It's a commonly known fact that these days, more and more dogs are suffering from genetic defects and disabilities as a result of turbulent breeding.
Despite the heartbreaking reality of his special genetic defect, Ranger is undeniably adorable.
He had a difficult start to life, but is now living his life to the fullest, and is even raising awareness of his disability through his viral fame. Keep scrolling to hear Ranger's story...
There's no denying that we have completely ruined our beloved dogs.
via: GettyEver since the wolf first became domesticated all those 15,000 years ago, we humans have been dog crazy, and have become obsessed with creating as many different breeds as possible.
We have created hundreds of different breeds.
via: GettyAnd they all look completely different.
Ranging from the Great Dane...All the way down the divaish Pomarian, dogs nowadays come in all shapes and sizes.
And when you look at a chihuahua...
via: GettyIt can be quite difficult to remember that it once came from the notably more majestic wolf.
Yet despite how cute many of these pooches are...
via: GettySome breeds come with serious health issues as a result of irresponsible breeding over the years.
More and more dogs are being born with disabilities.
via: GettyYears of breeding for appearance have wreaked havoc on our poor dogs' healths, and many breeds are now predisposed to suffer from severe, and often life-threatening illnesses and disabilities.
So many breeds are predisposed to develop these genetic defects...
via: GettyBreathing issues, heart defects, spinal defects, blindness, skin problems, and epilepsy are just a handful of problems our pure-bred pooches are suffering from.
And dwarfism is a growing issue in certain breeds.
via: GettyThough it may look adorable, and is the main physical trait in breeds such as the Corgi, dwarfism in dogs is actually caused by a mutated gene which stunts the growth of bones.
And this mutated gene can even affect dogs that are bred to be tall...
via: GettySome larger pure-bred dogs are predisposed to develop the gene... The German Shepherd, in particular.