The Brug: A Complete Guide

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If you’re looking for a pet that not only is mild-tempered but also confident, the mix between our favorite Pug and the single-minded Brussels Griffon will make the ideal lap dog for you.

Most commonly known as the Brug, this breed is a rare hybrid that is increasingly becoming a new favorite for people who want a spunky personality in a small-sized dog.

This is perhaps the most intriguing quality of this mixed breed: the size makes you think it is a calm, toy dog, but in reality, it has an outgoing personality and a high degree of a sense of self-worth.

In this complete and informative guide, we will not only study the personality of the Brug in close detail but will also see what kinds of owners this tiny dog is best suited for.

As a start, if you’re interested in adopting a pint-sized pooch that you can carry around and flaunt wherever you go, the Brug should be one of your top choices.

While the Burg has a delicate frame, owners of this canine are fully aware of its larger than life attitude.

What makes this dog all the more compelling is its undeniable loyalty towards you, which can increase to a point where it can get aggressive.

Therefore, while you may think that a dog as tiny as this may be an easy pet, there is a lot of effort that needs to be put into its early training to develop its personality.

That being said, before we move on to the upkeep of the Brug, we will first book at some basic information that you will need before you purchase this hybrid dog.

The Brug Puppies – Before You Buy…

Brug Puppies
The Brug can be prone to respiratory problems. Image Credit By: brussels.sprout, instagram

Before you decide that the Brug is the right pet for you and your family, see if you agree with the following factors that determine your decision:

  • Will I be able to afford a Brug puppy?
  • Will I be able to easily find a reputable breeder for a Brug?
  • What does it take to raise and live with a Brug puppy?

Keep reading to find the answers to these questions, which will aid in your decision-making process.

What price are the Brug puppies?

Depending on a plethora of various factors, a Burg puppy has a very wide range of prices.

You can find a Brug puppy for as little as $150, while at the same time there is top, show quality puppies of this breed available for $15000 with breeding rights and papers.

The best way to roughly estimate the price of a Brug is to check how much its parents cost.

Both the Pug and the Brussel Griffon are dogs that are usually priced at approximately $1500.

Since the offspring puppies of two purebred dogs are usually lower in price, you can expect to pay around $750 to $1200 for a normal Brug puppy.

How to find reputable Brug breeders?

While it may seem that breeders for Brug puppies can be hard to find due to the uniqueness of the breed, it is not that difficult to save yourself from dishonest breeders.

If you follow a few simple steps, you can easily pick a breeder that will help you through the process of getting a Brug puppy.

Firstly, make sure that when you contact a breeder, he/she is registered and has legal breeding rights for the breed that is being sold.

Secondly, it is crucial that whichever puppy you get, you should be provided with proof of medical tests and other history related to both parents’ health.

This will ensure that the puppy you are sold is healthy and has not inherited any genetic diseases.

Additionally, all honest breeders will not just be salesmen to you; they will be your trusted guides, mentoring you through the whole process until you settle on the right puppy for yourself.

A good breeder is on that cares about the puppies in his or her kennel, and will, therefore, want nothing but the best for the pups.

This is why you should have a healthy discussion with the breeder about the different requirements for the Brug in terms of grooming, activity, diet, health, and general quality of life.

In order to be able to best judge the kind of looks and personality that will be inherited by your Brug, ask your breeder to let you meet with the Pug and the Brussels Griffon parent of the puppy.

Remember, at the end of the day, the quality of the experience that you have with your pet comes down to the sincerity of the breeder and the relationship that you build with him/her.

Beware of dishonest breeders who get their supplies from puppy mills.

Due to the rareness of this particular breed, puppy mill owners could seek extravagant profits by mass-producing hybrid dogs, which is detrimental to the wellbeing of the pups.

3 Little-known facts about the Brug puppies

Here are some things you didn’t know about Brug puppies, but will help you immensely when you bring one home:

  • The Brug comes from two extremely smart breeds

Both the Pug and the Brussels Griffon are highly intelligent dogs.

While this means that the Brug will train well, patience is the most important factor when it comes to garnering the Brug’s complete submission to your commands.

This is due to the simple fact that the Brug has an inherent stubborn streak which can make it quite obstinate if you fail to coach it well.

  • While small kids do not need to be protected from the Brug, it is important to keep the Brug safe from kids

Since it has a very delicate build, the Brug should be handled with care.

Therefore, if you plan on letting small toddlers play with this dog, be sure to supervise playtime and teach your kids how to treat the dog with care and respect.

The tiny legs of this dog are prone to joint issues later on in life, which put it at an even higher risk of getting injured.

