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Help - mis-sold a puppy, any ideas what he is?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by tabitha1979, Jan 9, 2021.


  1. tabitha1979

    tabitha1979 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    Nice to meet you all and really hope you can give some advice. We feel so stupid. We honestly don't know what happened but despite reading all the advice online we've ended up scammed and been sold a puppy that's definitely not the breed we were told it was.

    We've been thinking about getting a family dog for ages - I grew up with labs and lurchers - but my partner has never grown up with a dog so was hesitant. We have two kids 4 and 9, and so decided we'd get a dog that was generally considered to be an 'easier' family dog - some kind of labrador cross we thought. So when we saw an advert for a Cockerdor puppy - Labrador / Cocker Spaniel cross we thought that was perfect.

    We went to visit the puppy with our daughter the day before this latest lockdown in the UK and were not intending to take it home then. It was a young couple selling the puppy and they had a 3-month old baby. They told us they loved him but couldn't deal with a small dog and baby at the same time (which we totally sympathised with). The man explained his uncle was a farmer and showed us pictures and said the puppy was chipped and had its first course of vaccinations. He talked about the Lab line it had come from. Then because of this weird coronavirus lockdowns we made the stupid decision of acting there and then and taking the (incredibly friendly) puppy home with us. So we did a bank transfer from the phone and took him home.

    On the way back we had that sinking feeling that we'd done something wrong and things didn't feel right. We weighed the puppy and he was half what a cocker would have been at 9 weeks (and assuming a Lab would have been even heavier). We knew then that something was seriously wrong. We called the vet and she was amazing and supportive and when she saw him the next day she said he's likely to be a bit of a mix (staffy, collie, lab?) and probably be quite small, not more than 10kg. The main thing is he's really happy, healthy and playful.

    The good news is we absolutely love him, but my partner is concerned maybe he's got some pitbull in him and he could be aggressive with kids or other dogs. He had also really not wanted a terrier / staffy at all so think this is stressing him out not knowing what our little surprise is going to turn out to be.

    As for the seller, he strung us along with his lies and sent us fake vaccination info. We managed to track down what we think is his uncle on Facebook and the dog we think is likely to to be the mum (in his profile pictures, pregnant in December etc, but we can't be sure). We haven't taken the step of calling the police on him but think we will, it hasn't been a week yet so just wrapping our head around this new situation.

    Would love any advice from this wonderful community about (a) what you think we should do, and (b) what mix of breeds you think our lovely dog might be. We've called him 'Comet' because the universe delivered this little bundle of surprise and we love him. But we're hoping we can get some sort of clarity on what he might grow up to be because the not knowing is quite stressful.

    We feel so ashamed for being so stupid at not following all the correct steps when getting a puppy - so please don't be too harsh (we've been much harsher on ourselves, don't worry)! And thank you for reading this far,

    Tabitha x

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    we think this might be the mum but not sure...

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  2. Happy Paws2

    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    He's a lovely puppy looks as if he maybe staffy/lab cross, both breeds are family friendly. I don't think there is much you can do about it now, just enjoy having him and put the rest behind you, as you say we learn by our mistakes but I wouldn't call Comet a mistake.:)
     
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  3. Nonnie

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    Ultimately you have him now, so his breed or cross doesnt really matter in the grand scheme of things.

    Think is him as an old fashioned mongrel, and simply do your research in terms of training and socialisation.

    If you truly are concerned he has terrier in him, and this is a huge issue for you then hand him to a rescue now.
     
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    Hi. Welcome.

    If that is the bitch, and she was pregnant in December, then he's at most, 5 weeks. Poor little man shouldn't have left Mum yet, never mind be onto his second home.

    And if the original owner got pup from his uncle, surely he could have easily asked Uncle to take pup back?

    Sounds like this little man's come from a puppy farm. :( :mad: (I'm angry at the seller, not you).
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    Are you in the UK? If so it is very, very unlikely he will have any pit bull in him.

    And if he did they are, I believe, quite good ”people” dogs.
     
