An Argentinian man bought what he thought was a “Poodle” at a price that is too good to be true, only to be told by the Vet that it is in fact a Ferret. A real toy poodle could have cost around $1,000, but it was sold at Buenos Aires for only $150 (85% discount!) at a well known market. Based on the photos, apart from the white hair, the “fake poodle” appears to have a pinkish nose and a snout that is quite different from the real dog. In another similar case, a woman had also bought a ferret thinking that it is a Chihuahua.

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Dailymail has an interesting checklist to differentiate between the two.

  • Ferrets typically have brown, white or mixed fur and are around 51 cm in length – which includes a 13 cm tail.

  • They weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

  • When happy, ferrets may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance – which is characterized by a series of hops and frenzied attempts to bump into things.

  • This is often accompanied by a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset ferrets make a hissing noise.

  • Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and are around 25 cm tall and weigh around nine pounds.

  • If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show as a toy poodle.

  • Toy poodle have long lifespans and have been known to live as long as 20-years.

  • They are described as sweet, cheerful and perky and lively and love to be around people.

Read more: DailyMail

It might not easy to spot the difference based on just the looks alone, especially where the ferret has been specially groomed since young to look like a ferret. And there is absolutely no way to determine the lifespan of the dog/ferret unless it has lived its full live. If you want to pay less for more, then its your job to perform due diligence to verify that you are getting the real thing. There is no free lunch. If someone sells an expensive item at a relatively low and cheap price, it simply implies that you have to do more work to check, verify, and inspect the goods on your own. Or save all the trouble by going to an established petshop at the market price. If there is any good deal, you would be lucky to get at 20% discount and not 85%.

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