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.

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

Looks like a giant goofy-goober combo who is in desperate need of a belly rub.😜😘💜

glowworm2
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5 months ago

A super cute pony though!

April Grantham
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5 months ago

Um...medium no? Greyhound for sure lol gorgeous tho

Danielle Deibler
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5 months ago

Maybe Greyhound/Dane/Pharaoh Hound? Whatever that's a cutie and kudos to you for keeping the love bug. So many people return when animals get big.

Bradford Johnson
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5 months ago

a pony!

Chris DiFonso
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5 months ago

Good looking dog

Martti Laurson
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5 months ago

Can't really grasp the size from these pictures.

elfin
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5 months ago

It is medium sized for a pony.

Lotus Flower
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5 months ago

Awwwww

Cynthia Marrs
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5 months ago

Darling girl.

Nicole Taylor
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5 months ago

Definitely greyhound. We have a whippet cross and she's medium sized

Ripley
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5 months ago

But what a beautiful pony!

Ani Archeron
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5 months ago

i have her in a small version! I know mine at least to be a mix of kelpie and whippet - maybe this is what happens when the whippet is traded with greyhound?

Felipe StillChill
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5 months ago

I love that profile pic XD

Karin Gibson
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5 months ago

Greyhound lurcher type but very cute.

Magda Kočičková
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5 months ago

What a cutie☺

sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

A beautiful greyhound !!!

Marlene Ricker
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5 months ago

He is certainly a gorgeous pony, nonetheless.

Mickie Ramos
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5 months ago

The old bait n switch!

Deeno
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5 months ago

Same thing happened to us! Our is part greyhound! Small, stinky horse.

Mumof1
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5 months ago

A medium sized pony ;)

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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5 months ago

My old sweet Bones! Bones-5e98...1e694d.jpg Bones-5e98cc01e694d.jpg

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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5 months ago

That's a wondrous greyhound! Take her for a nice run!

Zoey Hicks
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5 months ago

I have the same dog but black and white

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

More Southern than a Greyhound...regions Italy to Egypt even...Podenco, Farao hound mix because of the pointed ears or even a one of a kind...nice looking dog though. Bye

Sue Sanders
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5 months ago

But you gotta love him. Good-looking, sweetheart, all-time best friend. Woof!

Penny Harrison
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5 months ago

Didn't you always want a pony, as a child !!!! Wishes do come true.

Mireia Dos
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5 months ago

Ok, I know it's not medium, but I can't tell if it's big or small.

Ana M
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5 months ago

She is so beautiful!

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

Definitely grey hound.

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

I am sure He or She Is a wonderful joy now!

JJM
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5 months ago

She's lovely!

Hana Abera
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5 months ago

he looks like my Bo!

CincyReds
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5 months ago

Adorable!

Ayli Nickerson
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5 months ago

aww probably a great dane mix!!! mine is really big!!!

Lisa Shaw
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5 months ago

I'd say its a greyhound/great dane mix, based on the pictures.

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

DON'T YOU LOVE PONIES?????

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Definitely looks greyhound. I feel sad when I think of greyhounds and other racing dogs.

Stacey Grant
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5 months ago

Uuuummmm.... That's a Greyhound

Naomi Cline
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5 months ago

I like ponies!

Sue Knerl
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5 months ago

Yep.

melbfk
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5 months ago

What a gorgeous pony and I bet it's house trained, too.

Bored Silly
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5 months ago

What a pretty baby with the flower in her ear.

Elizabeth Evans
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5 months ago

But you love 💕 him anyway.

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

Oh, my she is beautiful with a very trusting disposition. But please check that left rear paw/pads. looks very swollen......Please.

Silvia Jafet
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5 months ago

a very happy one though

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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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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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