Little Ranger was having some trouble with his health for a long time. Although he recovered from his initial health issues, his owners noticed that something wasn’t right with him. They took him to the vet once again, where he was diagnosed with Pituitary Dwarfism.
Ranger is an adorable pup, however his condition comes with some side effects. Pituitary dwarfism can be recessively inherited in certain breeds, such as German Shepherds, and in an interview with SWNS, Ranger’s owner reveals that he thinks that Ranger’s condition is down to his parents’ genetics:
“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,” says Ranger’s human, Shelby Mayo.
“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. We were eventually able to get the infection under control, fast forward a few months later we were finally able to get rid of Giardia.”
Ranger has two sisters. Hazel, the Labrador, and Jessie, the German Shepherd. While his sisters are bigger than him, Ranger doesn’t let his small stature hold him back. Today, Ranger is happier and healthier than ever. Although he’s still small, he is a huge part of the Mayo family and has captured the hearts of many online.