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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6 months ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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6 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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6 months ago

What about the dog?

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Laugh or not
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6 months ago

Hello Darkness, my old friend. You are the cutest, in this Land.

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Jo Choto
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6 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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6 months ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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Lotus Flower
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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6 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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6 months ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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6 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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6 months ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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6 months ago

I don't understand people referring to their dogs as "it"

Jasmina Pavlovic
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6 months ago

For me it's always he/she or the name. It's not a thing, it's a living, adorable friend. 🐶

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Mark
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6 months ago

Yeah look what happened, no back legs and no tail ;)

Charlotte Dupre
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6 months ago

Beagle lab mix maybe

Karin Gibson
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6 months ago

IT???........ Someone call Animal Rescue.

Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
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6 months ago

Calling a dog IT sounds like they perceive a living entity as with an inanimate object. Someone rescue that baby from the robots!

Lynsey Gowenlock
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6 months ago

Ummm this looks very much like a lab...i dont get it🤔. Lab cross maybe but not a completely different breed. Maybe the person doesnt know its dog breeds!

Nikki Haines
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6 months ago

I don't understand what's happening here.

Silja Hare
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6 months ago

I don't get it. Except for a hint of border collie, that looks like a yellow lab.

Andre Sabbagh
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6 months ago

Looks like a lab to me

Lizz Yiayia
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6 months ago

No wonder IT looks so sad.

Lizz Yiayia
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6 months ago

Do you still refer to your dog as “IT” because I know people who would be happy to have IT and would definitely give IT a name.

Vick Selvig
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6 months ago

That little fur baby has its ears pointed down they only do that when they think they are in trouble or being chastised I hope it's just because it's bath day

Diane Yousif
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6 months ago

Been the. Adopted a rescue. Was told he was full grown at 40 lbs and a lab. He made it to 96lbs an was a lab mixed with greyhound! A sweet numb nut that could run really fast! Lived 13 great years.

Jessica Cifelli
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6 months ago

Looks like a beagle face but the color faded.

Rebecca Bucholtz
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6 months ago

It could have lab in there somewhere

Kathleen McNeil
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6 months ago

Looks like my yellow lab.

Valentina Lattante
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6 months ago

that's just half a dog!

Susan Cartwright
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6 months ago

She is the image of my daughters dog, a lab beagle cross

Susan Westmoreland
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6 months ago

Definitely a lot of lab in there though

Carol Emory
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6 months ago

That's a lab boxer mix

Hafida
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6 months ago (edited)

Gorgeous eyes and doggo

Liz Sahlin
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2 months ago

...things happened, but you were already lost at the first whoff. 😊

Lorena Magee
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5 months ago

If “it” has a thingy hanging down from the belly, probably a male. If not, probably a female. :-)

sharron lynn parsons
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6 months ago

Very adorable !!!

Tanya Klieve
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6 months ago

She looks mostly Lab to me. Love her and she will be forever faithful.

Jodie Fraser
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6 months ago

Looks like a beagle cross

Frederick Kinneary
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6 months ago

You are the "it".

Frederick Kinneary
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6 months ago

He / She is not an "it"

Kim Ewin-Gøbel
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6 months ago

might have some hound in him with the white markings, but still adorable.

Ana M
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6 months ago

She or he is gorgeous!!!

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

The dog is beautiful and just love Him!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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6 months ago

Poor pup doesn't look very happy. Not to be awful but this owner is very concerned with appearances. Poor doggy, I wish I could take him. He would be happy then.

Faith Nicole
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6 months ago (edited)

Why do you refer to your dog as an it.. "it" is either a she or a he

Gitta Landgraf
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6 months ago

GREW UP TO A VERY NICE DOGGIE

Johanne Trudeau
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6 months ago

Oh, there's definitely Lab in there somewhere... I just hope that all of these people on this page have not been charged the high price of a purebred dog... Love all the beautiful pups here...

Seannie Coulter
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6 months ago

I don’t think the owner meant to say it— all these tweets were originally in Spanish; I think whoever translated them just put “it” by mistake. This one literally has a heart emoji in it too. If you don’t believe me just tap on their twitter handle in grey right above the upvote/downvote buttons :)

Seannie Coulter
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6 months ago

Don’t worry guys, all these tweets were originally in Spanish; I think whoever translated them just put “it” by mistake. This one literally has a heart emoji in it too. If you don’t believe me just tap on their twitter handle in grey right above the upvote/downvote buttons :)

Nancy Palmer
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6 months ago

Your dog looks like he knows he has been a disappointment to you - I hope you show the poor thing some love. Not his fault they lied to you.

Ashley Kellers
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6 months ago

I hate the whole tone of this post. The dog doesn't even look happy.....

Lynn Morello
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6 months ago

It' looks like a gorgeous caring babe, Now whether this is a boy or a girl. It certainly is NOT an IT.

Ria Moncada
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6 months ago

I can definitely see the lab in her. Too Cute.

Stacey Grant
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6 months ago

Looks like a Lab to me!

Stacey Grant
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6 months ago

Still looks like a Lab!

Devon
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6 months ago

It?? Seriously?? Pfft...

Sue Knerl
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6 months ago

If it's neutered/spayed, it's and it.

Bored Silly
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6 months ago

Dogs are not IT. This is a living breathing being. Not a thing. Please do not say IT.

Tina Harbour
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6 months ago

deffo has some Lab in the mix,though🥰

Candi Tucker
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6 months ago

He or she has beautiful beagle eyes!!

Candi Tucker
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6 months ago

That baby has beagle eyes!

Mike Rodrick
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6 months ago

Looks like part German Shepherd.

Jerri Murray
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6 months ago

Neither do I. Looks like a yellow lab to me at least half

Bill Meyer
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6 months ago

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Hollie Newton
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6 months ago

Why does the head look bigger than the body? Is that just me?

Becky Moore
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6 months ago

Someone stole his back legs!

Ruby
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6 months ago

?

Jennifer Schlager Sufat
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6 months ago

So this one makes me sad. He’s definitely a lab mix. But he/she is not smiling at their owner which says something else.

Heather A
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6 months ago

How sad this beautiful pup is just an "it". You reap what you sow!!!

Bill Meyer
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6 months ago (edited)

Still looks like a lab mix. What's wrong? And why are you calling him/her "it"? I hope you love this dog because, trust me, IT loves you!

Kathleen Clark
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6 months ago

Person "it" needs to surrender this sweetie Lab to someone who will love labs and not call it IT!!

Maria Ivan
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6 months ago

You know grammatically, that is the corect way of calling it, right? He/she is only used for humans. Also English is not everyone's first language, so we non-native speakers do use the the grammar rules strictly. We use "it"as a neutral.

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Lotus Flower
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6 months ago

Short haired lab maybe?

Dilly Millandry
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6 months ago

Don't labradors have short hair? It's Golden Retrievers that come with all the floof isn't it?

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Linda HS
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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