About this group
Gentle, playful and endlessly amusing, Pugs are truly irresistible. Unfortunately, they tend to have a lot of health issues, mainly due to the shape of their face.
This is why many breeders have taken to crossing these adorable dogs with other breeds, to create such affects as the lengthening of the nose and reducing the bulging of the eyes, to make it easier for the dogs to breathe and reduce the risk of health issues.
The most popular pug cross breeds are the Puggle (Pug x Beagle), Jug (Pug x Jack Russel), Chug (Pug x Chihuahua), Bugg (Pug x Boston Terrier), Pug-Tzu (Pug x Shih-Tzu) and Pugalier (Pug x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). Other combinations do exist, though some make more sense than others.
While crossing Pugs with other breeds is likely to reduce the risk of genetic health issues, some can still occur. Unfortunately, some breeds share health issues common in Pugs, and so most Pug cross breeds can still suffer from issues including hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, eye problems, breathing difficulties and overeating. You can read about the specifics of some of the cross breeds in our blog.
Two points are extremely important to keep in mind when considering adding a Pug cross to your family (or any other cross-bred dog) – the characteristics and temperament of the puppy cannot be predicted. They can take after either parent and so, just because your friend’s Puggle looks or acts a certain way, it does not mean yours will be the same. Second, choosing a good, reputable breeder is extremely important both for minimising your puppy’s risk of inherited health issues, and for the well-being of your puppy and others.
By joining this group, you can club together with other owners of Pug cross breeds to get a great deal on pet insurance your unique, one-of-a-kind baby.