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

Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Yeah...I think def some beag in there....maybe ridgeback mix??

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Susan Riley
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3 months ago

The pearls are classy, though!

PanditoBandito
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3 months ago

Love her pearls

Vaida Kuodytė
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3 months ago

That does look like a possible beagle mix. Doesn't mean it's MOSTLY beagle ;D.

Shasta Michaels
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3 months ago

Depends on what it was mixed with.

Rita Meyer
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2 months ago

I believe she is part beagle! She looks a lot like our dog and she definitely has beagle in her. She must have been mixed with something big! 20140819_1...736c7b.jpg 20140819_184250_Android-5e96cbd736c7b.jpg

Aimee Simmons
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3 months ago

Oh I see the Beagle in her. those colors. The shape of her head leads to a few of the larger breeds. possible pit, lab, or something along those lines.

Tanya Goss
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3 months ago

we were told pit boxer mix. vet said no... we don't care she was a great addition to our family IMG_1586-5...7383d2.jpg IMG_1586-5e965bb7383d2.jpg

Kathy Smith
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3 months ago

I like her pearl necklace.

Zachary Gonzales
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2 months ago

I see some pittie in that dog!

sharron lynn parsons
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2 months ago

She is a beauty !!!

Gracie Tee
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2 months ago

What a beauty!

Ira Olsen
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2 months ago

Very adorable.

Adelia Umanec
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2 months ago

there's Beagle in there. Those eyes could melt ice.

WakeupGrandOwl
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2 months ago

A friend of my brothers had a beagle pit bull mix that looked similar to this, most beautiful dog. Those eyes!

Kim Ewin-Gøbel
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2 months ago

she looks mixed with some kind of bully type dog. very cute.

Beatriz Rosales
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2 months ago

And so girly with a pearls collar

Pascale Pierloot
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2 months ago

Love her collar! 🤗

Ana M
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2 months ago

Well the coat is Beagle.

Anna roberts
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2 months ago

Yep some beagle in there

Teresa Groth
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2 months ago

That’s right!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
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2 months ago

I'm so glad you do :)

Juan Marquez
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2 months ago (edited)

My dog looks IDENTICAL to this photo. He weights 15 Kg. now, and when I adopted him I was told that he was Visla. Just recently, looked on line and a Visla grows to a lot larger than 15Kg, so i think mine is a Visla/Weiner dog mix. Your dog here is 70 lbs.???? Doesn't seem that big (but maybe just from the photo angle). I've noticed as well mine looks a lot like a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but a mini version.

Cathy Coyer
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2 months ago

in the photo, unable to see a size comparison, I would say beagle mix too, lol

Lisa Shaw
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2 months ago

She looks like a beagle mix, unfortunately unless you know what the mix is, its impossible to anticipate their final size as adults.

Gitta Landgraf
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2 months ago

SHE'S WEARTH EVERY PEARL OF HER NECKLACE!

Johanne Trudeau
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2 months ago

There's definitely Beagle in there just by the markings...

Jane Whelan
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3 months ago

Those eyes ❤

Ria Moncada
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3 months ago

She's a Sweetie

melbfk
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3 months ago

You must love her a lot. I've never seen another dog with a pearl collar before.

Bored Silly
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3 months ago

love the pearls

Kelly Hartle
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3 months ago

Our German Shepard was in love with the neighbor’s beagle. Maybe...

Tiffiny
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3 months ago

Does she howl? Yes-beagle mix, No- not a beagle mix

Tiffiny
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3 months ago

Not for accuracy ^

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Garth Robinson
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3 months ago

love the necklace.

CARMEN FLORES
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3 months ago

What is a young lady without pearls - naked..lol

Katherine Lake
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3 months ago

Dainty paws, though.

Susan Mercurio
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3 months ago

She does have beagle eyes: that soulful look!

Leslie Parker
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3 months ago

I can see some beagle.

Silja Hare
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3 months ago

Maybe beagle/boxer

Rebecca Bucholtz
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3 months ago

She is beautiful!

Jana Moore
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3 months ago

It looks to me like you hit the jackpot with a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. Those dogs are the best! Smart, beautiful family dogs and an expensive breed. Look it up.

Kristine Shannon
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3 months ago

My dog looks just like that! He was a rescue, pretty sure he's beagle Rhodesian ridgeback mix

Lynda Brown
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3 months ago

That face 😍

Kerry Hart
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3 months ago

Beautiful girl

Margaret Lacher
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3 months ago

I guess it all depends on what the beagle was mixed with...

Dianna Siever
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3 months ago

Oh, those eyes! Talk about puppy dog eyes!

Carol Emory
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3 months ago

Beagle shepherd or beagle rottie would get this big..but it is a beagle mix for sure.

Lynsey Gowenlock
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3 months ago

She does seem to have beagle eyes...shes beautiful.

Aria Whitaker
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3 months ago

Looks like a Beagle-Lab mix to me...

Annaline Loubser
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3 months ago

Looks a little like Rhodesian Ridgeback. Beautiful dog though

Karolina Duśkowa
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3 months ago

My dog was a 50% beagle and she has his face <3

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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!

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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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