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.

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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?

blugeagua
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5 months ago

They never said they were. They just said that they thought he would be something else.

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BrandX Nunya
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5 months ago

Aww but just look at that adorable face 💚

tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

Who cares. Just look at that sweetness.

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

Well....hes TRYING! He's just stuck in "sweet little cuddle bug " mode. I KNOW you picked him up after this pic! No WAY THAT FACE didn't get picked up! 💜😁😘

Destiny Rose
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5 months ago

Master has given Dobby a blankie. Dobby...is...LOVED!

Donna Smeltzer
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5 months ago

Cutest thing Ever!

Mumof1
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5 months ago

so cute

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

Ahhh, Yeeess, I See Poodle... Back 2 Generations or so... IT'S THERE~ Just VERY Recessive! WHAT IS TOTALLY CLEAR TO THE NAKED 👀... 100% PURE CUTENESS!!

Ana M
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5 months ago

He is a sweetheart!!!!

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

Sweetie.

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

There is sooooooo much love staring right at you!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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5 months ago

This one must be one of those people who only want designer animals. She doesn't seem very happy with the poor pup. I hope he is okay :(

ClaudiaDarla03
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5 months ago

they look like a baby lamb

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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5 months ago

sweet eyes

Hafida
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5 months ago

Too handsome for a poodle

jevais
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5 months ago

Sorry to have downed your up vote. Poodles are very smart, funny, loving and loyal dogs. My daddy had one for hunting ducks etc. Best watch dog ever and he guarded our home like a lion. He was very kind and patient with children. My learned to walk by gripping his fur. Bijoux I'll love you for ever. My bother is now 61. Bijoux was my best friend like all the four legged friends I had the privilege of living with.

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Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

But holymosesandallhistablets! Sooooo cute!!! ❤️

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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5 months ago

This boy is pure love-floof

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

Euhm, no curls could have been a clue

Faith Nicole
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5 months ago

Aww.. those eyes are so full of love and that nose...it needs to be booped, right now 😍

Leesa DeAndrea
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5 months ago

On the plus side, this pup will not need the same intensity grooming that poodles do.

CincyReds
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5 months ago

Just look at that face!

Deborah Orr
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5 months ago

A most smoochable face!!!!!!

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

LOOKING INTO THIS EYES - WHO'S INTERESTED IN A POODLE OR ANOTHER DOG?

Pavel Dana
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5 months ago

Such tender eyes !

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Maybe he's a Sphinx Poodle lol! He's adorable regardless of what he is

Ria Moncada
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5 months ago

"A Poodle" Too funny, but none the less, A KEEPER =)

Joyce Berman
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5 months ago

He's very cute though.

Susan Riley
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5 months ago

Just say he's a "Smooth-coated" poodle.

Tina Harbour
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5 months ago

Jack Russell or terrier,maybe?

Rae Black
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5 months ago

What a sweetheart!

Allison Woodfill
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5 months ago

So fricken cute

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

No no, you misheard, they said "Puddle" not poodle!

Bahamut
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5 months ago

hiya edie (frasier reference)

Mari Bryant
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5 months ago

Those ears are awesome. 😁

Kirsten Eckert-Smith
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5 months ago

What a beautiful, loving face!

Christine Myers
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5 months ago

Sweet and cute face

Lynda Brown
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5 months ago

Gorgeous boy ❤️

Melanie Hess
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5 months ago

He's darling !

Sofia Sternberg
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5 months ago

Too cute

Carol Emory
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5 months ago

I'd take this dog over a poodle any day.

pusheen buttercup
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5 months ago

so cuteeee!

Bonnie Meyer
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5 months ago

Adorable

Jjjane20
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5 months ago

He so sweet.. ❤️

Karin Gibson
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5 months ago

Not a speck of poodle there.

Yoka V
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5 months ago

Ears!!

Pretty Pangolin
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5 months ago

Oh, he's perfect! Love his ears.

Pobin Rice
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5 months ago

You’re clearly an idiot

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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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