The Pom-a-Pug is a cute looking designer breed developed by crossing the Pomeranian and the Pug. These small-statured, lean dogs are characterized by a short muzzled wrinkly face just like its Pug parent or even acquires a fox-like expression as the Pomeranian. It may also attain Pug-like bulging eyes, floppy or standing ears, a short muzzle, thick neck, slight or medium under bite as well as a curly tail. Its playful, affectionate and friendly nature has made it a popular pet choice among dog enthusiasts.
The American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club recognizes the name Pom-A-Pug while the Designer Breed Registry acknowledges Pom A Pug. On the other hand, the International Designer Canine Registry accepts it as Pomapug.
The Pug Pomeranian mix is a loving family dog emerging as a perfect companion, owing to its affectionate and charming personality. Having a calm disposition, they are extremely loyal towards their owners, always eager to please them.
These well-mannered dogs mingle well with children as well as other pets. Having a very versatile personality, they are playful on one hand and at the same time have show a relaxed attitude.
These small-sized dogs might inherit the alert nature of their parents and alarm their owner at the sight of an intruder.
The Pug and Pomeranian mixes are playful and active loving to run around the house or an open space, thus requiring moderate amount of exercise daily. A walk to the dog’s park or sufficient amount of playtime would help in ensuring their physical and mental fitness. However, they do well in apartment life since they like to laze around and relax. This low maintenance breed are easy to manage, not requiring to be groomed much. Being moderate shedders, brushing two to three times in a week would help in keeping their coats soft and clean. Other grooming needs include keeping their eyes and ears clean, taking care of their dental health as well as bathing them when necessary. The Pomeranian and Pug mix breeds are generally healthy with no known genetic issues. Though they have a short muzzle just as their Pug parents, they still are not too prone to respiratory disorders. Besides seasonal allergies they might suffer from dry skin during fall and even winters.
These intelligent dogs would not be a hazard to train as they may pick up lessons easily because of their willingness and urge of making their masters happy.
You can crate train your Pomeranian Pug mix puppies as they are extremely close to their owners and might be prone to separation anxiety like their parents when left alone. Crate training would even make housebreaking easier. Place the crate in a familiar place, put a soft blanket within, keep the crate’s door opened and allow your pet to explore the place. Try throwing his favorite toys inside the crate along with delicious treats so that he finds everything familiar inside and is willing to spend more time there.
Once your dog has a good knowledge of commands, teach it how to go to a certain place like his play mat. Start by saying “Go to your mat” and throw his plaything or a treat on the mat to lure it, once it has followed your command, reward it and order it to sit. Engage it with interesting activities so that it may be willing to sit there unless you ask it to get up.
These affectionate dogs can be taught how to plant a kiss on your cheeks without salivating much or licking you. Place a treat in front of it and give the command “Come”. Put your cheek in front and wait for your pet touch it with its nose. Pull yourself away so that he does not get a chance to lick you, give him a treat to reward his endeavor. However, if your dog is into the habit of nipping, this activity is not recommended, particularly for children.
Give them half to one cup of dry dog food daily along with a diet containing vitamins and other nutrients. However, as they have a tendency of over eating make sure you keep a proper check on their diet.