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Pom A Pug: The Pomeranian and Pug crossbreed

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Take half a Pomeranian, half a Pug, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the Pom a pug! Now let's take a look at this popular pomeranian cross pug mixed-breed.

By Ashley Murphy

Two small dogs with similar histories

The Pomeranian's roots go back to an area called Pomerania in northern Germany. It's popularity spread through the rest of Europe, and the Pomeranian became the dog of choice for members of the European elites. Notable Pomeranian owners include Queen Victoria, Joséphine de Beauharnais  (Napoleon's wife), and King George IV of England. Pomeranians soon caught the attention of American breeders and this toy dog regularly appears in the country's top twenty popular breed list. The Pug began life in China.

They have a long and regal history stretching back to ancient times, where they were kept as pets by the ruling families and Tibetan monks. Hundreds of years later pugs became a fashionable part of 18th-century European life. The famous British painter William Hogarth was a devoted owner of many pugs. He even included one of his pugs, Trump, in a self-portrait from 1745.  You can see it today in London's Tate gallery. Today's pugs are just as popular.

Physical characteristics of a pomeranian cross pug

Often described as toy dogs, both breeds are definitely at the smaller end of the doggy scale. Unsurprisingly, a Pom A Pug isn't going to come out much bigger. They might be miniature, but the Pom a Pug is still a sturdy little animal. They usually have short muzzles and some can inherit the Pug's distinct wrinkly face look. Any crossbreed may also inherit the Pug's prominent eyes and curly tail. The Pom a Pug is born with either floppy or straight, pointy eyes. Whatever the mixture, Pom a Pugs are always adorable little creatures. The Pom a Pug will measure up to 13inches in height and weigh between 7-18 pounds. They usually live between 8-15 years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Pom A Pug: a recognised brand

Both the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club recognise the Pom a Pug as a crossbreed. It's also been acknowledged by the Designer Breed Registry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Personality and temperament

Pom a Pugs are pretty versatile. They’re active and friendly without being overbearing or hyperactive. They’re loyal and affectionate but also fairly independent. One thing they'll certainly have is a big personality. Both the Pomeranian and the Pug are interesting little characters so a combination of the two will never be boring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Do tiny dogs like the Pom a Pug need much exercise?

Not really, but a Pom a Pug still needs a daily walk to help maintain their overall well-being. After that, most Pom a Pugs will be happy lazying around the house.

Feeding the Pom A Pug

As a rule, tiny dogs need less food. But that won't stop them from overeating if given the chance. Two small meals a day is enough to keep them healthy. Exact amounts depend on age and activity levels, but aim for about 650-750 calories a day. The Pom a Pug is prone to obesity - so don't overfeed (this includes doggy treats and leftovers.)

Training

Like all canines, the Pom a Pug responds best to consistent training based on positive re-enforcement. Start as soon as possible with daily 10-15 minutes sessions structured around toilet training, obedience, and house rules.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Health issues

Many of the Pug's medical issues stem from the shape of it head and flat face. Common problems include breathing difficulties, which means they can overheat in very warm weather. Their protruding eyes don't get enough protection from bacteria, and Pugs are susceptible to infections like conjunctivitis. Other ailments include pyoderma, a skin infection caused by more bacteria hiding inside the folds of their wrinkly skin. Pomeranians are most at risk of the following:

  • Joint, hip and knee problems/osteoarthritis
  • Dental problems.
  • Mitral valve disease (a serious heart condition which requires careful observation.)
  • Homeostasis Imbalance. Like the pug, the Pomeranians can struggle to maintain a healthy body temperature during hot weather.
  • Collapsed Trachea. The trachea is the windpipe, and, like the pug, the Pomeranian can struggle with breathing difficulties

The Pom a Pug is a playful dog that will form a lasting bond with the right owners. These little guys don't need as much food or exercise as big dogs, but they still require the same level of care and commitment. Give them that and you'll have a friend for life.

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