Imagine you finally get the pupper of your dreams. Lassie comes home, the days go by, and then you realize your dorkie chorkie looks kinda different. At some point, you have to tell yourself—ma doggo is everything except a collie.

But you’re not alone. In fact, there are too many pet owners out there who had their expectations hit with a reality check after their puppers grew up. From believing you got a cocker spaniel to raising a wiener dog, these people got heckin’ bamboozled! In the end, the breed is just a name and these woofers are even more adorable!

But in order to find out why breed confusion is so common, Bored Panda contacted Antonio Diaz, a dog trainer and behavior specialist based in Las Vegas. Scroll down for an interview below!

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He’s a hound mix... they said. He will be 45 lbs max... they said. They didn’t say he was mixed with Great Dane. And that he would be 45 lbs when he was 4 months old. Loki is now a comfortable 100lbs.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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5 months ago

looks like a giant greyhound.

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“It happens all the time!” said Antonio Diaz about puppers growing up into dogs of a seemingly completely different breed. The K9 dog trainer gives a few reasons for this. First, “people aren’t doing their research on the breeder.” Second, “a low price on a 'purebred dog' blinds some of us, and you get caught in a scam.” If it’s too good to be true, “you know the rest,” explained Antonio.

Antonio believes that most of these dogs “come from backyard breeders.” In order to avoid confusion later, people should “always ask to see the parents of the puppies AND previous litters.” He warns that if the parents “aren’t’ available, it’s a red flag and you should run.”

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

That's a nice border collie mix!

Melissa Mcmanis
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5 months ago

Right

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Lyop
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5 months ago

He's finding it funny too!

Jim Kang
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5 months ago

Rather have this dog than a poodle anyways.

Hafida
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5 months ago

That was what I was thinking too

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Rich Ellis
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5 months ago

To the incredibly stupid folks out there who believe dogs don't/can't smile: Tell me the dog in this picture isn't smiling.

Donna Leske
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5 months ago

Dog looks like he was in on the switch.

Jackie Day
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5 months ago

🤣👍

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JessG
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5 months ago

As a puppy, border collies look nothing like a poodle tho...

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

That's a SMILING border collie! 😁❤

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
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5 months ago

THIS MAJESTIC BEAST IS MUCH BETTER THAN ANY POODLE YOU COULD ASK FOR (no offense to poodle owners, of course. All dogs are great.)

Suzanne Clark
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5 months ago

He's definitely laughing at the joke.

Karen Johnston
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5 months ago

Unusual looking poodle.

Diana Eriksson
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5 months ago

What a handsome guy!

Eunice Probert
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5 months ago

With that smile, I guess your parents love him anyway.

Silja Hare
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5 months ago

Oh you got real lucky!!!!

Christine Myers
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5 months ago

Has a happy, happy smile

Nana To 2 Boys
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5 months ago

Still is a beautiful dog!!!

Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Poodles don't grin like this.

Jasmina Pavlovic
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5 months ago

An adorable Poodle ... 👍

melbfk
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5 months ago

That smile says "ha ha joke's on you". Beautiful poodle.

Lynn Hussey
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5 months ago

Even the dog is getting a laugh out of THAT mistake! haha!! Pretty cute!

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

I love that expression on his face, say's it all..... fooled ya!

Teresa Rodden
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5 months ago

😂

Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

Hey, it looks happy, that wonderful!

Flavia Slag
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5 months ago

Love the smile

Chris DiFonso
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5 months ago

The dog is thinking, "I can't believe the hoomans fell for it. I'm very glad they did, though."

Richard Courtney
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5 months ago

They were Lucky! Better than any Poodle!

Belinda_Vikingheart_🇧🇻
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5 months ago

Love this puppy 🌞🤗🐶

Missy Davis
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1 month ago

Looked sooooo happy though

Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

Who knows?! It may have a hair flatter hidden somewhere.

Marlene Ricker
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5 months ago

Not very poodle-ish but cute all the same!

Valinka
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5 months ago

That smile tho!

Michele Silva
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5 months ago

Border Collie percentage there!

Dutch VanZandt
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5 months ago

Poodle schnoodle... Border Collie and gorgeous. :D

Kris Tate Roach
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5 months ago

That FACE! <3

Paul Jordan
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5 months ago

bet when it was younger it pood all over the floor.

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

Someone Clearly BLEW DRY ITS HAIR STRAIGHT!

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

Dog-fluid ,no doubt?

Cheyenne Gentry
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5 months ago

Love border Collies! Have two of my own!

Mary Ann Clem
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5 months ago

Poodle?

Ana M
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5 months ago

Mmmmmmmm, like my brother's Australian collie.

backatya
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5 months ago

he looks happy

Cathy Proctor
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5 months ago

looks JUST like a poodle....hahahaha very cute pupper

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

I can’t remember but Poodles have extremely tight curls in their fur, how did this not get noticed!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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5 months ago

Looks like my dog Shiner (resting sweet peace since 1994)

Sara Mccracken
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5 months ago

Much nicer !

Wilma Sliwiak
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5 months ago

❤️❤️

Hana Abera
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5 months ago

that's NOT a poodle.

Elise
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5 months ago

So cute! Just look at his eyes!

CincyReds
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5 months ago

Beautiful dog! I can't ever imagine this dog looking anything like a poodle!

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

WHAT A "SMILE"! ALMOST JULIA ROBERTS!

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Look at him laughing lol! Is he laughing because he's not what they expected or what lol!

