The Jug: A Complete Guide

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While being referred to as a Jug may not be the cutest of names ever bestowed on a dog, it does make some sense when you consider that this is a hybrid breed of both a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pug.

At the end of the day, the name may not be cute but the actual dog itself is a breed that you are just going to fall in love with.

Of course, when a breed is new to you, then there’s a need to learn more about them before you even consider becoming an owner.

The Jug is no exception to that rule, but that is where our complete guide to the breed is going to prove to be rather useful.

Throughout the course of this guide, you are going to learn everything that you need to know about this breed to make it easier for you to ascertain if this is the correct breed for you.

However, before we do go ahead and delve deeper into it, we should turn the spotlight onto you, and we have to do this for some very specific reasons.

Jug Puppies – Before You Buy…

A light brown Jug dog
The Jug will brighten up your life at all times.

Even though you may be excited at the idea of owning a Jug puppy, we must ask you to be honest with yourself.

Failing to do that could lead to problems with your new puppy, and an inability on your part to provide them with the adequate level of care that they deserve.

So, what we want you to do is to go ahead and think carefully as to how you would answer different questions.

These questions are not set in stone, but they are designed to just prompt some honest answers that will have a direct impact on the future of your puppy.

Questions such as the following will prove to be important.

  • Have you ever owned a dog before?
  • Have you ever trained a dog before?
  • How much do you know about this breed?
  • Are you aware of their different needs or requirements?
  • Can you provide them with those needs or requirements?
  • Are you able to offer them enough exercise?
  • Are you able to afford the various bills that come with them throughout their life?

There are other questions that could be included here, but it will still hopefully provide you with some idea as to the lines you should be thinking along.

What Price are Jug Puppies?

With that covered, what kind of price are you looking at for a Jug puppy?

Well, there are different factors that are going to play a role in the price you pay, but do not always look for the cheapest option as that may not be your best move.

A reputable breeder is going to charge more for a puppy, but you then know that they have been looked after in the correct way since they were born, and it might not be the best direction to head in.

That being said, you cannot forget the role of the pedigree of the parents as this is another way in which the price of the puppy can increase.

The better the pedigree, then the better the dog, which is the theory, and it does mean that you pay a premium when you have a puppy that is practically coming from the aristocracy.

Finally, where you are located also plays a role. It has always been the case that some breeds are more popular in certain locations over and above others.

Ultimately, when it comes to the price of a Jug breed, then you will be looking at a dog that costs an average of $500 in the United States.

In the UK, the price for a Jug puppy will be somewhere in the region of £500 to £700 as an average.

How to Find Reputable Jug Breeders?

Finding a Jug breeder that has a good reputation will be even more important than ever before.

The problem that we have here is the way in which few people know as to which way they should turn, but it’s easier than you think.

The Kennel Club in your country will prove to be an invaluable help although the Jug will not be listed in the normal manner since it is a hybrid breed.

However, they can still have the contact details of breeders, and there will be no issue related to trust either.

The Dog Breeder’s Association is another useful source to have, and they too will have breeders that could help you out with a Jug puppy.

As with the Kennel Club, there should be no reason to be concerned about the individuals that they mention.

3 Little-Known Facts About Jug Puppies

You may very well be sitting there thinking that you know nothing about the Jug.

Therefore, we have pulled together just three simple facts that we believe will help you to build a better picture of this breed.

  • Their popularity is insane

Even though the dog itself has not been around for too long, the popularity levels of this breed are just out of this world.

They are now often found around the top three hybrid breeds, and when you explore what attracts people to them, it becomes obvious as to why this is the case.

  • They will try to take control

They might be small, but they believe that they are the leader of the pack. You need to train this out of them at an early age or you could develop all kinds of problems.

  • They are master diggers

Jug dogs are absolute masters at digging. You need to make sure that they cannot dig their way out of your yard as they are more than likely to give it a shot.

Physical Traits of the Jug

A Jug looking at you
The Jug is loyal to its owner.

As with any hybrid breed, when it comes to the physical traits then you are going to be getting a real mix between both parents even though you can never be sure as to which one is going to be the most prominent breed.

They tend to have the face and tail that is more in line with the Pug while the body is the Jack Russell part. However, some can have a flatter face than others.

Their eyes are always expressive and brown. Their ears will drop down onto their heads and are quite thin compared to other breeds.

