The German Shepherd, named Ranger, is 4 years old, but looks like a puppy. All because of dwarfism, which allowed the dog to grow only a third of the standard size for its breed. Due to inbreeding, i.e. closely related interbreeding, Ranger developed pituitary dwarfism.
It was this disease that influenced the growth of all four legs.
“Dwarfism is an inherited genetic disease in which both parents carry the defective gene. Lack of growth hormone slows a dog’s development from around 2 months of age,” said veterinarian Lynn Janes.
Affected puppies are always smaller, and they also don’t have the same hair as adults. The fur of dwarf dogs remains soft and fluffy, – added Lynn Janes.
Ranger owner Shelby Mayo takes good care of her pet. After all, most dogs with dwarfism die before they reach 3 years of age. However, thanks to Shelby’s care, the sheepdog is in excellent health.
The woman created an Instagram page for Ranger. All this to let more people know about the effects of inbreeding on dogs. More than 139 thousand users have already subscribed to the account.
According to Shelby, she is often approached with a request to breed dwarf sheepdogs.
She is very fond of Ranger, but tries to prevent the breeding of dogs with dwarfism, as this disease shortens the animals’ lives.