Bugg Dog: The Pug & Boston Terrier Mix

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Buggs are what you get when you cross a Pug and a Boston Terrier. Although the history of this breed is unclear, Buggs have continued to rise in popularity among lovers of designer dog breeds.

These dogs are absolutely adorable. Their sweet and affectionate personalities make them an excellent choice for inexperienced or first-time dog owners.

Even if their physical appearance can oftentimes be challenging to predict, breeders of Buggs work to have a dog that has a physical appearance closest to that of the Pug parent.

Bugg Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black Bugg Dog staring at you
The Bugg is loving, good-natured, energetic, and territorial.

What Price are Bugg Puppies?

The cost to buy Buggs can vary, but it tends to cost lower than Pugs or Boston Terriers.

Its price ranges between $575 and $1,600.

How to Find Reputable Bugg Breeders?

A great way to find reputable breeders is to go to the national or regional breed clubs online and check their list of breeders listed as referrals.

Word of mouth works as well. A breeder will usually refer someone who contacted them to a fellow breeder with an upcoming litter.

When talking to a breeder, it is important that you feel comfortable with them.

Most breeders expect to keep a relationship with their puppy buyers. It’s important that you like them, and they like you back.

3 Little-Known Facts About Bugg Puppies

  1. Buggs are also known as Boston Terrier Pug Mix, Pugin, or simply Bug.
  2. These dogs are voracious eaters.
  3. Buggs often look like their Pug parent.

Physical Traits of Buggs

Buggs are relatively low maintenance dogs that are small in stature but big in heart.

The typical body type for this breed mimics that of the Pug. It has a short body that sports a fine coat which comes in shades of white, black, or brown.

The floppy ears, curly tail, and dark face are most recognizable from the parent Pug.

These mesh quite well with the huge and bulging eyes that can be found in both parent breeds.

Their physical appearance is playful, adorable, and slightly goofy, which will bring joy and laughter to your home.

Buggs are a very even blend of both parent breeds as the Pug and Boston Terrier are quite similar in a lot of ways.

They will do best in normal to warm temperatures because their short fur is not made for cold weather.

Buggs are very easy dogs to groom. Since the Pug sheds seasonally and the Boston Terrier sheds hardly at all, Buggs will be very low shedders.

While Buggs are not completely hypoallergenic, they are a great choice for people who have mild allergies and can endure a little bit of shedding.

Brushing your Buggs at least once a week will ensure that the shedding is kept to a minimum. It will also keep the fur healthy and remove any dirt or loose hair.

This breed does not have a bad doggy odour, meaning you can bathe your Buggs once a month, or only when they get dirty.

Besides basic grooming and bathing, their nails should also be clipped every few weeks to keep their feet healthy and snag-free.

How Big are Full-Grown Buggs?

A Bugg Dog stretched out across the floor
The Buggs often behave really headstrong.

Buggs can grow to 10 to 17 inches in height and weigh 15 to 25 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of Buggs?

The life expectancy of the Buggs is 10 to 13 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of Buggs

Determining this dog’s temperament, personality, and intelligence can sometimes be a hard task because they can differ a lot based on each parent’s genetic contribution.

However, a Bugg’s temperament is fairly easy to predict since Pugs and Boston Terriers share a similar temperament.

Like Pugs, Buggs are extremely loving and devoted to their owners and love spending a lot of time cuddling up in their laps.

They are also extremely playful and sometimes even comical. Buggs are highly affectionate towards children, and they can play with them all day.

However, they can sometimes get the Boston Terrier’s territorial streak, and this can prove to be a problem when not addressed right away.

Lapdogs that are territorial over their owners might not seem like a significant threat, but it’s a serious issue that any responsible dog owner should address.

When it comes to assessing a Bugg’s nature, there is one advantage.

Since the personality of both the Boston Terrier and the Pug is almost similar, it is not difficult to read the Bugg’s mind, mood, or overall demeanour.

They are comical at times but genuinely affectionate. They would love spending maximum time with their owners, sleeping with them, or cuddling on their laps.

They also have an equally tender feeling towards children, satisfying their playful instincts by spending fun moments with them.

Some Buggs may find it hard to get along with other pets because they inherit the territorial streak of the Boston Terrier.

Dealing with stubbornness in a Bugg is not difficult. All you need to do is give it the right signal.

When taking him out of the front gate for an evening walk, keep your clicker and treats ready.

Hold their leash and wait for your Bugg to look back at you without acknowledging it. Once it does, click and give it a treat.

The Bugg Dog is a mix of the Pug and Boston Terrier
The Bugg is a mix of the Pug and the Boston Terrier.

Follow a few more steps, stop again, let it look at you, and it gets one more clicking treat.

Keep clicking and treating it. Your Bugg will get the message that looking at you would help it get it treats.

Right from puppyhood, teach your Bugg not to lose their temper in situations related to territoriality. Train your puppy not to run boundaries when you keep them outside.

Dogs that are left outside for too long can end up growing a ‘fence running behaviour’. Instead, give your dog a treat every time it welcomes your guests or other pets and stays relaxed.

If you are also a cat or bird lover, give your puppy socialization training to help them grow with fellow pets in a hassle-free manner.

The Buggs’s Diet

Even though they are small dogs, they love to eat and would keep gobbling as much they can get. Take extra care that this does not happen, or else it might develop obesity issues.

Keep it limited to 0.75 to 1.5 cups of dry dog food every day.

How Much Exercise Do Buggs Need?

While neither the Boston Terrier or Pug parent is not overly active, Buggs will need exercise every day to keep them healthy and active.

Simple activities such as a walk to the park or playtime in the yard are enough to keep Buggs in good shape.

