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Pug cross: everything you need to know

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Pug cross breeds are becoming more and more popular. The purebred pug is a wonderful breed because they’re so friendly, characteristic, and manageable. But everyone knows that, sadly, pugs tends to suffer from hereditary conditions. Sometimes, a pug mix is the answer

By G. John Cole

Of course, you never quite know what you’re getting with a crossbreed dog. And there’s definitely no guarantee that your pug mix won’t suffer the same pug hereditary conditions.

If you do decide to go with a pug cross, make sure to buy only from a responsible, approved breeder. Do be aware that cross breeds can vary widely in appearance, behaviour, and health, due to their special chemistry.

5 best pug cross breeds

Here’s a rundown of the five pug cross breeds that are most adorable – don’t forget to double-check what health conditions they suffer from before you are seduced by the cuteness!

Pug Cross #5: The Jug

A jug dog is a cross between a pug and a Jack Russell. As you can imagine, that makes her pretty small and pretty sociable! They also tend to be intelligent and adaptable, which can make them a good choice for urban adults or those who live in small spaces or travel a lot.

However, the jug can also be a bit boisterous, so she’s not always suited to a family with young children. And of course, she’s still susceptible to the numerous health conditions of both parent breeds, although hopefully her nose will be a bit longer, allowing less breathing trouble.

Pug Cross #4: The Shug

Do you like the temperament of the German Shepherd but find them a little serious in demeanour? A cross with a pug will add a bit of fun to the mix while also lengthening that troublesome pug snout. The shug is a mid-sized, obedient dog who will need a bit of space to let off steam.

Her coat is short so she won’t need too much grooming. All in all this makes for a family-friendly pup who’ll grown into the responsible sister every household needs!

Pug Cross #3: The Daug

You want a dog but do you want a daug? The pug-dachshund mix is a mid-sized dog with a terrier appearance. The dachshund was originally a hunting dog (believe it or not) so he can still be a bit of a bold and stubborn fellow in the 21st-century.

Crossed with a pug he becomes twice the eccentric old man! But as long as you keep him well-socialized, you should find yourself with a loyal and affectionate dog/daug.

Pug Cross #2: The Pugalier

At its most regal, the pug-King Charles spaniel cross deserves his courtly-sounding name. At his least regal, he looks a bit like someone pinned bunny-ears on him. Both extremes are adorable. And the pugalier was bred to have a longer nose than the pug, hopefully reducing the breathing trouble from which purebreds suffer.

The spaniel and the pug are both friendly creatures, so the pugalier is twice so. He’s a great little character for a young family.

Pug Cross #1: Pug Shiba

The pug shiba combines two of the most fashionable dogs of the day – but they’re very different breeds! The little pug, as we know, is a needy ball of playfulness who will happily play the baby of the family. The Japanese shiba inu, on the other hand, is a responsible-looking and dignified walking cloud of fur.

Whether your pug shiba will turn out to be a snugglepup or a catwalk model type is hard to predict. All you can really be sure of is that she’ll get that curled tail from one or other of the parents.

She should live to 12-16 years and hopefully – but not definitely – be spared some of the pug’s breathing problems. However, both parent breeds are known to have eye trouble, so these will have to be watched carefully. Allergies may also be an issue.

The pug shiba is a cutie. But since you don’t know which end of the scale of ‘pug’ to ‘shiba inu’ your dog’s personality will be, it’s a bit of a gamble. If you know whether you want that cuddly, needy dog or a noble, independent one, you might be better off just choosing a purebred that matches what you’re looking for.

As with all cross breeds, it is always possible that the poor cross breed pug may end up with the health problems of both parent dogs. It’s much easier to get a reliable health test for a purebred.  

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