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.

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

Well HE IS! A hound mixed with a horse! Not like they didn't tell ya.....half. 😂🐾❤

Bobby Sammons
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5 months ago

How often does he take you for a walk?

Vick Selvig
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5 months ago

I would like to see you get rid of that nose leash. It's barbaric! Try the harness type they make it much easier to control your pet without strapping their mouth shut.

Cynthia Marrs
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5 months ago

I agree

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Aragorn II Elessar
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5 months ago

Loki, the god of deception, nice touch

Parmeisan
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5 months ago

I had to go looking for this comment. I knew *somebody* must have pointed out the appropriateness of that name.

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3ke
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5 months ago

Great Danes are awesome

Naomi Cline
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5 months ago

Danes are wonderful dogs!! No matter what the mix is.

Sue Knerl
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5 months ago

You could ride that dog.

Kelly Hartle
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5 months ago

Appropriately named—Loki the trickster got you!

Mike Rodrick
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5 months ago

Loki? Cool name!

Tim Skeens
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5 months ago

You should ride him

Ash WolfGang
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5 months ago

yeah my dog fox was a grey Pom-chi ( Pomeranian Chihuahua) now he has a brown, grey, white fur coat.

Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

Loki is just as beautiful as any GD, don’t the the mix subtracted anything, just added.😊

Carol Calhoun
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2 months ago

Who cares? Once you fall in love it doesn’t really matter

Nushatu Blueclaw
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3 months ago

Similar to my mom's dog they said 45 max and now he 90 pounds a tad great Dane in him

Angelina Sanger
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4 months ago

Same!!!

Angelina Sanger
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4 months ago

Same!!!!

sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

What did you pay, for the big boy ? should have adopted at a shelter !!!

Caryl Cole
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5 months ago

Beautiful...

William Pitre
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5 months ago

Yes he is but that is a big dog for such a mini hooman.

Dutch VanZandt
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5 months ago

Pony sized! (I am not suggesting people sit on/ride their large dogs... it's very bad for their back)

Christina Uhlir
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5 months ago

Who are they?

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

Get THAT PUPPER A Saddle!

Roberta Oden
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5 months ago

Daughter is fostering a 'hound mix' right now. They say over a year... I'm thinking 9 months at the most. And at least 65-70 pounds. He looks a LOT like this!

katboxjanitor
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5 months ago

Gorgeous wee puppy!

Ana M
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5 months ago

Gorgeous!

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

Oof, what a dog.

Robert Greisberg
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5 months ago

He maybe one day will safe your life.

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

Well it is a large drain on the budget, but what a wonderful gift He is for you!

Lennyn Arndt
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5 months ago

Wow. He is SO CUTE.

Wilma Sliwiak
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5 months ago

🤣🤣

Faith Nicole
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5 months ago

Such a beautiful dog he is though ♡

Ayli Nickerson
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5 months ago

i have a great dane. the only bad this is the hundreds of gallons of drool

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

PLEASE! LOVE HIM NEVERTHELESS!

Astrid Arzate
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4 months ago

We do!!! <3 I knew when his paws were big, that he’d eventually grow into his head. He’s a very good boy.

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Diana Jean Mungcal
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5 months ago

Nope. He's a horse.

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Can you imagine the owners face as he started growing lol! The looks of shock and horror as he just grows and grows and grows and grows and so on lol

Jane Whelan
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5 months ago

Gorgeous!

Melody Barnoski
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5 months ago

Wowzers! He is handsome!

Mary Ann Whitehurst
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5 months ago

He is beautiful!

Shelly Wilsey
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5 months ago

Looks like a ridgeback to me

Up All Night
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5 months ago

That's a giant lanky ridgeback then

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Sharon Madsen
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5 months ago

And he's gorgeous!

Pippa Runs
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5 months ago

He’s gorgeous!

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
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5 months ago

Pretty boy!

Mary Jaye
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5 months ago

how much does that guy eat???

Kaitlyn Carter
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5 months ago

Looks like a pit/Dane mix

Jann Mulac
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5 months ago

Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridgeback (a large hound)...

Rebecca Bucholtz
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5 months ago

But gorgeous!

Terri Smith
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5 months ago

Great Danes are awesome family members. So much more to love!

Elaine Connelly
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5 months ago

Good boi

Joan
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5 months ago

It's the all the love that makes them grow!

Luisa Vasconcelos
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5 months ago

This is not a dog, it's a poney.

RayneBeau Montgomery
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5 months ago

Divine

Jo Johannsen
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5 months ago

Might be only 45 lbs on the Moon? Maybe? 😊

Nikki D
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5 months ago

Stunning! I hope he's an indoor dog. Danes are not happy away from their families. What a beautiful boy!

Danielle Deibler
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5 months ago

Glad you kept him! So many people would have been overwhelmed by his size. What a beauty!

April Grantham
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5 months ago

gorgeous and definitely has the dane in em

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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!

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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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Lotus Flower
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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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