Dog That Jumps Like a Frog Leaves Internet Confused

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but some aren't quite used to this one yet.

When TikTok account @owenweiss_78 posted a video of a dog with a visibly shorter body and neck running toward garden stairs and jumping up them in a less-than-ordinary fashion, it gained over 3 million likes.

The video, shared on August 24, garnered all kinds of guesses as to what happened to the dog, among mass confusion.

Unbeknown to most who saw the video though, it's actually an already famous TikTok Pitbull mix named Ivy. Under the account @ivyvibing, the dog has over 2.8 million followers, and her owners regularly share videos of her "vibing" as the name would suggest.

"Ivy was re-homed to us from a family friend who couldn't take care of their dogs' new puppies. We realized she had Short Spine Syndrome after we noticed that she couldn't turn her head all the way and lacked a tail," Ivy's owner told Newsweek.

Short Spine Syndrome is an incredibly rare condition that causes a dog to look rather different. The dogs have normal sized heads, fused onto the shoulders, making it appear like they have no neck. The spine curves down to the floor and their tails are shorter than most.

Short Spine Syndrome dogs often face issues with running, jumping and eating, as shown in the viral video, they actually reportedly tend to live a normal lifespan and face few health issues relating to the condition.

"We noticed that her ears are a lot more animated than other dogs, she moves her ears in many directions to get a feel for her surroundings when she isn't able to turn her head," her owner said.

Difficulty Going Down Stairs

"Her eyes are as well, she moves them a lot more than our other dog and regularly 'side eyes.' Side eyeing is usually not a positive response and can mean that the dog feels threatened, but for Ivy it's just a way for her to see the world better since she can't turn her head. Due to her shape she can't jump very high, she can lay on her side but has trouble getting up, and has difficulty going down stairs," her owner added.

Little is known about the cause of Short Spine Syndrome and research into the matter is still ongoing. In 2001, Elaine Ostrander published the book "Genetics of the Dog," which theorized that it's actually a result of inbreeding, but many researchers continue to look into other possible causes.

"Ivy and many other short spine dogs have had their DNA taken and sent to Purdue University as they are studying why and how it is caused which will may help them figure out why it happens in humans as well," said Ivy's owner.

Ivy and her owners don't seem to let the condition hold them back, and they actually make light of the situation. Through the TikTok account, they regularly joke that Ivy was bred with frog DNA, giving her that hunched over appearance.

"The jokes don't bother us very much, misinformation about Ivy and us does though, so we tend to avoid most comments on any of our videos that go viral," they told Newsweek.

Although Short Spine Syndrome may be rare, Ivy certainly isn't the first to become an internet star because of it. Cuda the Pitbull was a trailblazer in the Short Spine Syndrome influencer genre, becoming one of the first, with her blog and Facebook page.

The recent viral video of Ivy may not have been met with open arms by most, but on her own TikTok page, it's all love. Videos show her playing in the garden, being cycled around and playing with her sibling Gio.

Followers demand videos of Ivy doing certain activities, out of curiosity of just how she does it, like drinking her water and barking. In fact, viewers have been able to watch Ivy from the very beginning in January, when she was just a tiny pup.

"The reaction is mostly the same in public, mostly fascination because most people haven't seen a dog like that. We regularly get asked what her breed is even after telling them that her appearance is due to a disorder. I'd say the reaction is better in person though, because anonymity can let people say some awful things online," Ivy's owner said.

UPDATE 9/9/21 at 8:38 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include comments from Ivy's owner.