A vendor at Argentina’s largest outdoor market has a surprise in store for customers who purchase what they think are toy poodles from him. What is being passed off as designer dogs are actually ferrets fed a diet of steroids and groomed to look like toy poodles.
A man who recently purchased what he thought were a pair of poodles was given the bad news by his veterinarian that the dogs he brought in for their vaccinations were actually ferrets, relatives of the weasel, who had been administered steroids in order to bulk up their muscles and then groomed and fluffed to look like dogs.
The swindled man said that the vendor at the La Salada bazaar charged him $300 for the pair of imitation dogs. Since his admission that the dogs he purchased were actually ferrets, another woman has come forward complaining that she recently purchased an animal she thought was a Chihuahua that also turned out to be a ferret in disguise.
Although ferrets can be kept as pets, there is no word as to what the swindled dog owners plan on doing with the animals they purchased at the market, and there is no word if police officials have tracked down the dishonest seller.
Thinking about buying a poodle from an Argentinian market? Here are a few key differenes to remember.
• 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 poodles have been known to live as long as 20 years.
• Toy poodles are described as sweet, cheerful, perky and lively, and they love to be around people.
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