Heather Hayllar
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5 months ago

At least your poodle is laughing!

Kim Moore
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5 months ago

Someone just said "You're a good boy!"

Stacey Grant
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5 months ago

Border collie Australian shepherd mix

Annette Christopherson
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5 months ago

She was kidding.

Joyce Berman
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5 months ago

They're great dogs!

Melody Barnoski
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5 months ago

Fantastic smile!

Naomi Cline
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5 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Sharon Madsen
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5 months ago

That would have never looked like a poodle!

Mike Rodrick
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5 months ago

A Pooboard? A Boardapoo?

Catherine Spencer-Mills
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5 months ago

Looks like a "Texas heeler" - Australian Shepherd x Australian Cattle Dog

Bobbie Bansal
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5 months ago

Looks a little like an English Setter also

Aliya Clark
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5 months ago

i think you got what i call, a 'happy' mistake. it came into being when my brother's bathroom and my room's paint got mixed up and we liked the color we got and hated the other one. lol

Richard Courtney
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5 months ago

They were lucky, better then any poddle

April Grantham
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5 months ago (edited)

Must had been adopted lol

Karen Dyer
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5 months ago

Really, poodles have curly coats, unless there is a new kind of poodle that has a smooth coat. All poodles I have ever seen has had smooth coats.

Stille20
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5 months ago

What? Did the just buy it too young? Sweet face

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She was supposed to be a yorkshire. Turned out better than what we asked for

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natie marie
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5 months ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

Started off spaniel, finished up as Tramp, from Lady and the Tramp.

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Dogs tend to change their looks as they grow older. “They have an undercoat that grows as they get older. Different patterns and colors of fur start to develop and grow in.” As a result, your dog could literally transform his looks with time. “This is what happened with my own German shepherd. She was dark in her face as a puppy and got lighter as she aged,” said Antonio.

In fact, it happens in humans too. “Young children can have blonde hair and end up being brunet as adults. Our eye colors sometimes change too.”

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The shelter said boxer mix. After doing Wisdom Panel, we found out he's 50% American Staffordshire Terrier, 12.5% Australian Shepherd, 12.5% Australian Cattle Dog, 12.5% Mastiff (😳) and 12.5% other. 77 lbs of good boy.

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Mike Crow
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5 months ago

What about the dog?

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Laugh or not
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5 months ago

Hello Darkness, my old friend. You are the cutest, in this Land.

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

Until the corgi came along.

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My “purebred chihuahua”. The vet says 1/2 chihuahua and 1/2 yorkshire terrier. I love my dorkie chorkie

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JessG
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5 months ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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5 months ago

Thanks for loving her/him regardless. They look content.

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My handsome "maltese x fox terrier" boy. No idea what breeds are in there but he is amazing regardless

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

That he's amazing is all that matters - and what dog isn't amazing?

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My “50 lb lab mix” grew into a sweet, beautiful 85 lb Rottweiler/boxer! Wouldn’t have her any other way. Pictured with my mom on her natural habitat (the lap).

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

When a dog comes from a shelter a lot of the time they are only guessing.

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Our ‘full blooded’ mini dachshund.

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5 months ago

Love the tail, it is vibrating with Joy 😂

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Was told she was a shih tzu come to find she is a poodle jack russel mix.

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

She's a Rottwiener.

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I was told he would be a small apartment dog, 4 years and 20 pounds later, still beautiful, still the Love of my life

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

Half lab, half angry chihuahua.

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This guy was supposed to be a mix between an mini-pincher and a jack russel terrier. He now weighs more than 11kg

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

How could you be disappointed though?

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I told my mom Bunni was a mini dachshund for Christmas now she is about 6-7 months old and 40 pounds lol. Merry Christmas mommy dearest lmao she loves her more then ever though so she is her mini dachshund on steroids lol

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Rissie
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5 months ago (edited)

How in this world can this dog ever be mistaken for a mini dachshund? Even the puppies are very different :) 100 procent good girl, though :)

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Daisy
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5 months ago

Pretty markings :)

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This girl was supposed to be half Rottweiler, half German shepherd. plot twist- her largest percentage is actually CHOW CHOW at 30%, and the rest a mix of Doberman, golden retriever, shepherd, Rottweiler, jack Russell terrier and super mutt.

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

She's beautiful.

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Our Little Girl was speculated to be a Beagle mix. However, I don’t believe I’ve ever met a 70 lb Beagle mix before. But we love her, whatever she is!

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Felix Utterback
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5 months ago

I don't know. I had a beagle/rotweiller mix growing up who was nearly 80 pounds

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Purebred Jack Russell. DNA tests have confirmed Chihuahua with some pomeranian, Jack Russell is 7th down the list of composite breeds next to great Dane

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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5 months ago

I don't understand people referring to their dogs as "it"

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Linda HS
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5 months ago

Not with that face!

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The collie I got at the shelter he’s the best and I love him just as he is anyways!

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

Pretty markings. Though they love us no matter what we look like so we should do the same.

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This old guy (who sadly had to be put to sleep at the age of seventeen last december), was supposed to be a teacup chihuahua

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

Aw, sad but that's not a bad age at all and he looks such a cutie.

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Half poodle, as confirmed by a DNA test

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Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago (edited)

I never really understand why people mind what they are once they have them - unless it's for health reasons that they need to find out. They are just themselves - loving dogs. EDIT: for purposes of clarification I don't mean why do people choose a certain type of dog but why do they mind enough to get a dna test after they have them. Seems a waste of money.

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