The Puginese: A Complete Guide

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The Puginese is a hybrid dog that is the result of cross-breeding the beloved Pug with the Chinese Pekingese dog.

The result is an affectionate dog that loves to remain indoors and doesn’t have a lot of energy requirements.

This makes them a great choice for people who have a very busy work or school life. They are independent dogs and will be perfectly fine if you leave them at home with a bowl of food during the day.

A light brown Puginese laying in its dog bed
The Puginese is better kept indoors.

The Pekingese is a dog that was bred for the Chinese royal courts. they were also companions to Buddhist monks.

They are thought to be a close cousin of the Shih Tzu, who also served a similar purpose.

These dogs are very peculiar and are known for their flat faces and their delicate temperaments.

The Pekingese is primarily an indoor dog, that is sometimes bred for small dog shows because of it’s long, beautiful hair.

Their rolling gait is also a distinctive feature that you will notice.

The Pug is also originally a Chinese dog, but was brought to Europe in the 1800s and have quickly grown in popularity as a companion dog and a small household pet.

These dogs are loyal and loving, and are great and love quiet households where they will not often be bothered. They develop close bonds with their owners and need constant attention.

The Puginese inherits the body style of the Pug and the mentality and temperament of the Pekingese.

These dogs are can be very affectionate, but their delicate temperament means that they aren’t a good choice for people who live in loud environments.

Sudden noises and motions can scare them, and cause them to have heart attacks.

Puginese Puppies – Before You Buy…

Although these dogs are very cute, they require a very specific environment and can develop quite a few health problems in their later lives.

There are a few other questions that first-time Puginese owners should look at before they bring one of these puppies home.

What Price are Puginese Puppies?

The price range for these dogs can vary between $1,000 and $2,000. This depends upon the price of the parent breeds.

The Pekingese can cost up to $3,000 if it comes from a reputable breeder period on the lower end of the scale they may only cost $1,200. Pugs, on the other hand, will usually cost around $1,300.

The cost of the Puginese tends to lie right in the middle of these two price ranges. The Puginese is usually specially bred too, which means that it will be hard to find a deal on these.

In addition to their high price, they can incur some expensive veterinary bills in their later life.

Owning this dog will be a significant investment, so make sure you consider that before you bring one of these dogs home.

How to Find Reputable Puginese Breeders?

Because these dogs are specially bred, you usually will not have to worry about breeders trying to cheat you.

The only problem that you may run into is that they will overvalue the price of the Pekingese dog.

If they try to tell you that the Pekingese is valued at over $2,000, then you should probably check the pedigree papers first.

It is also important to make sure that you find a breeder who practices responsible breeding.

When it comes to high-end dogs like this, you often find breeders who use irresponsible tactics which will result in birth defects or serious health conditions in the dogs later life.

3 Little-known facts about Puginese puppies

  1. Although a Puginese is very independent, they love to spend time with their owners when they get home from work. You can expect this dog to follow you around the house all day when you are home.
  2. Because of their flat faces, they can often develop breathing issues. It’s important to keep your home environment clean from allergens and smoke if you have a Puginese.
  3. These dogs traditionally have weak hearts. This means that they don’t like loud, frightening environments.

Physical Traits of the Puginese

These are very small dogs that tend to inherit the body of Pugs but are just a little bit smaller. The Puginese inherits its hair from the Pekingese dog.

It will grow very long, straight, and thick hair which will need to be brushed on a weekly basis to be kept clean.

Their long hair is also very prone to shedding, especially in the summer months and when they get older.

A tiny black Puginese sitting on a wooden chair
The Pugineses are very affectionate.

They traditionally have a very flat face and an underbite.

This can lead to health issues later in life, so you need to make sure to take them to the veterinarian’s office at least twice a year.

These dogs are very small and love to be picked up and carried just about everywhere.

They are known for being very lazy so don’t be surprised if they just lie around the house sleeping all day long.

Their tails can either be short or corked depending on which breed they get the most genes from. Looking at their fur color, they have quite a lot of variety.

Dark brown and black are the most common colors, but if your Puginese inherits genes from the Pug, then they can often come out a cream color.

Their faces are almost always black, which is a trait that they get from the Pug.

How Big is a Full-Grown Puginese?

These dogs will never grow heavier than about 12 pounds. Both the Pug and the Pekingese are very small house dogs, and the Puginese will never grow larger than it’s biggest parent.

In general, the males will tend to be a few pounds heavier than the females.

They have very short legs, so that means that your Puginese won’t grow any taller than about 11 inches.

On the shorter end of the scale, they may only grow to be 7 or 8 inches tall. Their tiny frame makes them ideal for people who live in small apartments or city condominiums.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Puginese?

