30 Times Dogs Turned Out To Be Different Breeds Than The Owners Expected

When it comes to choosing a dog, everyone has their own preference. Needless to say, that the type of dog has a lot to do with someone’s decision-making, as far as choosing a pet is concerned. Unfortunately, some owners can get a surprise when they realize that their dog is a different breed than they first thought.

Dogs are one of the most diverse species in the world with more than 360 officially recognized types of dog. And these don’t include the mixed, crosses and experimental ones that have yet to attain official status. As we all know it, dogs significantly vary in size and appearance. Depending on your specific preference, there’s a particular dog for you out there.


These dogs turned out to be a different breed than their owners expected



Different Dogs Suit Different Owners

Do you prefer large athletic dogs? The Labradors, German shepherds, retrievers, collies, huskies and Rottweilers are some of the best options for you. Do you prefer cutesy lapdogs? The poodles, chow chows, Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and corgis would be your best choices. However, the diversity of dogs also makes it difficult to differentiate one type from the other. For instance, even dog enthusiasts have a hard time telling an Alaskan malamute and a Siberian husky apart. The Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu also look so similar that people often cannot differentiate them.




You Must Do Your Research When You Want A Dog

If you’re planning to get a new dog, we highly advise that you do a thorough research about the specific dog you like. There have been several instances where owners realize that their dogs are growing up into a seemingly different than they expected. Keep in mind that some dogs come from sellers that may try to scam you. Just to make sure you’re getting the real deal, always ask to see the dog’s parents. If they refuse to let you see the parents, it’s a clear sign of fraud and you should turn the other way.



But for these people, the fact that their dogs are a completely different breed is not that bad. Regardless of what they turned out, these proud owners loved them even more than before. It just shows the love between owners and pets. What turns out to be a blunder eventually ends up as a blessing in disguise. And it’s a mistake that they would never regret.





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.”


“She was supposed to be a Yorkshire. Turned out better than what we asked for”


Many Of These Dogs Are Larger Than Expected


“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.”


“My ‘purebred chihuahua’. The vet says 1/2 chihuahua and 1/2 yorkshire terrier. I love my dorkie chorkie”


“My handsome ‘maltese x fox terrier’ boy. No idea what breeds are in there but he is amazing regardless”


“Our ‘full blooded’ mini dachshund.”


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“Was told this one was a mix of a black lab and a Walker coon hound. But no one told us that breed was actually hell hound lol.”


“Was told she was a Shih Tzu come to find she is a poodle Jack Russel mix.”


“I was told he would be a small apartment dog, 4 years and 20 pounds later, still beautiful, still the love of my life”


“Buddy (big middle guy) was supposed to be a small dog”


“This guy was supposed to be a mix between an mini-pincher and a jack russel terrier.”


“This girl was supposed to be half Rottweiler, half German shepherd. Plot twist – her largest percentage is actually CHOW CHOW”


“Supposed to be a Cane Corso (another kind of mastiff). We love her anyways”


“Supposedly part Chihuahua but we think corgi-pomeranian”


“Was told he was a ‘Chiweenie’. What they didn’t say is that there was quite a bit of Italian Greyhound in there.”


“My ‘lab’ she’s like a dachshund of some kind lol”


“This is Summer. We were told she was a Maltese and Jack Russell mix until we learned dad was actually a chihuahua. She’s a spoiled brat and we love her.


“This old guy was supposed to be a teacup chihuahua.”


“The collie I got at the shelter. He’s the best and I love him just as he is anyways!”