Posted 5 months ago ago
Written by, Danielle Elton
Cockapoos: they’re cute, fluffy and extremely lovable. A cross breed of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, they look like adorable little teddy bears and don’t grow to be overly big.
But that wasn’t the case for Winnie - she now weighs five stone and is the size of a baby rhino, not what owner Tiffany Kingdon was expecting when she picked up her tiny 4.6kg puppy.
Appearing on This Morning, owner Tiffany spoke to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary about her dog, who she thought was a miniature Cockapoo - it turns out she was wrong.
Tiffany bought Winnie for £2,000 when she was a tiny puppy at 11 weeks old - she wasn't supposed to get much bigger.
But at just over a year old, Winnie now weighs a whopping 32kg - five stone.
Hairdresser Tiffany, 23, joked: “‘Buy a miniature Cockapoo’, they said. ‘It will be fun’, they said.
"Then she turned into a Shetland pony, but I love her so much."
She continued: "We budgeted and worked out we could afford a little dog, but she eats so much food! But I wouldn't change her for the world.
"We went to the breeder and saw Winnie, and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have got to have her.'
"She looked like a normal Cockapoo, fairly small, we saw the mum, she was a Cocker Spaniel, we had paperwork, she was microchipped, it all seemed very genuine."
Tiffany shared with viewers how they were told by the breeder that Winnie’s father was a Miniature Poodle - but Winnie was actually mixed with Irish Setter and a Poodle.
"It was a shock, I was going on Facebook and saying, 'Does anyone else have a Cockapoo this big?'" laughed Tiffany.
She had begun to notice that something wasn’t right when Winnie was six-months-old and her legs just kept getting longer and longer.
It was then that she decided to get a DNA test done to discover her heritage.
"Dogs obviously can't understand - but I kept saying to her, you're an Irish Poodle! You're not a Cockapoo!" she added.
Tiffany and her partner tried to get in touch with the breeder but it was at this point they realised that they had been scammed - their messages kept bouncing back.