Why is this puppy sooo tiny?

so my sisters dog accidentally got pregnant (don’t be rude it’s not my fault and i can’t get her fixed since it’s not my choice). she had puppies about 6 weeks ago and all the puppies are good normal size except one of them. (mom is german shepherd and dad is aussie) one of them that looks like a german shepherd is TINY!! like the size of a 2 week old. she is so much smaller than the other puppies. does anyone know why she is so tiny? will she catch up?

Nekkid Truth!

Have you talked to the vet? May have dwarfism.. Which is a genetic defect that is found in german shepherds

E. H. Amos

Consult your vet. Extremely small puppies often have UNSEEN health problems from malfunctioning kidneys and livers, to mal-absorption syndrome or EPI (common in GSD) to dwarfism.


GSD`s (and some other breeds) can produce what is known as a pup with pituitary Dwarfism which makes them very small and like miniature GSD`s. They do live very long lives. Pics: https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=960&bih=505&ei=g8NWXJvqB62AzgOD2KaIDg&q=GSD+with+Dwarfism&oq=GSD+with+Dwarfism&gs_l=img.12..0i24.1327.18993..21195...1.0..0.85.1077.25......0....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0j0i8i30j0i10i24.xdFTQKUBz04#imgrc=_ Info:>>>> https://www.google.com/search?q=Dwarfism+in+GSDs&oq=Dwarfism+in+GSDs&aqs=chrome..69i57.7118j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 However....Its more than likely in your sisters dogs case that one pup is the "Runt" of the litter and not as robust as its siblings. It may be pushed out by the larger pups, when trying to suckle on its mothers teats , so care must be taken to make sure it gets its share to give it a chance of maximum growth. Runts often "make up" to normal size if they are well cared for, but not in all cases. They may always be lighter boned and smaller than their siblings. They do sell cheaper than a more normal sized puppy. But being smaller does not affect their personality and temperament.

latcho dives

its probably the litter runt therefore could also be riddled with unseen health problems Get it vetchecked therefore thoroughly


I don't know. I can't run tests or examine the dog.


She is most likely a runt, and is not getting as much milk as the other puppies. I would keep a close eye on her and make sure she's eating well. If she gets some extra love, she should catch up to her siblings.