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    Has anyone bought a dog from a pet store believing the dog advertised as purebred or one breed and then realised the dog was either severely crossed or possibly even a different breed than advertised and you paid a lot of money for it and now you feel ripped off and the store won't help you?
    is there a way to prove or even find out what the dog is?
    is there a test that can be done?
    if anyone has had this happen to them or someone they know please help me!!!!!

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    I would say 99.9% of us here are against pet shops. And that is one of the many reasons as to why.
    I own a pet shop puppy. Mum and dad bought Roly was me when I was little. He was advertised as a Jack Russell and they paid $180 for him. He's actually Jack Russell X Maltese with terribly bowed legs, surely just one of the faults with his 'breeding'. If you even wanna call it that.
    Show us a picture, a few of us will give it a guess. Go read the 'Puppy Mills' sticky page in the puppy section
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    Madeline was from a pet shop (never going to do that again)
    She was sold as a dogue de bordeaux X boxer. While I'm sure she's got ddb I'm not so sure about the boxer.

    There is a bitsa dna test you could try but from what I've heard it's not very accuate.

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    Hi Snoopylover. This unfortunately happens ALL the time. I have seen pups in petshops being advertised as things they most clearly are not. And to people less familiar with specific breeds it is very confusing.

    In saying that, if your pup is an cross breed, that is a cross between two purebred parents of different breeds, or a cross of mixed breed parents, he/she can easily end up looking quite unlike either parent. Crossbreds can also tend to get much bigger than the breeds they originate from.

    No the petshop won't help you, they are purely a business and they've already got your money so their part in it is finished as far as they are concerned.

    You can try DNA testing but the results are not conclusive and I daresay they would never hold up in a legal situation. I've seen purebred dogs DNA tested and the results come back with all sorts of stuff in them.

    So no, there is no way to prove absolutely conclusively what a dog is or isn't. The only way to know a dog's background conclusively is to buy an ANKC registered purebred. Sorry.

    The trouble with DNA testing for breeds is that way back in the establishment of many modern breeds, there is shared ancestry. So in the test results they are only looking for markers that are common to those breeds.

    I'm sorry this has happened to you. You are not alone.

    Do you enjoy your dog anyway? Or is there other health and behavioural issues that are causing you problems. If not, my advice would be to shrug it off and enjoy your pup as the individual that they are.

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    I guess if the dog didn't come with papers its not classe as pure breed even if it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Hi Snoopylover. This unfortunately happens ALL the time. I have seen pups in petshops being advertised as things they most clearly are not. And to people less familiar with specific breeds it is very confusing.

    In saying that, if your pup is an cross breed, that is a cross between two purebred parents of different breeds, or a cross of mixed breed parents, he/she can easily end up looking quite unlike either parent. Crossbreds can also tend to get much bigger than the breeds they originate from.

    No the petshop won't help you, they are purely a business and they've already got your money so their part in it is finished as far as they are concerned.

    You can try DNA testing but the results are not conclusive and I daresay they would never hold up in a legal situation. I've seen purebred dogs DNA tested and the results come back with all sorts of stuff in them.

    So no, there is no way to prove absolutely conclusively what a dog is or isn't. The only way to know a dog's background conclusively is to buy an ANKC registered purebred. Sorry.

    The trouble with DNA testing for breeds is that way back in the establishment of many modern breeds, there is shared ancestry. So in the test results they are only looking for markers that are common to those breeds.

    I'm sorry this has happened to you. You are not alone.

    Do you enjoy your dog anyway? Or is there other health and behavioural issues that are causing you problems. If not, my advice would be to shrug it off and enjoy your pup as the individual that they are.
    What great advice!!! Abit of a change from all the negative comments that seem to arise on subjects like this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prince View Post
    I guess if the dog didn't come with papers its not classe as pure breed even if it is.
    Same as your BD then hey...

    I'm honest to admit that my SBT didn't come with papers , he is a rescue Stafford & a very well bred example of a SBT that also is within the SBT "Standard"

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    Quote Originally Posted by prince View Post
    I guess if the dog didn't come with papers its not classe as pure breed even if it is.
    That is not quite right. A dog can be purebred without being papered. Papers just provide a pedigree that proves its line. When I was a kid none of our family dogs had papers, but they were purebred. And just look at the pets on here, how many of them have papers? I know Sam is purebred for at least enough generations that if he isnt it does not show in his stature. I just can not garantee it without papers thats all.

    Im am woffling so I gues my point is..

    The issue with buying from pet shops and some other byb is that you can not prove a dog is purebred without DNA testing but even then, as it has been stated, that is not overly accurate yet. But the dog might still be purebred.

    Also note that some breeds are not (to use MACs termanology from the other thread) "Strong". They can vary a lot in type. Tibbies are one breed that change a lot as they grow and are hardly the same even between pups of the same litter let alone of different lines. I do not know about other breeds but a tibby can be a spectacular pup, short leg, good head, great tail carrage, but then grow to be long legged, snippy faced, with average tail carrage. Its just the way of the breed. So maybe the pup is just a throw from the breed or maybe they were dishonnest when they sold him. Sadly that later happends far too often.

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    Years ago we didn't sell our pet quality puppies with the registered papers, Not Full register or Limited Register. It's just how it went; If it wasn't of show quality or the person did not want to compete in obedience trials the puppy was sold unregistered for less money.

    A good breeder would however always supply you papers they had drawn up so that you could see their family tree (pedigree).

    The laws have changed and now all puppies must be registered.

    I look at Floyd and see SBT thru and thru, because he didn't come with papers doesn't make him any less SBT. Because he is to "type" you can't miss that he is pure SBT. But a lesser bred animal may give you doubts.

    However when you buy from pet shops I think you have to look at who sells to pet shops, certainly I wouldn't. So when you buy from a pet shop you take pot luck. The people who work in the shop are not breed fanciers so they cannot advise you if you have bought a breed that will develop and change as it grows or whether it is a good example of it's breed.

    I'm not sure why people want to go to pet shops when they can contact a breeder and if the breeder is any good or at least has a love of their breed they are normally happy to talk about their breed and give you all the pros and cons and what to expect. You can go to a couple of breeders to compare, make sure they are in the ring competing and are competitive so you know they are true to type.

    Anyway getting off topic.

    I'm sorry you got ripped off but I'm sure your puppy has an enduring personality that has sucked you in hook, line and sinker and that you've lived and learnt and like many people will do things differently next time.

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    Thanks to all for not starting a bun fight.

    Snoopy, your issue is a consumer one and it would depend what you can prove you were told by the petshop. If they sold you a "product" that you can prove is something else, either by DNA testing or even an expert opinion such as from a vet; then you have a claim against the shop. Depends too what you paid your money for; if the money you spent was largely for neutering etc then that would stand whatever the breed was.

    Talk to consumer affairs or whatever they are called this week and have a chat, it is a retail issue.

    Hope you enjoy your new friend and it is all going well in that regard.
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