but there is good news for Ranger. He has been tested numerous times and had several health evaluations done, and there is currently no cause for concern regarding his remaining years.
Just look at that adorable face. Have you ever seen anything so utterly cute?
While it is true that he is tiny and adorable, there are some side effects of his condition too. He is facing some medical conditions such as shedding fur and flaky skin. It is all caused by a disorder in the endocrine system called Hypothyroidism that causes the thyroid gland to not produce enough thyroid hormone.
Thankfully, Ranger has some pretty clever followers on Instagram and they reached out to help the little one. After trying out a few different methods, the owners found a way to help heal his dry skin and now Ranger is completely healthy and happy.
While this story has a happy ending, it is important to remember that not every dog has such a special family to love and take care of them. Be sure to visit your local animal shelter and offer to help- even spending time sitting with them is helpful.
Visit Ranger on Instagram