Pit Bull Grows ‘Claws’ From Rare Birth Defect, But Keeps His Spirits High

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

At first glance, Tigger the dog may look like any other adorable pooch. But the shelter dog has a unique quality to go with his unique disability.

Called the “kangaroo” dog, the 2-year-old pit bull mix is afflicted by lobster claw syndrome, or ectrodactyly. It is a rare birth defect, and a malformation in his front legs causes them to end about six inches before they are supposed to. His front paws are also formed as if to look like claws. 

But Tigger isn’t letting his disability get him down. He spends more time on his hind legs because putting pressure on his front legs causes him pain. He is already afflicted with various ailments such as arthritis, and needs surgery.

But none of this can dampen his spirit. He treats everyone as a friend, and will gladly take his place on your lap if so inclined!

Tigger isn’t just looking for medical assistance; he’s also looking for a loving forever home. You can help by donating to the GoFundMe page set up to pay for his surgery, and by spreading his story!

Tigger is a 2-year-old pit bull and Staffordshire terrier mix. He was born with a condition that affects his mobility and has stunted the growth of his front limbs.

Tigger is quite the happy-go-lucky pup. Although hopping around has been uncomfortable, and he can only walk increasingly shorter distances, he loves to be pampered and loved by humans — just like any dog!

Tigger’s big heart and spirit aren’t damped by his disability!

But the adorable pup needs help. The surgery to correct his deformity will be quite expensive. He also needs a forever home and humans who will love and care for him, despite his malformations.

But with a face like that, who wouldn’t want this lovable pup in their home?

Please SHARE if someone you know would welcome Tigger into their home in a heartbeat!

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