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An Argentine man who bought a pair of poodles at an outdoor market took them to his local vet only to be told that they were actually ferrets on steroids.

Seriously. This actually happened.

The vet said the ferrets “had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.”

He paid $150 per poodle too. Ripoff.

Another woman interviewed by a Buenos Aires TV station claims she got a roid-raging ferret instead of what she thought was a chihuahua at the same place.

Luckily, if you find yourself at an Argentine market, the Daily Mail (UK) has a handy guide to making sure your dog is not a Barry Bonds-esque rodent:

  • Ferrets typically have brown, white or mixed fur and are around 51 cm long.
  • They weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7-10 years.
  • 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.
  • They make a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset, ferrets hiss.
  • Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and weigh around nine pounds.
  • If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show.
  • Toy poodles have been known to live as long as 20 years.
  • Toy poodles are described as sweet, cheerful, perky and lively.

Consider yourself better informed.

Ferret on Steroids