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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4 months ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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4 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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4 months ago

What about the dog?

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Laugh or not
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4 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
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4 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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4 months ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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Lotus Flower
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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4 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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4 months ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

Half lab, half angry chihuahua.

tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

All attitude. I love it!

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Berit-Bärbel Rebane
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4 months ago

Bad lab results?

Rissie
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4 months ago

So this is what that would look like... A Chihuabrador?

Lotus Flower
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4 months ago

Couldn’t be more different! Also, your “lab“ looks PISSED.

Rissie
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4 months ago

It's just his best smile...

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Gabby M
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4 months ago

Noooo not angry....That's a smile for sure!! Or she could also be part Vampire ; )

Katherine Heasley
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4 months ago

Ah, the rare Transylvanian Retriever!

Stille20
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4 months ago

Awww.. This one I can totally understand

Laura Roberts
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4 months ago

Would this be more of a yellow lab? Big smile either way!

Kat Rogers
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3 months ago

YES, I 👀 SEE THE GOLDEN... BUT THIS PUPPER IS ACTUALLY A BREED CALLED A "GOLDEN SMILER"... Ah, yes, It Is VERY Clear. AAAND 1000% PURRFECT ADORABLENESS IN FURR!

Felipe StillChill
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4 months ago

Winn-Dixie is smiling at us

Terry Gasca
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3 months ago

Mini- Cujo

Caryl Cole
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3 months ago

That's a smile.....and a very nice one!

Emma Hall
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3 months ago

it's a vampire obviously

MadRatter
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3 months ago (edited)

It's smiling! 🤣 One of my aunt's dogs used to do that. and the more we laughed, the more she smiled and got excited.

Kay DeLong
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3 months ago

I had a big black dog that smiled too. Scared people to death, made me laugh.

cocanut36
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3 months ago

part golden floof part fuzzy vampire

Gabor Dvornik
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3 months ago

Directly from Umbrella Co. labs

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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3 months ago

Micro-mini Golden!

Slune
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3 months ago

Commercial for dog dentures

Michael Krog
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3 months ago

Angry Otter you mean!

katboxjanitor
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3 months ago

This could be quite a personality\instinct clash

Ana M
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3 months ago

With vampire teeth.

Anna roberts
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3 months ago

All pissed

Susann Campbell
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3 months ago

My dog for sure. Chihuahua.

Caroline Overill
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3 months ago

OK take the picture... I can't keep this up much longer...are you done yet?

Teresa Groth
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3 months ago

This is the first dog on this site that I really think you were dealt a bad hand, because it was a terrible lie, but I am sure even with that being said I think if you are happy and He is well loved then you got a good deal after all!

ClaudiaDarla03
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3 months ago

my dog is a half golden retriever and half poodle, golden doodle. She smiles the same way when she is excited!

Ginny Swart
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3 months ago

`He's sweet but he needs an orthodontist!

Cathy Coyer
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3 months ago

doggie smiles!

Faith Nicole
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3 months ago

Aww, look at the doggies confusing smile of anger and love..but i love your dog. And i love when dogs smile, even if it comes out looking like a "keep away from me" smile, makes me want to boop your nose even more than i already want to

Jana Boardman
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3 months ago

Awwww, he's smiling!

Leesa DeAndrea
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3 months ago

100 % street dog.

Gitta Landgraf
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3 months ago

...NOT REALLY BUT A "BIG SMILER"!

Lynn Morello
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3 months ago

Smile for da camera.

Ria Moncada
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3 months ago

Got the color right =) CUTE smile

melbfk
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3 months ago

Not angry, just needs some dental work.

Tascha Aveloo
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3 months ago

OMG THE SMILE🤣🤣🤣🤣

Leslie Parker
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4 months ago

Kinda got the color right

Chris DiFonso
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4 months ago

Call an exorcist!

Rebecca Bucholtz
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4 months ago

Love the smile!

Cheyenne Arnett
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4 months ago

The adorable fuel of nightmares

Lara
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4 months ago

He's my favorite!

Ruby
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4 months ago

Dogs like people are just different.

Yvette Huggins
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4 months ago

I don't think NOW is a good time to tell him differently. At your OWN risk! Godspeed! 😬😉❤

catslave6
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4 months ago

Whatever she is that is a lovely smile! She's a treasure. ;>) Too cute!

April Grantham
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4 months ago

Say cheese! Love that smile lol 😆

Linda HS
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4 months ago

Becoming...an 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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4 months ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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4 months ago

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

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Linda HS
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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