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Everything you need to know about the French bulldog cross pug

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When a French bulldog cross pug, the result is the French pug or Frug as it is most commonly known. Learn about its characteristics in this article

By Daniel Mar

The Frenchie pug is the result between a French bulldog cross pug. It is a recognised designer cross breed. These dogs are considered small-sized and have a mixed appearance as a result of the traits that they inherit from both their parents.

Most Frugs develop a pug-like ‘wrinkly’ face (especially in their foreheads) along with a short muzzle and snout. Frugs’ ears are mostly straight like the French bulldog. Their tales are similar to the Pugs in terms of curliness. Due to their even temper, they are considered very friendly dogs whose popularity have increased throughout the years.

International recognition of the French bulldog cross pug

This crossbreed is world famous. As such, when the French bulldog pug cross takes place, every Frug puppy is on high demand. As of now, there are 5 international registries that recognized 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

What is a French bulldog cross pug? ©lenbambert, Unsplash.
Frugs are very old!© lenbambert, Unsplash.

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. It has been proven that the country of creation is the United States.

General characteristics of the Frug

The Frug is a small dog with inherited characteristics from both parents. Throughout the years, many veterinarians have dedicated countless hours towards the study of the intricacies of this crossbreed. Here you have some general information:

  • 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.
  • Size: small.
  • Weight: at least 15 pounds up to 30.
  • Height: 13 to 15 inches.
  • Hypoallergenic: No.
  • Shedding: very rare.
  • Weather resistance: they can’t live in too warm or cold environments.

Temperament and personality of Frugs

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Frugs are humorous dogs!© charlesdeluvio, Unsplash.

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 around their owners to whenever they go (if they are allowed).

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 can cope with children of all ages because they love to play with them. Nevertheless, adults need to supervise them because Frugs are small and could be easily hurt by children.

Frenchie pugs are also great with canine and non-canine pets. Since these dogs are barely violent, they can bond with any other pet at home. However, due to their small stature, you can’t leave them alone with big dogs.

They can get along with strangers which is why you need to be careful. Nonetheless, you can also train them to be guard dogs since it is coded in their genes.

Care of the Frenchie pug

As a Frug owner, you need to take them on walks on a regular basis. They are moderately active dogs which can cope with exercise. However, they can’t stand excessive exercise. As puppies, the French bulldog cross pug is extremely active. But as they get older, they develop a calm personality.

Training of the Frug

Frugs have a tendency of being stubborn and quite wilful (like both parents). This means that giving them obedience training since puppy days is a must. Furthermore, they are very intelligent and resourceful like the French bulldog. You could easily train them to become a watchdog. You can do so by training them in reading people. Frugs can learn to differentiate between normal and suspicious circumstances.

As mentioned before, the Frenchie pug has a natural tendency to amuse his owners. That is why you could teach him tricks (perhaps walking backwards). Lastly, you could try other tricks and you will see how smart the Frug is.

How to feed a Frenchie pug?

The Frenchie pug can only handle about one and a half or two cups of dry food every day. If you attempt to feed more than that, your dog might get obese. Obesity is a very harmful disease for Frugs as their movement might get limited.

If you are interested in the French bulldog cross pug, get one puppy right away! This dog can be a wonderful pet if you give him a chance.

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