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 :)

Cathy Coyer
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6 months ago

to dog experienced people, yes. To the general public, who have never seen most breeds as puppies, don't have the experience to know what the puppy version looks like

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Sharon Ingram
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6 months ago

Wow! We should say all pitties in The shelter are something else. They'll be adopted and people will see how sweet and loving they are.

ManicMantisShrimp
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6 months ago

Believe me, shelters *do* say pitties are something else

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Yvette Huggins
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6 months ago

100% BEAUTIFUL PERFECT BLUE PIT BULL! I would know. 😁❤💜💙💚💛

Joanna Payen
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6 months ago

What an absolutely gorgeous silver lady 😍

3ke
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6 months ago

What a sweet angel pittie mix

Christine Myers
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6 months ago

Looks like Bunni might have some pitbull genes

Vick Selvig
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6 months ago

Pit bull and Gorgeous !

Karin Gibson
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6 months ago

pure bread Pitty

Pamela E Brueckner
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6 months ago

MAXI PIT BULL

Manda Leigh
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6 months ago

Pretty Pittie.. I like that her collar matches her lipstick. 💗

Pam Hautamaki
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6 months ago

Yeah,I’m thinking that’s a sweet pittie

Maragitado Manu
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6 months ago

looks a lot like my Pit Bull :) :)

Alice Jena
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6 months ago

Pit bull is slang; this is a Staffordshire Terrier

Cindy Fisher
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6 months ago

Bunnie is beautiful! She looks like purebred Pit! Sweetest face

Kat Rogers
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6 months ago

OOOMG~ THAT PUPPER IS ONE GORGEOUS GRAY GIRL!

Carmen Reyes-Alvarez
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6 months ago

That’s a pittie

Cheyenne Arnett
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6 months ago

Blue nosed pits are so cute

BrandX Nunya
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6 months ago

She's a beauty

Lily Mae Kitty
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3 months ago

how can anyone mistake a pit bull for a dachshund?

Ashley Conover
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5 months ago

Pittie!!

Lorena Magee
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5 months ago

Looks like pit mix

sharron lynn parsons
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6 months ago

Looks like a pit bull, great family dog !!!

Dutch VanZandt
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6 months ago

I think the son deceived the mother intentionally... not really a case of mistaken breed.

Kim Bush
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6 months ago

Beautiful animal

Kim Lorton
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6 months ago

She is beautiful, and looks like a pittie mix! Wonderful!

Casey Hardiman
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6 months ago

I've seen pittys with some wild breed mix descriptions, but doxin....thats new....

Beatriz Rosales
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6 months ago

The sweet of all 🥰🥰🌷

Pascale Pierloot
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6 months ago

You overdid yourself with calling her a mini...should have gone for maxi.

Ana M
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6 months ago

She is gorgeous!!!!

CR Harvey
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6 months ago

Looks like a beautiful pittie to me

jevais
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6 months ago

Such a beauty! Lovely couleur. Love her face, so sweet.

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

A lot of major miss understanding in this case, not at all the dogs breed!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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6 months ago

mini Staffy hehehehe

Wilma Sliwiak
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6 months ago

Not one ounce of dachshund! These are great dogs though

Leesa DeAndrea
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6 months ago

Was that their idea of a joke?

CincyReds
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6 months ago

I don't ever see how you could have thought this was a mini dachshund..... regardless, awesome dog!

Gitta Landgraf
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6 months ago

VERY TRICKY TO CALL BUNNI A MINI DACHSHUND! :-) :-) :-)

Bleu Andersen
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6 months ago

Look at that punim!!! It needs kisses.

Johanne Trudeau
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6 months ago

Hahaha!!! Mixed with a pit bull... Sucky face...

Claire Armstrong
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6 months ago

Definitely got Staffie or Pit Bull in her

Diana Jean Mungcal
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6 months ago

Beautiful smile!

Ang.stl
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6 months ago

I thought my 22.1 pound dachshund/ papillon mix was bad! I won’t complain anymore, though she’s so big from being overweight rather than overgrown.

Jane Alexander
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6 months ago

Nobody loves you like your pit bull does! Nobody!

Ria Moncada
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6 months ago

Sweet, looks to have a good amount of Pit in her. Beautiful puppets!

Sue Knerl
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6 months ago

Pittie!

melbfk
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6 months ago

She looks so soft but does your mom know she's got a bit more growing to do?

PanditoBandito
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6 months ago

My Pitties name is Bunny too!!! She's in my profile pic w me! BunnyBunnyBunny

Carol Emory
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6 months ago

Blue nose pitt?

Pretty Pangolin
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6 months ago

Her coat is gorgeous!

Linda HS
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6 months ago

My question exactly

Heather A
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6 months ago

Looks like a mostly-pittie. Much smarter than a Weiner dog!😘

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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"

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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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