A WOMAN who splashed out on a purebred Australian Shepherd was devastated after he turned out very differently, shocking vets.
The American woman, who describes herself as an "authentic, relatable dog mom", revealed her bizarre experience after picking up what she thought was a pedigree pooch on Craiglist.
Posting on TikTok, she said: "I thought I got a purebred tri-coloured Aussie on Craigslist.
"But really they were getting rid of him because he was sick.
"He survived and the vet questioned if he was an Aussie.
"I'm sharing my embarrassing story so you don't do the same."
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The influencer shared adorable snaps of her puppy before he became seriously ill.
Her video goes on to show heartbreaking footage of him twitching on his side during a trip to the vet.
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But she ended her TikTok with snaps of him as a healthy, happy adult dog smiling for the camera.
Whether or not the mutt is an Australian Shepherd, he remains a very good boy.
Dog lovers were divided over the woman's decision to share her experience.
One said: "We bought what we thought was a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder.
"It turned out he was half-corgi, and we don't know the other half."
Jay said: "Given that there is a purebred tri-coloured Aussie sitting next to me trying to steal my food, I'm certain your dog isn't an Aussie."
Christy said: "He may not be an Aussie, but he's still Aussome."
It comes after a woman who splashed out on an expensive purebred mini poodle revealed why you should never buy a dog on Facebook Marketplace.
You should only ever buy a dog from a certificated breeder and generally steer clear of purchasing animals online.
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