I was sold a puppy and was told it was a Lhasa apso not knowing alot about Lhasa apso's I believed the people when they told me her hair would come in. On the way home with her I told my husband she looked more like a terrier of some kind. She is now 5 months old and I am pretty sure she is a Border Terrier or a mix of that. Why do people do this? I don't really mind I was just looking for a small companion dog, a Terrier has quite a bit more energy than i wanted but I love her. I worry, she was a litter of 7 what happened when all those other people realize they don't have a Lhasa... When I figure out how to post a picture i will... she is adorable. But what was the point the were selling them extreamly cheep so it wasn't like they were getting Lhasa price, whats the point.
It is always best to research the breed thoroughly before making a purchase. I would think that one could tell a significant difference in those two breeds, but I am just not familiar enough to make that determination.
Just as I ask for references and such before SELLING someone a puppy, I encourage my new parents to contact my references before BUYING a puppy. You may have found from previous buyers that there could have potenitally been a problem.
Are these dogs registered? What do the papers say? What did the health certificate from the vet have listed as the breed? You should have at least gotten their health test certificate, even if they are unregistered. That will state the breed. Did you see both parents?
I do not know much about the LA breed; but I do know there is a difference in their coats, as well as general apperance as opposed to a Border Terrier. It sounds like you may have fallen victim to a BYB who was only looking to make a few bucks, rather then breeding and properly raising healthy companions.
If you love your dog, don't fret...have him/her examined by your vet and create a good home.
Best of luck!
*OH, to answer your original question[u]..."Why say a dog is something its not" because they are greedy and only breeding dogs for the $$$...that's why!
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
I totaly agree with Oxfordbostons it all comes down to Greed an nothing else the same thing happend to me years ago i went to buy a jack russel my dad warned me not to go out and buy the first Jack i seen but to do some homework but i was young and had no patience the dog i bought ended up to be a mongrel half Jack half god no's what i ended up falling in love with the dog and it lived to a very old age but i swore i'd never make the same mistake again these people just make me pure angry
All those people want is people like you. someone who doesn't know much about the breed, doesn't due research on the breed before buying. NO contracts, cheap prices, etc. People like you make up that entire market. There is nothing anyone can do once they all find out they purchased a mutt. You have nothing saying it is a Lhasa.
RESEARCH PEOPLE RESEARCH, it is all you have to do to get rid of 90% of the scam artists. Know what you want and what you are looking for, I mean come on.
People everywhere lie, they want those pups sold, and once sold they could care less about them. If they end up in a shelter or die who cares. They got there money.
But also, when I lived in the UK, you'd get a certificate listing all the family, right back generations and you'd see CHAMPION every so often, who knows if it's true or not?? Even if the Breeder is good how do they know, it's very difficult.
I have known Breeders of great repute have hiccups because of in breeding. It's difficult, maybe the system is better in the USA?