The Jug dog has been created by crossing the Jack Russell Terrier and a Pug. Having gained immense popularity as designer dogs, they are generally characterized by a round head, short or slightly elongated muzzle and a curly tail. It has a small body structure with a lighter physique compared to a pug but is as strong as the Jack Russell Terrier. However, the physical features may differ from one dog to the other depending on the extent to which they have inherited the physical features of their respective parents.
|Other Nicknames||Jack Pug, Jack Russell Pug|
|Coat||Harsh, rough, silky, smooth|
|Color||Fawn, caramel, black and tan, white, silver and brown|
|Group (of Breed)||Terrier, Toy|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||13 to 20 pounds|
|Height||12 to 15 inches|
|Temperament||Gentle, Lively, Alert, Intelligent|
|Good with Child||Yes, if socialized with them|
|Litter Size||5 to 7 puppies|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
Although proper historical details regarding the origination of this breed is not available, the first crossing of its parents is said to take place in the 1960s in the United States of America. Since then, its popularity as a designer dog has widely increased in USA, UK, as well as Australia.
The fearless, energetic and intelligent nature of the Jack Russell Terrier combined with the loving, sociable nature of the pug has made the jug dog a gentle, adorable and active breed. Being very alert, they are keen to know and be involved in all that is going around them. Some of them have inherited an obsession for digging and hunting instinct from the Jack Russell Terrier, making them bark aggressively at chipmunks or squirrels. They are loyal to their owner but may become stubborn at times. When left alone for long, these apartment dogs get destructive. Though friendly and tolerant towards other animals and family children when socialized, certain pug-like qualities endowed in them make them sensitive and jealous of the other pets and kids present in the household.
These dogs tend to have the “little dog syndrome”, that sometimes make them consider themselves as the pack leader. Therefore, the trainer is required to handle the dog in a firm and patient manner as harshness or punishment may make it shy away or react in an aggressive manner. However being quick learners, they will respond well when given rewards. Socialization and obedience training are also to be imparted since their puppy days so that they may get along well with strangers and other animals. Proper leash training is also to be given to keep their hunting instincts under control.
Their diet should comprise of vitamin, protein, carbohydrates, fats and minerals. An adult dog should be given half cup of good quality dog food divided into two equal meals. The Jug dog puppies are to be fed with one-third cup of dog food three times a day when they are below six months of age. Whereas from six months to a year their feeding proportion is three-fourth cup of dog food divided into three meals. Whole proteins like lamb, turkey, eggs, chicken and beef as well as digestible carbohydrates like barley, oats and rice should also be included in their diet.