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?

Gabi
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5 months ago

Thank you, I almost choked on my morning coffee!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Борис Решетов
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5 months ago

Well, they're still dogs. In Russia piglets were sold as bull Terriers 3e2d0aea7f...60d058.jpg 3e2d0aea7fc9509d8726314d71b80495-mini-pigs-english-bull-terriers-5e947ae60d058.jpg

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂 OMG I CANT! 😂😂😂😂😂 THANK YOU! I NEEDED THAT!!! 💜❤

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Carol Emory
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5 months ago (edited)

The other 12.5% is probably the boxer. Most shelters have no idea what kind of dog comes into them. One woman that brought her dog to us at the groom shop said the shelter told her it was a poodle mix. As the groomer trimmed the dog, she said "This is no poodle mix...It's a purebred Havanese." When we told the owner upon her return..she said "What does that mean?" I said "It means you got a $1500 dog for $40....." Her jaw dropped.

Bleu Andersen
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5 months ago

Adoption is always the answer.

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C
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5 months ago

A lot of shelters will call a dog anything besides pitbull / American staffordshire mix. Since there is such a stigma a lot of people are less likely to adopt them

Bleu Andersen
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5 months ago

Any there is still breed-specific stipulations that effect home-owners insurance and your ability to walk your (gentle, never a violent incident) pibble without a muzzle. It is so not fair. That is why my pibble was listed on her adoption papers as "terrier mix". Still, I had to show those papers to my home-owners insurance company to keep them from cancelling my coverage.

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PanditoBandito
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5 months ago

PLEASE recreate this picture every year then share with us!

KimTx
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5 months ago

100% BFF!

Leslea Freeman
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5 months ago

Good stock anyways! That little baby will have a best friend & security services for a long time

Donna Leske
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5 months ago

Even a dog can have dreams. He dreamed of being a boxer.

Diana Jean Mungcal
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5 months ago

Look at those two, plotting to take over the world. Best babysitter ever, I'm sure!

Lynn Hussey
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5 months ago

HOLY Cow (maybe there's some of that in him as well) that's quite a mixture! Beautiful dog~

Kelly Hartle
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5 months ago

The pit mixes (Staffordshire Terrier) are the sweetest. Our lab/pit mix has only hurt one person—me, when she tried to run away from a rabbit!

Ang.stl
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5 months ago

Even my dachshund/Papillion mix knows you CHASE the bunnies!! And squirrels. Everything else is a maybe.

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Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

.... and 100% gorgeous !!

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

He's EVERYTHING! (literally!)😜

Susan Mercurio
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5 months ago

Heinz 57

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Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

Check your own mix and you will be stunned to.

Dutch VanZandt
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5 months ago

Putting the 'MASS' in mastiff!

Kim Bush
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5 months ago

With that mix I wouldn't want to be the fool who tried to mess with his little buddy by his side, he'll be a protective and loyal friend forever

Beatriz Rosales
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5 months ago

Sweet baby 🥰

Jacquelyn Baker
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5 months ago

I think the mastiff had the strongest genes. Big boy.

Ana M
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5 months ago

So, not a small dog.

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

So big both in His stature but I bet He is very much loved and you love Him very much!

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

HE TAKES CARE OF YOUR CHILD! BELIEVE ME!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

An international boy...

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

OK, what is an American Staffordshire terrier? I thought you only got the 'English' Staffordshire terrier (we just call it a Staffie), and then you have a Pit Bull Terrier. I've never heard of an American Staffie, neither had my partner. You learn something new every day

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5 months ago

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Pamela E Brueckner
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5 months ago

That picture....PRICELESS

melbfk
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5 months ago

Trade in not an option.

Mary Jaye
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5 months ago

omG!

Michael Cranford
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5 months ago

Congratulations!

Tenzin Moore
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5 months ago

we used to have a mastiff we killed it two weeks ago

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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?

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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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