This is a very cuddly dog who will love to cuddle with you for hours and take naps throughout the day.

If you are someone who can’t do a lot of physical activities or just want a more relaxed pet experience, Buggs may be perfect for you.

Just keep in mind that exercise is vital to ensuring that they stay fit and happy.

Buggs are easy dogs to keep anywhere, whether in the country or the city.

Although they bark often, it should not be loud enough to disturb the neighbours. These dogs also love warmer climates.

Buggs Health and Conditions

While Buggs are healthy overall, some may suffer from Brachycephalic Syndrome.

Veterinarians indicate that this issue can be minimized by not allowing Buggs to become obese, and by avoiding hot and humid environments.

Corticosteroid can help with mild or advanced brachycephalic symptoms, while severe cases may need surgery.

Another anatomical health hazard is the protruding eyes. These often catch debris and cause infections, so they will need to be closely monitored.

A few dogs of this breed will also inherit the tendency to develop cataracts.

Buggs are also prone to structural issues that are common to small dogs, including patellar luxation.

A Good Guard Dog?

Although the Bugg is a highly affectionate and loving dog that is highly protective of its family, if you are specifically looking for a guard dog then this might not be your best bet.

Don’t get me wrong, the Bugg will do anything in its power to please and love its owner however it just doesn’t have the physical strength or the mentality to be a good guard dog.

Relatively smaller in size, the Bugg won’t be able to fend off most attacks by bigger animals and may even retreat when faced with a threat that is big enough.

When thinking about a good guard dog, something big and muscular comes in mind rather than a small Bugg.

Therefore if you are someone who is looking for a protective dog that can protect you and your family against all sorts of dangers then the Bugg isn’t the best choice.

Even though it cannot be categorised as a guard dog, the Bugg is still exceptionally intelligent and clever.

So don’t be surprised if it manages to wiggle its way out of danger every now and then, this intelligence might come in handy big-time someday.

The Bugg will still bark if it senses something is not right so that it can alert you well in advance of something happening.

All in all, if you pick up the Bugg and make it your household pet you can expect to get a friend rather than a protector.

Even so, you can still teach it to bark whenever it sees or senses trouble.

The comical and loving nature of the Bugg makes up for its lack of strength and ability to protect.

It shouldn’t, however, be your first choice when it comes to finding a guard dog.

Can it travel by car?

The Bugg is a very loving and affectionate dog which is why it loves spending time with its owner so you should not leave it alone when you go away for a long time.

You do not need to worry about its ability to travel by car as the size and build of the Bugg makes travelling by car very safe for it.

The Bugg is a dog of small height which grows to an average of 10 to 17 inches. Its weight – only 15 to 25 pounds – is also very appropriate for it to be put in a car seat.

This makes it very easy for your Bugg to travel comfortably by car, but you should install a good dog harness or seat inside your car to further improve your dog’s safety.

Before making any final plans involving travelling by car and your dog, you should visit your vet and confirm with him or her if your dog is in perfect health to travel.

Afterwards, take your dog on a few small car rides and gauge its ability to travel soundly in a car.

During the ride, you should make sure that your dog has enough water in a bowl to eliminate any threat of dehydration.

Moreover, give it the same food as it is given in your home so that it does not have to adjust to a new diet along with the foreign experience of riding in the car.

Similarly, if there is any new and special food to be given during the ride, it should be given in very small quantities to avoid any sudden or adverse reaction by the dog.

Do not forget to take small breaks every three hours to give your dog time to relax its muscles by walking or running, and relieve itself.

Male Vs Female

There are various differences between a male and a female Bugg which might make one of them more appealing than the other as a pet to you.

A male Bugg is often taller than a female one as they have average heights of 14 to 17 and 10 to 15 inches respectively.

Likewise, the male weighs up to 25 pounds while the female is usually 20 pounds heavy at the maximum.

It should be noted, however, that a male Bugg can sometimes not be told apart from a female one based simply on the physical appearance because factors such as diet, exercise, and training also come into play.

A male Bugg is much more loving than its female counterpart.

The male Buggs love to follow their owners around and enjoy cuddling in their laps while the female ones do not show their love in such obvious and exuberant ways.

Nevertheless, this should not be mistaken for a lack of loyalty since both, the male and the female Bugg, are extremely protective of their owners.

In addition to this, a male Bugg regularly displays defiance in its teenage years, particularly when it is half a year old up to 3 years old.

During the same age, a female Bugg is keen to please its owners and is very good at following commands

Furthermore, while both of them are quite amusing given that this breed of dogs has a very good sense of humour, a male Bugg is much more entertaining than a female one.

Also, the male is more laid back and usually enjoys sitting around in the porch or aimlessly strolling in the lawn.

Lastly, before getting either of them you should keep in mind that getting a female Bugg spayed will cost you approximately twice than getting a male Bugg neutered.

My Final Thoughts on BuggsThe Buggs

Loving, good-natured, energetic, territorial, and sometimes headstrong, Buggs are people-pleasers that thoroughly enjoy time spent with their human family.

These dogs are wonderful companions to kids and will devote plenty of time for fun and games.

One downside to this Boston Terrier and Pug mix is that they may be a bit selfish when it comes to sharing space or attention with other pets.

Early discipline training and socialization is recommended to curb this behaviour.

When it comes to training, Buggs will learn fairly easily. They are moderately intelligent and have intense desires to please.

They will usually respond well to reward-based training. Put another way, if a treat is in it for them, they will do nearly anything!

Buggs love to eat. You will need to make sure that they don’t overeat because they can easily become obese and unhealthy.

Buggs also have good watchdog abilities. While their small size alone won’t deter intruders, they will usually bark at unknown sights and sounds with such vigour.

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