Their legs will be short, but they are also muscular. Their feet will be small as well, but overall the physical traits of this breed are that they are one strong and compact dog.

How Big is a Full-Grown Jug?

When it comes to a full-grown Jug, then you are looking at them being in the same kind of ballpark size as the two parent breeds.

As is the norm with the majority of breeds, the male will prove to be the biggest of the two, but we are only talking about small differences.

In general, a Jug is going to be from around 10 inches to 14 inches in height at their withers.

For their weight, then it will generally be between 11 to 15lbs and, once again, the male will be the biggest of the two.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Jug?

The life expectancy of the Jug can vary from 12 to 15 years, but there are several different factors that will end up playing a role in all of this.

How you care for them throughout their life will be key as they can be prone to many different health conditions, but the way in which they are dealt with will be important.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Jug

Perhaps the best way to describe the personality of this particular breed of dog is that it has a rather cheeky side to it.

However, it also has a very even temper and will prove to be exceptionally affectionate towards you and your family.

They are also regarded as being rather loyal but thanks to the Jack Russell part they are not afraid of anything.

This can also be known as ‘little dog syndrome’ which is also rather common.

They will certainly let strangers know that they are there, so can be a good watchdog. Also, you need to train them early on to accept that you are in charge.

From the Pug side, it does mean that there is a sensitive side where they can be tuned in to your feelings. They are shyer and will love to snuggle up to you on your lap.

This is also a rather intelligent breed that is quick to pick up on new commands.

Obedience training is easy to do, but they can also be slightly stubborn and if they do not want to learn, then they will just stop.

The Jug’s Diet

A small Jug looking at you
The Jug is a mixture of the Jack Russell Terrier and the Pug.

As we are talking about a dog that is on the small side, then keeping a close eye on their diet, in general, will undoubtedly be important.

You simply cannot feed them anything that you want since that has a direct impact on the amount of weight that they could add, and their body cannot cope with it.

If you have bought your Jug as a puppy, then by all accounts the breeder should have provided you with a guide as to what they were being fed and how often.

Make life easier for yourself by sticking to that guide as it will be the best for your dog.

In this instance, what you are looking at is providing them with quality kibble that is designed for a small dog.

Do not feed them cheaper dog food as it could easily have a negative impact on their health, and you certainly want to be avoiding that.

One cup of food per day with minimal treats thrown in will be the best course of action to take.

Also, avoid giving them some of your food as nibbles as it is always more important to only provide them with something that delivers the correct nutrients.

How Much Exercise Does a Jug Need?

A Jug can be quite an excitable dog to own, and that does translate over to it requiring a reasonable amount of daily exercise.

This translates into around 60 minutes per day which can be split over two walks.

When taking them out, add variety to the routes that you take them on because they do love to be quite nosy and will want to experience a range of smells.

Ultimately, they could get slightly bored if you take them on the same thing over and over again, which is why it should be avoided.

The Jug can be a good dog for in an apartment, but they will certainly be better suited to a home where there is an enclosed garden for them to explore.

Part of their exercise should also be playing with them, and they will be good candidates for obedience training as that will keep their active mind working.

Jug Health and Conditions

The Jug does have a number of different potential health conditions that could rear their ugly heads at some point during their life.

As a responsible owner, you should always be aware of what these conditions could be and to then lookout for the first signs appearing.

If you have got your Jug from a breeder, then they should be able to provide you with evidence that the parents of your dog have been checked out for many different conditions and that everything is fine.

That being said, the kind of health conditions that you need to be aware of are as follows:

  • Heart Issues
  • Breathing Problems
  • Primary Lens Luxation
  • Late-Onset Ataxia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Eye Problems
  • Skin Problems

My Final Thoughts on the JugA Jug puppy sitting on the grass

Aside from its rather unfortunate name, the Jug is a wonderful dog to bring into your life, and there is no doubt that you will get a significant amount of pleasure from them.

They are affectionate, loyal to their owners and so full of fun that it can ultimately prove to be rather infectious.

Ultimately, they will brighten up your life at all times, and who does not want that to happen as a result of owning a wonderful dog?

Part of the fun is not even knowing which breed will be the most prominent in your puppy as that does then contribute to the kind of character that they will then have.

However, no matter which one it is, this breed of dog will quickly become a firm family favorite.

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