French bulldog sitting and pug sitting

A Frug is a cross between a French Bulldog and a Pug

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Everything you need to know about the French bulldog cross pug

By Daniel Mar Journalist

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When a French Bulldog is crossed with a Pug, the result is the French Pug or the Frug, as it is most commonly known. Learn about its characteristics in this article.

What is a French Bulldog cross Pug?

This crossbreed is becoming increasingly popular for its cuteness and bubbly personality! To understand them better, you must first look into the two parent breeds.

The French Bulldog

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French Bulldogs were originally bred from small English Bulldogs - but now they're entirely a breed of their own! Frenchies are very friendly with people - kids included! They love nothing more than to be around their families and do well in many different lifestyles. However, future owners should know that Frenchies like to use those adorable bat ears for selective hearing, and they're also not the healthiest of breeds. Be prepared to spend a lot of money at the vet's.

The Pug

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The Pug is another brachycephalic dog, meaning they have a pushed-in face and resulting respiratory problems. Their fragile health should be considered before purchasing one. However, Pugs have great personalities. Just like the Frenchie, they love to be near their owners and are very adaptable. They love to please so tend to be easier to train than the stubborn Frenchies. They make great family dogs, as they get along famously with kids!

International recognition of the French Bulldog cross Pug

As of now, there are 5 international registries that recognize the existence of this crossbred:

  1. American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
  2. Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
  3. Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
  4. International Designer Canine Registry® (IDCR)
  5. Designer Breed Registry (DBR)

Likewise, all of these registries with the exception of the Dog Registry of America, Inc., accept the official crossbreed name of Frenchie Pug.

History of the Frenchie Pug

No one really knows a lot about the origins of the French Pug. Most theories state that breeders may have been interested in creating a cute looking and stylish dog that had guarding instincts. The Frenchie Pug's country of origin is the United States.

General characteristics of the Frug

  • Physique: They are small dogs who usually have a ‘wrinkly’ face (especially when it comes to their foreheads) as well as a short muzzle and snout. Frugs’ ears are generally straight like the French Bulldog's. Their tails are similar to the Pug's in terms of curliness.
  • Colour: black, tan, golden, cream, silver, brown, merle, white, spotted, and speckled.
  • Breed type: crossbred.
  • Coat: smooth, medium, silky and fine.
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years.
  • Weight: at least 15 pounds up to 30.
  • Height: 13 to 15 inches.
  • Hypoallergenic: No.
  • Shedding: moderate.
  • Weather resistance: they are not suited to very hot or very cold climates.

Temperament and personality of the French Bulldog cross Pug

These dogs are what you call “attention seekers”. They need your undivided attention whenever they request it. They love being pampered and staying close to their family members. In fact, Frugs are known to follow their owners wherever they go.

The French Bulldog cross Pug is easygoing in nature. They have a magnificent sense of humour. Frugs like to entertain and please their owners. They do well with children of all ages because they love to play with them. Nevertheless, adult supervision is always needed, because Frugs are small and could be easily hurt by children.

Frenchie Pugs are also great with canine and non-canine pets. They generally bond easily with other pets in the home. However, due to their small stature, they shouldn't be left to play alone with big dogs.

French Bulldog - Pug crosses tend to be very friendly with strangers, but can still make good watch dogs.

Exercise requirements of the Frenchie Pug

Frugs are moderately active dogs who need a daily half-hour walk minimum. However, they can’t stand excessive exercise, due to their respiratory issues. As puppies, French Bulldog - Pug crosses are extremely active. But as they get older, they do tend to calm down.

Training a Frug

Frugs have a tendency to be quite stubborn and willful (like both parents). This means training must start early! However, they are very intelligent and resourceful, so if you're committed, training is entirely possible!

As mentioned before, the Frenchie Pug has a natural tendency to amuse his owners. If you're looking for a dog you can teach fun tricks to, a Frenchie Pug may be the perfect match!

Feeding a French Bulldog - Pug mix

The Frenchie Pug should eat about one and a half or two cups of dry food every day. If you attempt to feed them more than that, your dog could develop obesity (which is common in both parent breeds). Pick a healthy brand, limit treats, and make sure to exercise your dog regularly!

Frug health

The main thing to consider when looking into purchasing a brachycephalic breed is the health issues involved. Frugs will suffer from respiratory problems and are particularly at risk of heatstroke. They also commonly suffer from spinal disorders, eye diseases, joint diseases, and skin infections, to name a few. Purchasing one should be a well-thought through decision.

However, if you are prepared to face the health issues, French Bulldog - Pug crosses can make wonderful, loving, and fun little companions!

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