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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2 months ago

OMG he is beautiful.

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

A majestic beast!

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Andres Tejeda
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

You definatly upgraded

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Jo Choto
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2 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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2 months ago

What about the dog?

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2 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
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2 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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2 months ago

"Dorky chorkie" lol

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Lotus Flower
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2 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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2 months ago

That he's amazing is all that matters - and what dog isn't amazing?

Dianna Siever
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2 months ago

Some dogs are not amazing. Not these dogs obviously, but some dogs.

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Daisy
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2 months ago

He's such a handsome puppy!

Yvette Huggins
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2 months ago

Wait! A maltese??? A BLACK Maltese??? WOW! Those were some experts who gave you this BEAUTIFUL grab-bag! 😂🐾❤

April Grantham
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2 months ago (edited)

almost looks like he could be mixed with border collie or even flat coated retriever. Beautiful tho

I'm.in.wonderland
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2 months ago

He looks very boopable

Christine M Quigley
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2 months ago

Well- Maltese are always white, for starters..beautiful eyes on this precious doggo!

Jennifer Brown
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2 months ago

Looks like he might have a little Schipperke in him as well

Stacey Grant
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2 months ago

That's what I was thinking too! Not o e tiny bit Maltese tho

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Meami
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2 months ago

Looks like he has some border collie maybe? It's hard to tell how big he is from the pic.

mark beatty
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2 months ago

Border collie chow

Garth Robinson
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2 months ago

Mark Beatty from AK NZ?

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Silja Hare
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2 months ago

Looks schipperke x border collie

Mary Claude
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2 months ago

Looks like some Pom

Mary Claude
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2 months ago

It looks like a bit of Pom

Ash WolfGang
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2 months ago

He's so CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

BrandX Nunya
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2 months ago

He's beautiful

Stille20
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2 months ago

Gorgeous!

Michele Silva
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2 months ago

He seems to have a Border collie percentage

XianJaguar
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2 months ago

His ears say "Part Papillon"

Mumof1
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2 months ago

Gorgeous

Kat Rogers
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2 months ago

OOOMG~ SOOOO FREAKING ADORBS!!! 💘 THE EAR FRINGE!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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2 months ago

Smart!

Beatriz Rosales
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2 months ago

A beauty 🌷🦇

Ashley James
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2 months ago (edited)

He looks just like my dog 🥺

Sue Sanders
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2 months ago

The very best breeds are in there. I had one of them and they're a joy.

katboxjanitor
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2 months ago

Pure love, those eyes

Ana M
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2 months ago

Street Terrier like my dog.

Teresa Groth
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2 months ago

He is gorgeous, what a wonderful gift!

Wilma Sliwiak
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2 months ago

He looks smart and playful

Faith Nicole
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2 months ago

Hes a beauty for sure..

Lorem Ipsum
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2 months ago

It looks like she's an English shepherd. That's what my puppy is, and they come in an amazing variety of coats. Great dogs, temperament is as if you mixed a border collie and a german shepherd. A very smart breed!

Lorem Ipsum
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2 months ago

Looks like an English Shepherd

Gitta Landgraf
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2 months ago

JUST A SMART BEAUTY!!!

Johanne Trudeau
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2 months ago

And really cute!!!

Claire Armstrong
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2 months ago

I don't know what those 2 breeds look like (I am a cat person, although I do love dogs too) but he is absolutely gorgeous

MH3
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2 months ago

He's got the ears of a Papillon and they are super super smart and affectionate. papillon-5...35823f.jpg papillon-5e96c5d35823f.jpg

Heather Hayllar
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2 months ago

He is a real cutie!

Dave Chapman
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2 months ago

Love the dark cherry colouring in his fur, I'll bet it really stands out in the sunshine! VERY handsome laddy indeed ;)

Stacey Grant
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2 months ago

There's NO Malteses in there LOL

melbfk
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2 months ago

What a beaut!

Gigi Baldez
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2 months ago

Handsome little fella!

Chris DiFonso
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2 months ago

Very good looking dog

Kass Oakes
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2 months ago (edited)

What your have there sir, is a solid Australian Shepherd. That's a puppy, probably only 1-1 1/2

Tammy Bringloe
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2 months ago

Beautiful dog

RayneBeau Montgomery
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2 months ago

Love those ears (and that posture and those eyes oh heck he's just gorgeous)

Sandra Hardy
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2 months ago

I'm guessing based on color, body & ear characteristics there's some Schipperke and Pomeranian in there, plus who knows what else. The important thing is, you're devoted to each other.

Laura Roberts
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2 months ago

Fluffy ears!

NanZ
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2 months ago

What a beautiful pup and beautiful parents that adopted him!

Dora Giakoumi
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2 months ago

Greek Kokoni mix maybe?

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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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2 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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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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2 months ago

She's 100 percent floof.

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Jo Choto
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2 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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2 months ago

Really beautiful!

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Jo Choto
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2 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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2 months ago

OMG! What a cutie!!! 😍

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Jo Choto
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

He's 100 percent lovable derp.

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BrandX Nunya
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2 months ago

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

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Linda HS
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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