  • The Brug can either shed moderately or end up shedding a lot

The Pug genes of the Brug can make it prone to a lot of shedding, but if you brush it regularly (two to three times a week), you should not face too much trouble with loose fur.

Moreover, if it inherits the wrinkly skin of its Pug parent, make sure you cleanse the folds of any debris that it may gather over the course of a day.

Physical Traits of the Brug

Brug Traits
The Brug can live in an apartment in a big city. Image Credit By: scullythegriff, instagram

This tiny breed has unbelievably small measurements.

Let’s have a look at exactly how minute this dog is.

How big is a full-grown Brug?

A full-grown male Brug of average size will be only about 9 to 13 inches tall and weigh a mere 10 to 15 pounds.

The females of this kind are even tinier, reaching only between 8 and 11 inches in height and weighing about 8 to 13 pounds.

What is the life expectancy of the Brug?

With proper diet and exercise, and regular visits to the vet to keep it clear of any health issues, the expected lifespan of a Brug is between 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Brug

Coming to the most interest part about the Brug, it is important to realize that this hybrid has a mixed, versatile gene pool that makes it difficult to predict the personality of your Brug.

However, there are a lot of qualities that the Brug is bound to have, though they may differ in the degree to which they are present in your dog.

The self-assuredness of the Brug is admirable, as it will not shy away from trying out new experiences or exploring things, people, or animals that are new to it.

Having said that, should your Brug sense any danger or threat to your, or your family’s, well being, it will bark to alert you and can take up a passive-aggressive demeanor when faced with suspicious faces.

The Brug is a loyal pooch that will share a deep, undeniable bond with you.

Home is where the Brug can rest on your lap and snuggle up with you, which makes it all the more possessive about you.

The Brug will get extremely upset if left apart from its family for lengthy periods.

So in order to prevent your pet from developing separation anxiety and other behavioral issues, make very sure that it is socialized from the onset of its development.

Owners of the Brug have to establish a sense of pack leadership within the household, where the Brug can look up to its master and obey his/her commands.

Another delightful trait of the Brug is its inquisitiveness and habit of being thorough, which can get it into trouble when it walks up to a big dog without sensing any fear.

As with all tiny pooches, the Brug is prone to developing something known as the “small dog syndrome”, which is more evident when it’s dominance is challenged.

Finally, a quality that dog owners will appreciate is that the Brug is a very sensitive and intuitive dog that will understand the mood of its owner and act accordingly.

The Brug Diet

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Being a small dog, the Burg will require no more than a single cup of nutritious dog food a day.

Even this amount of food should ideally be portioned into two or three small meals throughout the day, or fed as rewards for good behavior.

The expected expense on food for your pet is about $25 to $30 a month.

It is imperative to maintain the weight of a pet as tiny as this because being overweight can lead to unwanted health issues.

Always focus on giving your Brug a diet that has more protein than any other nutrients to fulfill its appetite so it doesn’t end up feeling hungry and overeating throughout the day.

How much Exercise does a Brug need?

Unlike other dogs, the Brug does not have to be hovered over by its owners to keep it active.

Even in an indoor setting, the Brug will come up with ways to keep itself busy and active throughout the day.

Overexertion can put undesirable stress on its joints, resulting in aggravated joint problems in its later years.

Therefore, an hour’s worth of daily walk or playtime in the dog park will ensure that all physical, mental, and social requirements of the dog are satisfied.

The adventurous streak of this little pooch can get it into trouble with bigger dogs, so make sure to keep its activities under close scrutiny when it mingles with other animals.

Avoid letting the Brug play outside in hot climates. During hot summers, keep everyday walks short, but ensure that your pet has ample activity and playtime indoors.

Whatever you do, make sure that the body and mind of the Burg are stimulated regularly to keep it in top shape and on best behavior.

The Brug Health and Conditions

While designer breeds are often known to be healthier than pedigree dogs, it is important to keep in mind the kind of health risks that the Brug is prone to inheriting.

The genetic face structure of the Brug can make it prone to respiratory problems, dry eye, and cataracts.

Other common health ailments amongst dogs of this breed include joint problems like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

Due to the wrinkles, it may develop skin infections and allergies.

Despite the genetic problems that pose a risk to the Brug, this is a breed that is generally known to spend a healthy and hearty life till the very end.

My final thoughts on the BrugA Brug laying on the floor

Now that the guide has come to an end, it is up to you to decide whether you checked off all the prerequisites needed to own a Brug.

No matter if you live in an apartment or a rural setting, the Brug has the potential to display the best qualities as long as you manage to develop a healthy personality through effective training, socialization, and a lot of care.

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