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!

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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.

Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

Or Benji...

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Cassie
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5 months ago

Benji!!

Rissie
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5 months ago

What a cutie he became :)

Lotus Flower
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5 months ago

He’s a sweet baby

April Grantham
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5 months ago

Very Beautiful but doesn't look like the same dog in each pic. Look at the shape of the ears?

WakeupGrandOwl
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5 months ago

It's the same shape, perspective is a funny thing. Also as they mature some things will change slightly.

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Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

Benicio was switched at birth. I hear LIFETIME MOVIE calling!! ❤😂

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

NOTHING WRONG ABOUT IT!!! HAVE A LOOK TO THIS EYES!!!!

Melanie Hess
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5 months ago

He's still adorable !

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

When He Was A Baby, WAS HIS TAIL EEEVER PUT IN AN ELECTRICAL SOCKET?? Because THAT Would Explain It.😅 HE IS ADORABLE NONETHELESS! *Try a little ORGANIC COCONUT OIL TO SMOOTH SOME OF THAT FRIZZ... Works 4 Me!😂

Anna roberts
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5 months ago

Not the same dog

Maggie Dougherty
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5 months ago

Benicio, has a smile as a baby, and a question mark, as an adult..I love your dog, Rodrigo..❤️❤️❤️

Peter Bear
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5 months ago

Such a handsome boy!

Hisseefit
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5 months ago

Benji

Perfumista Perfumista
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5 months ago

He looks like he's part Dandie Dinmont. Grew up with Dandie's, love them.

sharron lynn parsons
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5 months ago

Love this baby !!!

Dutch VanZandt
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5 months ago

That is a surprising transformation... definitely looks like a spaniel pup!

Terri DeJong
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5 months ago

Benji!! From my youth

Joy Stowe
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5 months ago

I love terrier mixes. I had one that looks like your dogs' twin and she lived happily for 17 and a half years!

Brenda Low
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5 months ago

He is so cute

Pamela Scott
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5 months ago

Cute and cuddle!

Kim Bush
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5 months ago

Sorry but are we supposed to believe this is the same dog?

Rachael Mary Stanley
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5 months ago

My hair's changed in middle-age. May be I'm benicio.

Kim Ewin-Gøbel
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5 months ago

the ears are different, they're not the same dog. very cute doggies though, both of them.

Pobin Rice
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5 months ago

Handsome

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

The Border Terrier sure looks a lot like yours

Sue Sanders
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5 months ago

Your little surprise package. A cutie at both ends of time.

Ana M
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5 months ago

He is handsome!!!

Louise Brigance
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5 months ago

what a cutie

Susann Campbell
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5 months ago

My sister has had at least three of these dogs and everyone of them was as smart and clever as a well trained dog.

Cathy Proctor
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5 months ago

I think you got the good mix...adorable

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

He is adorable!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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5 months ago

How beautiful!!

Landon DeSonne
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5 months ago

in his baby picture he's smiling!

Barbara Jones
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5 months ago

He looks like Benji!! :)

Faith Nicole
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5 months ago

Oh my goodness 😍 he kind of looks like a labrador in the pic on the left but with fuzzy little ears... the dog on the right is so adorable, how in the world did he transform into that though? They look like 2 completely different dogs

Andrea Brants-Bragg
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5 months ago

Spitting image of Benji. Cute as a shiny, new, button!

Pavel Dana
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5 months ago

Cute !

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

Adorable...

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Maybe he's an offspring of Lady and Tramp lol

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

He definitely did start off like a spaniel lol! Wasn't Lady in Lady and the Tramp a spaniel? Been years since I saw that movie

Maggie Dougherty
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5 months ago (edited)

He started off as a cutie, and ended up as, beautiful, Rodrigo. You are a lucky man.I love his color, and his chest markings❤️❤️

Stacey Grant
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5 months ago

Terrier (fox probably) mix

Cynthia Preston
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5 months ago

K thjnk someone swapped pups on ya. From cocker spaniel to bichon jack russel cross hes the spitting image of my tommy !

Sue Knerl
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5 months ago

Or Benji. Terrier for sure.

Todd Gifford
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5 months ago

That's Benji

Gia Pascarelli
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5 months ago

Perfectly adorable terrier baby

melbfk
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5 months ago

Are you sure someone didn't switch puppies on you. No matter what Benicio is quite a handsome boy.

Tina Harbour
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5 months ago

Looks like Benji😍

Tiffiny
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5 months ago

That’s Benji

Cynthia Marrs
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5 months ago

Darling

George Hudacko
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5 months ago

I love him but I love scruffy muts!

Gigi Baldez
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5 months ago

Adorable!

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
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5 months ago

A cutie for sure!!

Mari Bryant
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5 months ago

Looks like Benji.

Lisa Pockat Bork
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5 months ago

Very cute pupper!

Lisa Fleming
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5 months ago

Beautiful

Christine Myers
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5 months ago

Another cutie pie

Joyce Deering
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5 months ago

Aaaawwww! Too cute!

Cheryl Kirby
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5 months ago

Look up the rare breed Berger picard

Johan Bauwens
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5 months ago

They are different dogs.

Sarah Malicoat
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5 months ago

Scruffy dogs are the best!

Lady Laura
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5 months ago

So cute!!!!!!

Lorena Hamilton
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5 months ago

Beautiful dog!!

NanZ
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5 months ago

SURPRISE!! Cute dog!

Babbs Hunt
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5 months ago

It’s Beni

Natasha Leak
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5 months ago

Looks like a norfolk terrier, it's what we have.

karlinn mcvicker2
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5 months ago

Cutie ❤️

Jasmina Pavlovic
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5 months ago

So sweet ...

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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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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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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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