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


german shepherd turned out different breed


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.

dog medium size pony


present dog supposed to be a poodle


cocker spaniel turned out different breed


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.

pittbull owner tricked


benicio puppy growing up


allegedly a rottweiler

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.

poodle dog owner tricked


golden retriever turned out different breed


labrador turned out different breed


dog becoming half dalmatian


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.”

hound mix turned out different breed
Paulette Alatriste


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

supposed to be a yorkshire dog
Lucas Figueira


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.”

boxer mix turned out different breed
Sara Cady


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

purebred chihuahua is a dorkie chorkie
Heather Dean


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

maltese fox terrier turned out different breed
Laura Sheridan


“Our ‘full blooded’ mini dachshund.”

full blooded mini dachshund
Tiffani Gill


So, This Is One Of The Funniest!


“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.”

black lab turned out different breed
Mike Turner


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

shih tzu turned out different breed
Anna Eicher


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

small apartment dog they said
Laura Peña de Retamal


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

buddy is supposed to be a small dog
Katarina Gabrielle Kipilo


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

mini pincher turned out different breed
Rudi Isang Cornels


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

half rottweiler half german shepherd
Daria Piccone


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

supposed to be cane corso
Olivia Trueb


“Supposedly part Chihuahua but we think corgi-pomeranian”

chihuahua turned out different breed
Xandi Westergard


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

chiweenie turned out different breed
Spencer Girard Koch


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

labrador turns out to be a dachshund
Ruby Hernandez


“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.

maltese jack russel mix turned out different breed
Stephanie F. Moorley


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

supposed to be a teacup chihuahua
Alondra Ponce


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

collie turned out different breed
Ashley Boch