Adorable German Shepherd with Dwarfism Will Stay Puppy-Sized Forever
Laura Lee - November 24, 2019


By Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

Ranger is a German Shepherd who looks like a puppy, but is, in fact, two years old! The cutie’s owner is Phoenix-based Shelby Mayo who says Ranger has a genetic condition called pituitary dwarfism. This condition caused his permanently small stature.


Mayo spoke with South Wales News Service (SWNS) that she saw Ranger was the runt of the litter but didn’t know that he would stay puppy-sized forever. Actually, she thought he was smaller than the others because of a parasite.


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“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,” she told the outlet, according to the New York Post.


According to Claudia E. Reusch, the condition appears in German Shepherds as a result of “autosomal recessive inheritance” (or recessive gene inheritance). Mayo reassured that Ranger is a healthy, happy dog!


“He is healthy and happy as can be as of now and loves jumping around and playing with his ball and squeaky toys with his two sisters Hazel and Jessie,” she said.