A dog lover who thought she’d bought the perfect pug was shocked to discover she hadn’t.
Christina Makin posted a video on TikTok of herself calling her pooch a “pound shop dog” after claiming she was scammed by the breeder.
Ms Makin has uploaded pictures of her beloved pup Alfie to social media with the caption “If you pay £800 for a pug with papers / KC registration outside of Gumtree”.
The post, which has more than 20,000 views, featured various snaps of the little cream-colored pup with his distinctive flat nose.
However, as Alfie grows larger, it becomes clear that he is anything but the purebred pug she thought he would get.
He is much larger than the average pug and much longer in body, very different from what a pug normally looks like.
Commenting on the 17-second clip, Ms Makin said: “Alfie turns 5 now.
“I was young and just bought it but we love it and as a bonus we don’t have any health issues.”
Others were quick to comment on the post, with one user commenting, “This is very similar to what pugs actually looked like when they were first bred.”
While another said: “Deffo a pug x Jack Russell I have one and she’s a diamond.”
User Sarah said, “You don’t buy a dog from Gumtree that you buy from a registered breeder.”
Other users commented on how they thought Alfie was “cute” despite looking like a “wish pug”.
Unfortunately, it is quite common for unsuspecting dog lovers to be scammed when buying a dog online from a breeder.
Another TikToker @healinghoundz had a similar experience when she thought she was going to buy a purebred dachshund.
As she began documenting what she thought her dachshund was, the self-proclaimed “crazy dog lady” noticed differences in her precious pooch as she grew up.
She said that instead of a dachshund, her pup developed “a head similar to a Jack Russell terrier.”
Since 2020, pet scams have risen more than 400 percent as crooks target dog lovers in search of a mate.
1,428 reported victims lost £614,226 to scammers in just three months in 2020.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7443501/paid-800-for-cute-pug-grew-different/ We paid £800 for a cute pug – he’s become something completely different