Pugs are small, sturdy-bodied dogs with distinctive flat faces. They are friendly and personable dogs. Keep in mind that anything other than a purebred pug is considered a mixed breed no matter how cute the name. You may pay a hefty price for that cute name, but remember that the shelter is full of pug mixes as well as purebred pugs and they can be adopted for a fraction of the price of a sale.
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Pug-tzu dogs are crosses between pugs and shih-tzus. They are recognised by the American Canine Hybrid Club, which records the ancestry and parentage of this mixed breed dogs. The shih-tzu is similar to the pug in size and shape, and shares some of the same problems, including a sensitivity to high temperatures.
A cross between a pug and a beagle, the puggle first appeared on the scene in the 1980s and gained popularity at the start of the new millennium. They tend to be stocky dogs with a lot of energy, and are distinguished by wrinkled foreheads, drooping ears and curled tails. Puggles tend to be even-tempered, affectionate dogs, though they may have the beagle tendency to bay.
Puggats are a cross between pugs and rat terriers. This breed is easy-going, though it can be a high-energy dog. It needs regular exercise, is sensitive to temperatures and should be kept in climate-controlled environments. Because of their high energy, they do great with families and single persons who will exercise them frequently. Puggats are prone to runny eyes. Keep in mind that terriers tend to chase small creatures and sometimes kill them. Keep any dog with terrier genes away from smaller animals such as kittens, cats, squirrels, birds and pocket pets.
A cross between a pug and chihuahua, this mix produces a small, short-legged dog with a lively, playful personality. They are people-oriented dogs, which bond closely to their humans. They are low-shed dogs with flat smooth coats. As the descendant of two lapdogs, chugs tend to be highly personable, sociable dogs.
Finding Your Pug or Pug Mix
Never purchase a dog from a pet store. Most of them procure their dogs from puppy mills where dogs are kept in strict confinement and diseases abound. Always insist on seeing at least one of the parents when purchasing a puppy. Check with local pug rescue organisations to find a pug or pug mix for adoption.
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