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The user’s account is dedicated to her puppy, Porter (@porterpooo), and the bio reads: “Just documenting my doodle puppy Porter growing up.”
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Part of that documentation is watching Porter getting bigger and the owner realizing that Porter was not, in fact, a Maltipoo like she initially thought. At the end of June, the owner captioned a video of Porter with: “What I tell people after finding out the breeder lied about her gender and breed and then disappeared.”
The beginning of the clip shows Porter as a brown puppy, while the next shot is of Porter fully white.
“She’s healthy; that’s all that matters,” the owner added. “We love her.”
Some commenters, looking for the silver lining in the situation, suggested that because Maltipoos are not purebred dogs, that could explain the drastic change in appearance.
But in a follow-up TikTok, with over 13 million views, Porter’s owner explained further.
“When you get scammed by the breeder and then find out your dog was dyed,” she wrote.
“My family surprised me with a dog for my birthday last year — she was supposed to be a male, red-brown Maltipoo. We were told she was eight weeks old, but I thought it was weird that she was frail and slept all day,” the owner explained in a storytime video. “After realizing the breeder disappeared, I started freaking out and brought [the dog] to the vet. We found out Porter was a girl, most likely not a Maltipoo, about four to five weeks old and had not been vaccinated.”
A real Maltipoo of Porter’s “fake” coloring is super rare for the breed and can cost owners between $800 to sometimes over $2,500.
“I later found out that there are many puppy traffickers selling sick puppies who often dye them to make them appear another color and breed, and also sold with fake vaccination records,” the owner added. “If I had had a choice in this, I definitely would’ve adopted [instead].”
Luckily, Porter is happy and healthy in her new home. Commenters expressed the importance of researching breeders before buying from them.
“I’m so sorry this happened to you,” someone wrote. “This is why it’s so important to research breeders; look for genetic testing and titles. Don’t [just] buy from someone.”
“This shows how important it is to buy from ethical, responsible breeders,” another added.
“That is insane,” a commenter said. “Poor puppies.”
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