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    tabitha1979 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all the thoughtful replies. Made a bit of a mistake, the pregnant pic is from October, the one where the bitch is playing with the other dog (comet's dad?) was in December. Looks like she's no longer pregnant then but is feeding (I think).

    Anyway, thanks so much again. We'll love him just the way he is
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    That pup is older than 5 weeks, looks more like 7 - 9 weeks though you can't see all that much of his shape in the photos. At 5 weeks, it's likely his eyes would still have a bluish tinge.
     
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    He is lovely.

    If you hadnt said what you were told he was, id have gone with puggle.

    If you have a google of black puggle puppies,, he looks very similar to some of them.

    Personally dont see much in the way of terrier in him.
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Shame on those people for taking advantage, sounds like comet has landed on his paws with you.
    As long as he is socialised and trained correctly then I'm sure he will grow in to a great family dog. I have a terrier who adores people especially kids and know a few families with staffies that are lovely well mannered dogs.
     
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    He is adorable. Don't worry about what he is or isn't, just love and enjoy him.

    Love the name too! :)
     
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    Its likely that the pictures of the two dogs playing, show mum and dad
    So, possibly collie x patterdale, with a dash of whatever is in the mix of mum and dad's parentage
    He does look a bit scrumptious
     
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    It’s hard to tell he looks a real mix. I am not sure a cocker/lab cross would have been an easy route anyway. Staffies have a bad reputation but most are lovely dogs and soft as butter. I would focus on training and ensuring good early experiences. Enjoy your puppy.
     
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    I wonder what they were gaining by lying about the cross. A cocker cross lab is a mongrel or crossbreed so does it matter to tell the truth and say he is a collie cross patterdale or whatever. If he does have staffie in him they are one of the best breeds for a family dog so tell your husband not to worry! Patterdales are not easy dogs and collies do not always make the best pets but he looks very sweet and hopefully will be a great family dog.
     
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    He's a good old mutt. Enjoy him. Don't stress about the breed and just train the pup you have. Read up on dog/kid interactions, make sure he has plenty of kid-free spaces, leave him alone when sleeping, eating, enjoying a chew...

    Not sure why you'd get the police involved?
     
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    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    He looks like a proper cute little mutt-dog - nothing to be ashamed of there!
    I do think you've been mislead, and I'd say he looks like a cross between those 2 dogs, a terrier x collie type. Even if he has staffy in him it's nothing to worry about, they are fab dogs.
    Just get him out seeing the world - you can carry him for now - and try not to worry too much about breeds. If you can join an online puppy program to get you off on the right foot (no classes at the moment), and most of all enjoy your new pup.
     
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    At least it looks like a pet home and not a puppy farmer as such!
     
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    He is gorgeous, yes you made mistakes but that is just a learning. Train him and you will have the dog of your dreams! Tbh will probably be no more difficult than the cross you were looking at.
     
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    A case of buyer beware! Its always best to buy from a rescue, or if you want a specific pup, make sure its from a kc registered place.

    Have to say though, he is very cute, and although he's not what you originally thought he will be a good companion.
    If he's a staffie x collie you won't have a problem. Its all about how they are brought up. If they are socialised and treated well he will be a loyal loveable pet for your family
     
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    I did think it looks like he has a bit of jack russel or Patterdale terrier in there
     
  20. Sairy

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    To me he looks like a mix of collie, lab and something else (smaller). I agree with the others though - don't stress and just focus on the dog in front of you. It would have been a gamble if you had bought a cocker x labrador anyway (crossbreeds are always a gamble as to what traits the pup will inherit) so I would just chalk it down to experience and move on.

    I don't see what good it would do calling the police anyway - essentially you wanted a mongrel and you got a mongrel.

    Try not to do too much googling and worry yourself about what traits your pup may or may not have. As you are a bit worried I would recommend contacting a trainer for a few zoom sessions to help you get on track with socialisation and training.

    Enjoy your cute little pup.
     
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