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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3 months ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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3 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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3 months ago

What about the dog?

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Laugh or not
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3 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
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3 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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3 months ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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Lotus Flower
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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3 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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3 months ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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3 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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3 months ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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3 months ago

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

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

Not with that face!

Yvette Huggins
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3 months ago

You mean "he's SHAPED like a box." He's ADORBS!!! 💕🐾🐾💕

Becky Moore
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3 months ago

I laughed out loud at that!!

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Christine Brooks
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3 months ago

And they took the poor buggers tail off

Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

Surely once the people actually saw the dog realised it obviously wasn’t a boxer before they bought it.

Joanne Hudson
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3 months ago

Well, have you ever tried her in the ring?

Susan Mercurio
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3 months ago

LMAO

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Leslie Parker
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3 months ago

Nothing but his tail looks boxer! Still a cutie.

Silja Hare
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3 months ago

Maybe after taking one too many body blows...!

Debra McGeorge
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3 months ago

It’s adorable!

Tabitha Harper
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1 week ago

Chihua-weenier!!

sharron lynn parsons
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2 months ago

So cute, just the same, love is not interested, in the breed !!!

Gracie Tee
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2 months ago

Adorable!

Kennedy Longworth
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2 months ago

Still a very cute dog though!

Debra Kelter
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2 months ago

More like an overweight dachshund

cocanut36
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2 months ago

it's like a cute fuzzy rectangle

Sheila McCarthy
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2 months ago

Def got a lot of Doxie in there.

Sue Walsh
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2 months ago

could have been a contender :)

Kat Rogers
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2 months ago

HOOOOLY CRAP, THAT IS ONE CUUUUTE PUPPER!!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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3 months ago

She loves to keep her toys in a box. Boxer, ya know what I mean?

Zoey Hicks
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3 months ago

ya

Slune
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3 months ago

With a intense training he will become, maybe, a boxing champion

Pascale Pierloot
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3 months ago

Did he come with his own set of gloves, maybe, than they could too still be right.

Ana M
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3 months ago

With that cute face, no.

jevais
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3 months ago

Were is his tail?

jevais
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3 months ago

Where is his tail?

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jevais
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3 months ago

No way! If his a boxer, I'm a giraffe!

Teresa Groth
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3 months ago

That dog at least the mix of 3 or 4 dogs, He is adorable!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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3 months ago

It? Let him go if you want to be a bag about it. Lots of people would love HIM not it!

Cathy Coyer
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3 months ago

well, Boxers and Dachshund ARE both from Germany.....

Faith Nicole
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3 months ago

Definitely looks likes he's mixed with beagle his face is too cute 😍

Faith Nicole
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3 months ago

He is so cute Please people...stop referring to your animals as an it.. 😔 he / she is so much more appropriate. That's like referring to you as an it instead of your name

Gitta Landgraf
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3 months ago

LIGHTWEIGHT? MIDDLEWEIGHT?

Johanne Trudeau
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3 months ago

Boxer/Corgi mix is my guess...

Heather Hayllar
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3 months ago

Who did he box? Mohammed Ali?

Jane Whelan
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3 months ago

Ah come on now? Really? Mini dachshund in there anyway but what a cutie .x

Ria Moncada
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3 months ago

It's a Happy Puppers

Lou Herout
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3 months ago

100% baller!!

Sharon Madsen
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3 months ago

Strong looking beautiful dog.

Garth Robinson
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3 months ago

last to know about the rain..... first to know about the floods though. ;-)

Susan Mercurio
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3 months ago

He IS! It's just that his legs didn't catch up with his reputation.

Larissa Curmi
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3 months ago

He is. He’s already wearing boxing mouth guard 😂

Melanie Hess
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3 months ago (edited)

They were way off but he/she is very cute !

Bonnie Meyer
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3 months ago

Why would you refer to your dog as an it?

Donna Leske
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3 months ago

Nah, he's not into sports.

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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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3 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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3 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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3 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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