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Man Buys Toy Poodles, Learns They’re Ferrets on Steroids

By Courtney Temple    April 10, 2013 / (6) comments

A man from Catamarca took bargain shopping to a new extreme when he purchased what he thought to be a pair of Toy Poodles from the La Salada market in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The man learned the hard way that his reasonably priced dogs were not what they seemed to be.


According to a Buenos Aires news report, the man took his new “Poodles” to the veterinarian for vaccinations and received the shocking news. The veterinarian revealed that the pair were actually ferrets on steroids. The veterinarian believes that the two were given steroids at birth to increase their size and alter their physical features to resemble the in-demand dog breed. The disguised ferrets were also groomed to look fluffy like a Toy Poodle.


This is not the first time a perspective buyer was duped into believing they were purchasing a pure bred dog for a bargain price. Previously, a local TV station reported that a woman believed she was buying a Chihuahua for a fraction of the cost, but it was also a ferret.


Not only is this an unjust practice, it is detrimental to the health of the ferret being put on steroids. “From an animal welfare standpoint, it’s atrocious,” says Ashley Gallagher, a veterinarian at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. “You are unnecessarily injecting this poor little ferret with [steroids] to alter its physique.”


If you’re on the market for a Poodle, we compiled a list of ways to tell the difference between a Toy Poodle and a ferret so you don’t make the same mistake:


  • Toy Poodles are generally 10 inches (or under) at the highest point of the dog’s shoulders
  • Toy Poodles have short bodies and longer legs
  • Ferret have long bodies and shorter legs
  • Ferrets have a longer tail
  • Ferrets have a distinct smell
  • Toy Poodles have a lifespan of about 10-15 years
  • The lifespan of a ferret is only about 5-8 years



“The most important thing to do in these circumstances is client education for the scammed owners,” adds Jennifer Coates, veterinarian and Fully Vetted blogger. “Ferrets need love just as much as Toy Poodles.”


The whereabouts of the ferrets are unknown. At the time of the story, the man and woman who were scammed had not taken legal action.


Source: Yahoo

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  • Ferrets on Steroids...
    05/08/2013 07:43pm

    This is a truly reprehensible situation! Apparently there's a market for such deception. So sad for the man AND for the ferrets.

  • Differences
    06/08/2013 08:14pm

    Lets talk about these differences:

    #1 Ears - for God's sake. Don't buy a poodle without ears.
    #2 Noses are different colors and shape
    #3 Tongues!!!
    #4 Ferrets Squeak and hiss, not bark or growl.
    #5 Ferrets can Climb Anything. even though their legs are Much shorter than a poodles
    # 6 Poodles don't have spiky teeth

  • 08/19/2013 07:01pm

    i agree with you 100% obviously the guy needed to do his homework on what poodles actually look like before buying them. and looking at the picture you can clearly see its a fluffy ferret

  • How to be sure
    07/15/2013 10:27pm

    [quote]Toy Poodles have a lifespan of about 10-15 years.
    The lifespan of a ferret is only about 5-8 years[/quote]
    Step 1, find potential pet. Step 2, wait 8 years. If it's alive, it's probably a dog. You've forgotten why you wanted something that could be mistaken for a ferret, but you're pretty sure it's a dog.

  • 08/22/2013 06:08pm

    looooooooooooool awesome

  • Burst Their Bubbles
    08/09/2013 05:58pm

    Obviously, the number of [i]Pendejo[/i] Toy Poodle owners outstrips the supply...