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.

Frisinator
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5 months ago

Maybe ate a couple of cocker spaniels

NanZ
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5 months ago

I was thinking of saying that they need to stop feeding the dog twice what it needs. It is not good for the dog.

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

Yeah, one of those giant cocker spaniels, you know...

Jackie Day
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5 months ago

Right, like the kind you throw a saddle on and go for a ride..

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Michelle Chevalier
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5 months ago

Maybe they meant the rare giant cocker spaniel

karlinn mcvicker2
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5 months ago

I can't help it! I really lol'd!

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Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

If a cocker spaniel was a fat chocolate lab. 😜💜

Jackie Day
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5 months ago

How could u think that was a cocker?

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Monty Is Fiennes
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5 months ago

Black Labs!!!! :)

Karin Gibson
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5 months ago

That is one chubby Bubby

Heather A
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5 months ago

Overfed!

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

Nooo... I believe what They Said was: He Could EAT A Cocker Spaniel! But, AWWW, HE'S SOOO CUTE!

Michaele Birch
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5 months ago

Dogs are NOT "its" you jackass!

Linda HS
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5 months ago

Has the same eyes!🤪

Stille20
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5 months ago

In fairness, there as no way he look like a potential cocker spaniel as a pupper

Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

He can still sit on your lap. Believe me, he can!

Marlene Ricker
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5 months ago

They iied!

William Pitre
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5 months ago

That is what I put under the column of Chonkers

Kris Tate Roach
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5 months ago

It is the size of a Cocker Spaniel, right?.....Oh wait, you mean the dog. I thought you meant the thing in its mouth. My bad. LOL (such a gorgeous dog!!)

Pamela Scott
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5 months ago

Super sized spaniel maybe!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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5 months ago

Big Boy Spaniel. What's the matter with him?

Sue Sanders
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5 months ago

Love this beautiful guy! That expression is to die for.

Jacquelyn Baker
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5 months ago

I think you were lied to but look at those beautiful eyes! He's a sweetheart.

katboxjanitor
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5 months ago

This is one heckuva cocker spaniel!

Ana M
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5 months ago

He is a Labrador, isn't he?

backatya
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5 months ago

nice dog

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

It was, for about a minute..

Cindy Davis
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5 months ago

a very very large cocker spaniel :)

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

I bet you have had a great time with Him!

Amanda Hunter
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5 months ago

Look at that face.

Dave Millar
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5 months ago

Oh Come ON! It's a Lab or Lab x the sweetest walking stomach on 4 legs.

Lisa Shaw
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5 months ago

This one confuses me, because Labs are the easiest to identify as puppies, even when they are a mix.

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

Black Lab, one of the kindest hearts in the canine world...

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Did he maybe eat the cocker spaniel? Lol

Barbara Stewart
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5 months ago

Whoops

Stacey Grant
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5 months ago

Looks like a regular ol black lab to me. even as a puppy I'm not sure how somebody would mistake that face for a smaller dog

Melody Barnoski
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5 months ago

Black lab?

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

My, that is small furniture you've got !

Teresa Rodden
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5 months ago

Sweet baby

Chris DiFonso
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5 months ago

The left off the rest of the sentence, which was "...on steroids."

Laura Williams
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5 months ago

Looks like it has a cocker spaniel in its mouth!

Id row
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5 months ago

That lab needs to lose about 10 pounds.

Ashley Kuras-Schoonbeek
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5 months ago

This is how I imagined Sirius Black when I read the Prisoner of Azkaban

Nikki D
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5 months ago

A blessing in disguise. Such a sweet, kind face

Nana To 2 Boys
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5 months ago

Absolutely adorable!!!

Vick Selvig
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5 months ago

On steroids!!

panda to nobody
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5 months ago

"it"??? Who calls their dog "it"?

April Grantham
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5 months ago

Lab

Ramya Nambu
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5 months ago

he/she is adawwwrable!

kaburrida
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5 months ago

That poor cocker spaniel would be as obese as this dog is

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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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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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