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.

Gigi Baldez
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5 months ago

Best reason ever!

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Susann Campbell
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5 months ago

Now this is part Jack Russel .

Kim Bush
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5 months ago

I would have guessed the same thing

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Michele Silva
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5 months ago

Beagle percentage

Kat Rogers
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5 months ago

OH, GOLLY, HE'S NOT A COLLIE, BUT IT'S MY DUTY TO SAY HEEEE'S A CUTIE!!😂 Sorry, sometimes I just crack ME up.

Samantha Bigora
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5 months ago

Y'all need to stop calling your pets it.

Pretty Pangolin
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5 months ago

Looking at his muzzle, maybe part Boxer?

Lorena Magee
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4 months ago

Nothing like a collie other than the doggy parts.

sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

You adopted a beauty, thanks for adopting !!!

Ira Olsen
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5 months ago

Awsome markings

Kim Ewin-Gøbel
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5 months ago

the muzzle looks like he might be part bulldog or one of the bully breeds, very handsome though!

Pascale Pierloot
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5 months ago

🤩

Ana M
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5 months ago

Lovable!!!!!

Anna roberts
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5 months ago

Mine said collie/ lab. I said there is golden in there ears and face said that. Well she is 89% Norwegian duck tollor, which is the smallest of the retrievers and 11% golden retriever. She's beautiful but was abused bad before we got her poor thing

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

Love is all that counts for any dog!

Faith Nicole
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5 months ago

Cutie pie 😍

Gitta Landgraf
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5 months ago

THAT'S THE RIGHT WAY!!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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5 months ago

A short hair collie... Cute!!!!

Claire Armstrong
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5 months ago

Definitely a wee bit smaller than a Collie lol! He's gorgeous though

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
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5 months ago

a bit of Beagle in there, maybe a bit of jack rusel?

Jurrie Kruize
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5 months ago

Looks just like my Farm Fox Terrier

Ria Moncada
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5 months ago

Awe sweet pupper boy

Joyce Berman
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5 months ago

He could be part smooth collie. Maybe?

Sue Knerl
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5 months ago

A collie that sits like a terrier.

Yvette Huggins
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5 months ago

"I didn't do it. Ok. I did. Probably. But I'm doing my "innocent" face. I know its working. It ALWAYS works!" He is absolutely PERFECT! 💖🐾🐾❤

Not Ed
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5 months ago

Looks more like my beagle mix I have at home. 46 lbs of beagle-y fury! Ummm, furry! ;)

Id row
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5 months ago

Doesn't just happen with dogs :) cheetah-ki...3996a8.jpg cheetah-kittens-suspect-5e95d153996a8.jpg

Melanie Hess
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5 months ago

He's a very handsome boy !

Kelsey Whittemore
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5 months ago

We got a dog from "Love Big Dog's Rescue" who was supposedly going to be a hundred pounds, and was possibly part Rottweiler, German shepherd, and when I looked at the puppies feet, she quickly added Doberman. My thought was, maybe min pin! He got to be about 35 pounds, love him to pieces but yeah, not a 100 pound dog.

Felipe StillChill
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5 months ago

Please get your doggo neutered I don't feel comfortable look at his soccer balls

Karen Johnston
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5 months ago

Looks a little like my dog who is mostly boxer. But also great dane, german short hair pointer, and cocker spaniel. I adore him.

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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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