The Muggin Dog was developed by crossing the Min Pin and the Pug. These small size dogs are known to be loyal and love to see their masters happy. They are characterized by floppy ears, often a folded forehead, and a well defined body along with sturdy legs.
The Muggin dogs can vary in looks. While one might take the pug’s curly tail and short snout, the other might develop a shorter tail and a longer snout of the Miniature Pinscher parent. However, since, in recent times, other breeds are also being used by the modern breeders for the betterment of their gene pool, there might be variations in the looks between individuals.
|Also known as||Pug Miniature Pinscher Mix, Min Pin Pug Mix, Pug-Pin|
|Colors||Silver, Brown, Red, Black|
|Type||Toy dog, Designer dog, Companion dog, Watch dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Height (size)||Small; 10-14 inches (adult)|
|Weight||12-22 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Loyal, independent, energetic, agile, loving|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Not good for cold climate|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
The muggin is a very loyal and affectionate dog that would love following its owner like a shadow. They love to cuddle and get hugged, resting with its loved ones. This trait has also induced a sense of separation anxiety in them, if they are left alone for too long. Some muggins might also develop the habit of nipping.
Because of their occasional independent behavior and strong will, they might not prove to be too well-situated for first timers. They are an active breed, being friendly with all children and pets in the house. In fact, they do well when placed in company of other dogs.
The Pug Min Pin mix dogs might not be too comfortable with strangers. However, it wouldn’t also take time to be sweet to the ‘stranger’, once it understands he is your guest. An otherwise quiet dog, they wouldn’t hesitate to bark to draw attention, if they hear a strange noise, or come across something fishy. This makes them qualify as a good watch dog.
Don’t be surprised if your dog suddenly shows whims and self-willed behavior, when it comes to training. Training a muggin dog might not be too easy, since it needs a consistent and experienced owner/trainer to teach them things.
It’s not unnatural for some muggin pups to be prone to biting people’s heels since they often feel the urge to chew something. To prevent your puppy from nipping, use some redirection method of distraction. Engage the muggin puppies in non-contact games involving chewing, as in tug or war, or retrieving things like chewing toys, etc.
You need to keep a check on your pup’s probable separation anxiety right from childhood. Teach it to accept its crate, and reward it for every success. Give it company, but not too much of attention. Set its boundaries, and let it learn to entertain itself by toys.
Socialize your dog vigorously to help it abstain from its strong-willed nature. If you see your dog is way too independent minded, take it to the dog parks on a regular basis where it can mix, play, and learn from other dogs. For that purpose, you can even join an obedience class so that your dog can witness the bonding and interaction between other breeds and their owners, and learn to practice proper behavior.
This breed is prone to gain weight easily. It is advisable to separate its daily amount of food between 2-3 meals. 1-1½ cups of good quality dry kibble is enough for this little canine.