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!

Eunice Probert
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5 months ago

Looks like a German shepherd-corgi mix perhaps?

chickiethehen
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5 months ago

Honestly I just noticed that the coat looks like another doggo draped a German shepard coat over it lol

April Grantham
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5 months ago

looks like a shepherd/doberman/corgi mix

Anita Sergent
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5 months ago

He looks like my dog! He could be a Lancashire Heeler, which is part corgi/Manchester terrier in origin

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

You misheard. They said "hes every BUT a German shepard! And he has his own extra gravity. 😁❤

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
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5 months ago

So cute!!

Donna Leske
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5 months ago

Corgi mix.

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

I'm sorry, But LOL! Such A Cutie, tho!

1honeychild
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5 months ago

A German Dachshund

Marcy J Klucznik
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5 months ago

50 percent dachshund, and they're German, so, no problem

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KP Callahan
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2 months ago

Former running back returns without uniform, but with eye black

Tabitha Harper
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2 months ago

What the mutt?!😂

Caryl Cole
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5 months ago

That's a great look...I like it!

Mickie Ramos
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5 months ago

He's actually quite adorable!!

Dutch VanZandt
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5 months ago

For shepherding lambs and miniature goats!

Tanya Klieve
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5 months ago

I see a little corgi in the legs!

Carmen Stanca
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5 months ago

Wonderful euphemism!

Paul Jordan
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5 months ago

awwwwwwww.... so cute

Pamela Scott
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5 months ago

Cutest little German Shepard ever!

Roger King II
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5 months ago

Dachshund/Jack Russell Mix?

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

He has the right attitude. This made my day, lol, but just because it's like in his mind...he thinks he's 2 German Shepards

Ana M
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5 months ago

Beautiful!

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

Basset hound?

Renee Schreader
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5 months ago

So cute!!!

Christy Smith
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5 months ago

He’s a funny looking little fellow ❤️

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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5 months ago

Little dog in a fur coat that's all

Robert Greisberg
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5 months ago

Don't tell him that he is not

Cathy Proctor
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5 months ago

I bet he's still tough

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

He’s beautiful and a perfect size!

Amanda Hunter
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5 months ago

She knows you're talking about her.

Donna Lucille
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5 months ago

Ah, the elusive Bassett/Shepherd!

ClaudiaDarla03
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5 months ago

its so cute lol

Wilma Sliwiak
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5 months ago

Compact model

Autumn Quigley
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5 months ago

i love it

Ayli Nickerson
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5 months ago

soooo beautiful

Hannah Jones
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5 months ago

He's probably mixed with Corgi or maybe Aussie Shepherd

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

SO WHAT! LOOKS SMART!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

Such a cutie pie!!!

Diana Jean Mungcal
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5 months ago

Best description EVER!

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

I really need to know what is in this dog lol! Is it Corgi or Sausage dog

Barbara Stewart
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5 months ago

He/she is cute.

zims
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5 months ago

Corgi!

Melody Barnoski
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5 months ago

Too cute! Haha

Susan Riley
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5 months ago

Adorable!

Sue Knerl
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5 months ago

If somewhat short legged.

melbfk
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5 months ago

Beautiful! I hope the mom was the bigger half.

Lynn Hussey
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5 months ago

Hahaha! 'Well pronounced eye brows' love it!

Emily Burlingame
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5 months ago

he may very well be a GSD mix; dwarfism actually occurs in the breed periodically, but breeders don't want to perpetuate it. used to see it at a shelter i worked at.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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5 months ago

He's so cute!!!!

Warren Eakins
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5 months ago

Did they say this pup would be so cute?

Chris DiFonso
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5 months ago

Love the tail. And the dog looks terrifying lol

Linda Nulph
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5 months ago

Looks like a cross between a Cogi and a German Shepard so now it is a ?

Linda Nulph
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5 months ago

That dog is so darn cute looks like s cross between a cogi and German Shepherd so now it is a

Cynthia Nostrant
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5 months ago

Looks like a Corgi/Rottweiler mix

Christine Myers
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5 months ago

Doberman and corgi is my guess

Sel Bonda
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5 months ago

The sheeps have to herd this guy/gal!

Elaine Connelly
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5 months ago

A sub compact

Sakeena
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5 months ago

That expression tho lol

Lorena Hamilton
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5 months ago

Beautiful dog.

Sharon Collier
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5 months ago

Looks like my old dog---an English Shepherd. They have a VERY thick undercoat! And the sweetest disposition!

Nana To 2 Boys
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5 months ago

He is still adorable!!!

Ann Aldridge
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5 months ago

He's southern german... aren't they a smidge shorter? Lol

Katinka Min
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5 months ago

He looks like he has a really big ego, though :-) What a cutie!

panda to nobody
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5 months ago

LMAO

Karen Johnston
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5 months ago

He looks disgusted with himself.

Jene Becker
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5 months ago

German SHEPHERD! There's no such thing as a "shepard?!"

Jim Kang
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5 months ago

Looks like a Doberman/Corgie mix. Which would be totally cool.

Melissa Mcmanis
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5 months ago

That is clearly a dashound

Up All Night
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5 months ago

Have you ever seen a Cardigan Corgi?

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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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