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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1 year ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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1 year 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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1 year ago

What about the dog?

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Laugh or not
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1 year ago

Hello Darkness, my old friend. You are the cutest, in this Land.

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Jo Choto
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1 year 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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1 year ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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Lotus Flower
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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1 year 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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1 year ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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1 year ago

I don't understand people referring to their dogs as "it"

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Linda HS
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Aw, sad but that's not a bad age at all and he looks such a cutie.

Karen Lyon
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1 year ago

And I bet he was loved to pieces all of those years too, lucky pup.

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Michelle Chevalier
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1 year ago

Maybe he's a venti sized teacup

Tara B
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1 year ago

Trim the dogs nails.

Joanna Payen
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1 year ago

Love made him grow.

Autumn Walton
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1 year ago

He looked good for 17 but he NEEDS to get his nails trimmed.

Chris DiFonso
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1 year ago

Maybe a teacup in the story of Alice in Wonderland!

Candice Ravel
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1 year ago

I'm sorry for your loss. You guys were so lucky to have him for 17 glorious years though. By the look on his face, he knew that too :)

Sue Walsh
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1 year ago

That's the biggest cup of tea I've ever seen. x x x

Kat Rogers
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1 year ago

Wowser, that's a pretty old Bowser! I'd be shirking on my duty if I didn't say HE'S SUCH A CUTIE! *I just Never know WHEN The Rhyme~Time will Kick In... I guess NOW...

Leslie Parker
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1 year ago

17! A testament to your good care of your cutie.

Kate Johnson
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1 year ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope that time will bring you peace. 💚, Someone who has been there too many times before.

Paula Swanson
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1 year ago

Our son gave us what he had been told was a tea cup Chihuahua...tea cup my fanny. She ended up being a full 10 pounds of Chihuahua snuggle bug. Lived to be 10 years old.

Yoka V
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1 year ago

He lived a long time. And looked good for 17

Andrea Paternioner
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3 months ago

if he would have been teacup he would have never reached this age - sorry for your loss, he´s extremely cute

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
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3 months ago

BIG "cup" !!!!

Liz Sahlin
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1 year ago

That are eyes I could drown in!

Ivy Asmus
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1 year ago

Like my yorkie who topped out at a wonderful 15 lbs. looks totally yorkie minutes the sheer size and legs. Lol. We are about to get our second baby and are told no s of the litters have had a pup over 7 lbs full grown and mom and dad are on the property so we shall see.

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

You had love, for many years !!!

Gracie Tee
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1 year ago

What a handsome boy!

Mumof1
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1 year ago

Oh! So sad, he was lovely

Pascale Pierloot
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1 year ago

They must have had very large china wear...

Ice cube
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1 year ago

Sorry for your loss:(

Ana M
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1 year ago

He is a sweetheart.

CR Harvey
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1 year ago

Seventeen years of love.

jevais
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1 year ago

17 years old is really wonderful to have one's friend for so many years. You have all my sympathy and wish the best.

Cathy Proctor
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1 year ago

With a whole body full of adoration! Sorry for your loss.

Teresa Groth
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1 year ago

I am sorry for your loss, but I am happy you had Him for a lot of years!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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1 year ago

No name? He lived a long life and should be dignified with the name he was given.

Deborah Seffinga
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1 year ago

Clip his toenails poor guy!

Aja Warren
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1 year ago

Those nails look painful

Wilma Sliwiak
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1 year ago

Seventeen is old! Good! Cute doggo

Gitta Landgraf
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1 year ago

HE REALLY LOVED YOU!!! BIG LOSS!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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1 year ago

He had a full life...

Claire Armstrong
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1 year ago

Definitely bigger than a tea cup lol! I had a moment of panic when I first saw this picture, I couldn't figure out what the heck that thing was growing out the side of his head and then I realised it was actually his tail lol

Diana Jean Mungcal
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1 year ago

Aww. Run by the Rainbow Bridge, little guy! You can tell he had an amazing 17 years with his humans!

MH3
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1 year ago

he had to be part bear - look at those beautiful paws and claws

Ria Moncada
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1 year ago

Good long life

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

Oh, did they mention that the teacup belonged to the Jolly Green Giant?

Aneta Łękawska-Hamer
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1 year ago

Giant chihuahuas are better anyway. I’ve got a chihuahua Pomeranian mix

Sharon Madsen
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1 year ago

Lived a nice long life. Sorry for your loss.

ENEDELIA Soto
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1 year ago

😢😭😩😞😓😿

Garth Robinson
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1 year ago

Gee, that must have been one helliva cup! BTW I am feeling for your loss, he will be waiting for you on the "other"side.

Lynda Brown
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1 year ago

Aww sorry to hear that still a good life x

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Half poodle, as confirmed by a DNA test

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Dilly Millandry
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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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