The Pugapoo is a cross between the two popular breeds – the pug and the poodle. A pugapoo puppy can either be a first generation or a multi-generation cross. If the parents are purebred dogs, the pugapoo would be a first generation pup, or else the latter in case of non-purebred parents. But, by characteristics, pugapoo puppies from the same litter can look very different from each other.
These small to medium size dogs have round button-like eyes, triangular muzzle, hanging ears. Typically, their nose is black and eyes are brown. They have sturdy, muscular legs. The forelimbs are straight, while the hind ones are somewhat angular. The dog has a curly to very curly coat, which depends on the dominance of its parental genes.
|Also known as||Pug-A-Poo, Pug A Poo, Pugoodle|
|Coat||Long, short, wavy, curly, dense|
|Colors||White, cream, black, brown, gray, golden|
|Type||Designer dog, companion dog, toy dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan||11 to 15 years|
|Height (size)||Small to Medium; 8-15 inches|
|Litter size||3-8 puppies|
|Temperament||Affectionate, alert, intelligent, loyal|
|Hypoallergenic||Yes (if inherits poodle coat-type)|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
The pugapoos are lively dogs but with varying dispositions, which again depends upon their ruling genes. In general, it is a dog that is pretty affectionate, loyal and devoted, and makes a good apartment dog.
They are gentle and sociable though, but have a hint of willfulness and whims in their character, making them relatively slow in responding to training. Hence, careful training is required since they would be willing to please their masters.
Pugapoos generally bark less, but can turn up to be barkers if they take too much after their poodle parents. They are naturally playful and get along well with kids and other pets, but will never forget alarming their family members if they hear a strange noise or see a stranger around. The breed does not do well if kept alone for long periods of time.
Take it out for a short daily walk, or even a jogging session. The playful pugapoo would enjoy playing flyball, rally and obedience games with you. This should also keep them healthy and sound both physically and mentally.
Clip the hair to avoid tousles. If you know how to clip it, you can use your skills else, you can well take your dog to the professional.
Do not bathe your dog frequently or unnecessarily. Excess of water might dry out the natural oils of your dog’s coat and might end affecting the normal luster of its hair. Give it a shower only when its coat is really dirty.
Begin training your puppies before they are 16 weeks old because it is this time when new faces are more acceptable to the pups. Teach them tricks and train them to socialize well, but do use positive reinforcement techniques like food rewards and praises.
Pugapoo pups are sensible young ones, always eager to see you impressed, and they would learn to pick up training in no time. Be a strong leader of its ‘pack’ who would successfully assert his leadership to train him up with all doggie etiquettes and manners. All you need is patience, and you will be rewarded with a beautiful companion.
Make sure you supply the little dog with a healthy diet. Its regular meals should comprise of regular high-quality foods that are meant for dogs of its size and the same level of energy. You can also consult a veterinary professional for advice on your dog’s diet.
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