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Pugapoo: the pug cross poodle

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Take a poodle, mix it with a pug, and you’ll have one of the cutest pug crossbreeds in the world: the Pugapoo!

By Ashley Murphy

The Pug and the poodle: two very different dogs from different parts of the world

The poodle was originally bred in Germany, where it worked as a water-dog, collecting game for hunters. Later on, it became more of a show dog and was synonymous with the height of sophistication in many European countries, including France, Germany, and Britain.

Pugs were first bred in China. They were kept as pets by members of the ruling families, and some of the most prized pugs had their own armed escorts! Pugs then became popular in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1572 a pug named Pompey became the official dog of the royal House of Orange after saving the prince's life. Pompey spotted would be assassins creeping around the palace and raised the alarm for the guards.

Physical characteristics of the Pug cross poodle

Pugs are small dogs, compact dogs that can weigh between 12-14 pounds. As a member of the toy dog group, they grow to about 10-12 inches in height. Pugs also have short, smooth coats that don't require a lot of grooming.

Pugs are part of the brachycephalic breed, which means short-headed. This is what gives them their distinct flat faces and prominent eyes.

Poodles come in three different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Whatever the size, poodles are renowned for their sophisticated, curly coats. This requires some serious grooming.

The combination of a pug and miniature/toy poodle will produce a small and extremely cute little dog. They’ll have a little bit of extra fur due to the poodle coat, but nothing compared to some purebred poodles.

A mix between a pug and standard poodle will produce a medium-sized dog with a lot more fur. It will be very time consuming to manage, but this crossbreed is much less common than the pug/toy/miniature poodle mix.

Pugapoos personality

The Pugapoo can be a real contradiction. Pugs and Poodles have very different personalities, so it's hard to make predictions about individual Pugapoos. For instance, pugs were bred as lap dogs, and are comfortable living in smaller environments and only require moderate amounts of exercise. This is very different from some poodles, especially the standard poodle. These high-energy working dogs need plenty of space and exercise. Poodles are also known for their intelligence and poise, whereas the pug is cheerful, charming, and a little bit naughty.

Mixing these different personalities together will produce some very unique combinations. The only guarantee is that they won't be boring!

Health concerns

Like with any crossbreeds, Pugapoos can inherit health problems through their parents breeds. 

Pugs are susceptible to a range of medical issues, many of which stem from their small head and flat faces. One of the more serious concerns with a pug is his  difficulty to breath. This can lead to blocked airways, a collapsed windpipe, and even overheating in warm weather.

Because of their protruding eyes, pugs are prone to different types of eye infections and complications. Their wrinkly skin, especially around the face, makes a perfect hiding place for bacteria and other pathogens. This causes something called skin fold dermatitis, which can then lead to a more serious infection called Pyoderma.

Hemivertebrae is another potential health risk. This is a genetic deformity of the spine common in smaller dogs with short, curly tails. Poodles have nowhere near as many health issues as pugs, although they may suffer from hip deformities, eye problems, and a glandular disorder called Cushing disease.

Poodles also have a slightly higher rate of epilepsy, although this is still quite rare in all dogs.

Unfortunately, a Pugapoo could suffer from a combination of these medical issues. But there is some hope. One of the major benefits of crossbreeding is something called heterosis, otherwise known as hybrid vigour. This is when a crossbreed inherits the strongest genes from both parents. A mixed breed will then show genetic qualities superior to both parents.

All dogs are unique, but some dogs are more unique than others. And the Pugapoo just might be the most unique of all. The poodle and the pug are very different animals and combining them together will result in some very interesting and entertaining crossbreeds. But whatever the outcome, a Pugapoo is bound to score very high in a cuteness competition.