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?

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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.

Iliana Adler
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5 months ago

It helps knowing the mix to be aware of possible health issues. I adopted a mustang horse born in the wild, I was told he would be medium-sized not more than 800 pounds, well his DNA came back as draft mix, heavy draft and Irish, because of that I was ready to see him past all the markers, he is about 1200 pounds, I knew that he was going to be grained and that I had to hold off molasses, since some Irish breeds are insulin resistance, so it is not really a waste of money.

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

Half poodle...half deer?

Yaz Cam
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5 months ago

Seems half Bambi

Carol Emory
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5 months ago

There's a breed called Braque Du Bourbonnais. It looks like this dog. Not very common.

Bleu Andersen
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5 months ago

Half mule deer, half sneaky neighbor dog.

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

Half Poodle & Half Puddle~ As In A PUPPER LOUNGER... It's like The 🐕 Version of A COUCH POTATO! That's MY Story And I'M Stickin To IT.😅😻

CR Harvey
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5 months ago

Other half Appaloosa?

Jessica Cifelli
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5 months ago

Beautiful markings!

Rebecca Bucholtz
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5 months ago (edited)

@Dilly Millandry if you have the money, I think it would be a great conversation piece. Besides, why do we want to know what we are? Just to know. I have believed myself to be 100% German all my life. So, imagine my surprise to find Scandinavia in me. It is the Viking raiders!

Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Gorgeous markings.

Kate Sly
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4 months ago

Omg looks just like my little man and i have no idea what he is!!🤣🤣

Mickie Ramos
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5 months ago

Half Poodle?? With what...Catahoula??

Sheila McCarthy
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5 months ago

Something got mixed up there. Looks like a heeler to me. Beautiful!

Callie Ge
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5 months ago

Half Catahula Leopard Dog?

Tammy Ralph
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5 months ago

Almost every time I'm on walks with my dog people stop to admire him and ask what breed he is, I would love to be able to tell them. I also out of pure curiosity would love to know, and until just now I didn't know you could get a DNA test for dogs.

Pam Allan Courter
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5 months ago

looks like a fawn!

Kim Ewin-Gøbel
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5 months ago

we used to have a smooth coated dog that was half poodle and half terrier. She didn't inherit the curly coat.

Beatriz Rosales
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5 months ago

Beautil spots 🥰🥰🥰

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

This looks like Bambi...🤟

Ana M
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5 months ago

I think a beautiful, gorgeous dog!!!

Anna roberts
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5 months ago

What half? I sure would not have called that one at all

Karen Lyon
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5 months ago

Sure. Half standard poodle, not miniature! My brother and sister-in-law have had standard poodles for years now, they can be a pretty good size.

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

I agree with Dilly’s answer!

Dawn Everly
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5 months ago

Fawn coloring! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

WHATEVER! LOOK HOW HE TRUSTS YOU!

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

WOW!!! Love the marking. They're very close to the English Setter...

Ang.stl
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5 months ago

The coat on this guy is gorgeous! I don’t know that I’ve seen that kind of markings on a lighter colored dog, usually greys or black and brown. I love it in all the colors, but this is a first for me.

Ria Moncada
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5 months ago

Unique coat. Happy little snoozer =)

Dave Chapman
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5 months ago

He/she has some really unique colourations, looks very healthy and content...and sleeeeepppyyyyy...

Naomi Cline
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5 months ago

It’s a baby deer!

Up All Night
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5 months ago

What is the other half, because those are some insane markings!

Aimee Simmons
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5 months ago

Apartment, or housing complexes, and even HOA's have a banned breed list, and insist on dna tests if they think the dog LOOKS like one. My husband and I lost our two rescue Roxers (rottweiler/Boxer mix) when we were forced to move. It was heart breaking.

Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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5 months ago

beautiful boi

melbfk
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5 months ago

How pretty.

Sharon Madsen
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5 months ago

What beautiful markings!

CARMEN FLORES
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5 months ago

Oh, those markings...Beautiful.

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

Half poodle half ROYALTY! "WHERE IS MY TI-AR-A?" 😂😂😂🐾🐾❤

Leslie Parker
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5 months ago

Red healer mix too.

Diane Lloyd
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5 months ago

A fawn with dog feet

Tim Skeens
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5 months ago

Half poodle half deer

Silja Hare
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5 months ago

Wooooooow that is an amazing color pattern!!!!

Lauren Niewold
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5 months ago

Gorgeous coloring!

Somethingsomethingdarkside
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5 months ago

Half poodle, half deer?

Heather Menard
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5 months ago

the other half a heeler

Stefanie Morris
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5 months ago

Red cattle dog if ever I saw one. Loyal, loveable and a best friend forever

Stefanie Morris
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5 months ago

Red cattle dog if ever I saw one. Loveable, loyal and your best friend forever

Felipe StillChill
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5 months ago

So cute :D

Vaida Kuodytė
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5 months ago

Is it the inside half? :D

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Joanna Payen
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5 months ago

Half poodle but 100% beautiful!

3ke
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5 months ago

Red heeler mix?

BrandX Nunya
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5 months ago

Interesting markings

2BX
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5 months ago

#31 and #45 need to chat, I think they have the same breeder

Kim Bush
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5 months ago (edited)

DNA who cares? Red merle markings are gorgeous!

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