Your Designer Dog Could Be A Fraud

Owners might not like what they learn from doggie DNA tests…

By Erin Kirkpatrick

Sometimes, we learn things that we wish we hadn’t. Ignorance can be blissful, but in the end, it’s still ignorance, right?

For curious dog owners who test their beloved dog’s DNA, ignorance is replaced with information and bliss becomes betrayal when the results come in.

People lie but lineage doesn’t.

While genetic makeup should have no bearing on how an owner views their dog, it’s painful knowing that thousands of dollars were shelled out for a dog they could have adopted at a shelter for a fraction of the price. It’s hard to pinpoint how these mixups happen — Are backyard breeders to blame? Are these mixups unintentional? The answers, if there are any, are only available on a case-by-case basis.


Credit: YouTube / Inside Edition

Inside Edition interviewed Phyllis Von Saspe of New York after she had her “designer” dog Emma’s DNA tested. Von Saspe wanted to know if her $1,700 Shorkie — a mix of Shih Tzu and Yorkie — was who she claimed to be.


Credit: YouTube / Inside Edition

The dog was let out of the bag…

It turns out, Emma, who was purchased from a Washington State breeder, was a mutt — part Shih Tzu, part Pomeranian — and not a Shorkie.

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