The average lifespan for a Puginese is about 13 years. On the higher end of the scale they can live to be up to 15 years old, but this is uncommon.

On the lower end of the scale, they may only make it 9 or 10 years old. Their lifespan and health depend primarily on the environment that they live in.

They are very susceptible to stress, and this can have a significant effect on how long they live.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Puginese

These dogs are not the most intelligent. They are bred mainly as cute companion dogs. If you are looking for a dog that you can train, and that will learn tricks easily, this isn’t it.

They tend to be very headstrong and will do what they want to do regardless of what you tell them. A mentality they tend to be a lot more like cats than dogs.

Their temperament is very reserved, and if they are bothered or annoyed, then they will usually go and hide somewhere quiet.

They are however very affectionate dogs and enjoy the company of their owners, as well as other dogs. As long as the members of your household are quiet and respectful, the Puginese will be a happy dog.

Puginese are very frightful dogs, so it’s important that you keep them in a calm environment.

If they are constantly exposed to loud noises and commotion, then they can become very stressed out which is bad for their heart.

This is mainly due to the Pekingese ancestry.

These dogs were traditionally kept in large palaces where they could walk around all day long, unbothered by people and were doted on by the loving members of the royal family.

The Puginese’s Diet

The Puginese is a hybrid dog from the Pug and Chinese Pekingese
The Puginese males are often heavier than the females.

These dogs are very small and will never require more than one cup of food a day.

It’s very important not to overfeed these dogs as their heart cannot take the strain of extra weight gain.

They can also be prone to develop diabetes. If you want them to live a long time, it’s important to give them a very clean and organic diet.

They are happiest when they are fed twice a day; once in the morning, and once at night before bed.

How Much Exercise Does a Puginese Need?

The Puginese does not need much exercise at all. They are very sedentary, and they get all the exercise that they need just by walking around the house.

In fact, unlike most dogs who need to go outside for at least 30 minutes a day, this breed is better kept indoors.

If you do bring them outside, make sure it is just for a short amount of time, and that the weather is good.

Their bodies are not good at dissipating heat, and they can also develop quite a few breathing issues if the air is humid or thick.

Puginese Health and Conditions

It is most common to see this breed of dog develop breathing and heart issues throughout their life. This is because they were designed to be a little energy household pets.

Their short, flat face makes breathing hard for them, and their hearts are traditionally weak and susceptible to murmurs and heart attacks.

You will need to plan to visit the veterinarian’s office at least twice a year if you have a Puginese.

Grooming Advice

This little dog, with its big personality, luckily only has little more than moderate grooming needs.

It won’t demand too much of your schedule to give proper care and attention to the fur coat and overall looks of your Puginese pet.

Brushing and grooming your dog once a week is a good routine to get into for the Puginese breed.

The dog themselves loves the fuss and attention, although in the early days might prove a little skittish and restless until he or she knows what’s going on.

With a medium-length coat and not too much in the way of potential to shed, this dog is best groomed with a regular small dog grooming brush – there’s no need for any fancy equipment with this breed. Groom and brush along with the natural lay of the fur coat and all should be well.

As a special treat, you can also have your Puginese professionally groomed and looked after at a dog salon, although this is more a luxury than a necessity.

Bathing is also important for this dog, although doing this too frequently will take away many of the natural oils in the skin and fur that keep your dog in good health – and looking good.

As such, you needn’t worry about bathing your Puginese more than once every six weeks or so.

Given how skittish this breed can be when it comes to bath time, this could well prove something of a relief to you both!

Male vs Female

Both male and female Puginese pooches tend to have plenty of vim and vigor, so whichever gender you pick, you’ll find these dogs are faithful and friendly companions – if a little high energy at times.

However, there are a few differences between the female and male Puginese that can inform your choice on which sex of the breed you want to welcome into your family.

The most apparent of these differences is the physical one, with males often larger and more heavy than female Puginese dogs.

However, males are also that much more inclined to be a bit scrappy and prone to barking at anything new.

They have a curious and playful streak that can get them into mischief, which contrasts with the more gentle and mild-mannered demeanor of the female Puginese.

If you’re someone who enjoys personal space and doesn’t want a dog hanging off your every word, the female Puginese might be your choice.

The female of this dog breed is far more inclined to do her own thing and keep to herself.

However, this makes her bids for attention a little more intense when they do arrive.

While the male Puginese is content just being in the room with you as you go about your day – it’s how he feels like one of the family – the female Puginese will insist on being pampered and act out if her needs aren’t met.

While these tantrums are more comical than they are destructive or dangerous, they can still be a hassle for the uninitiated.

More often than not, inexperienced dog owners or those who have not met many Puginese pups before opt for a male of this breed for their happy go lucky personality.

Final Thoughts on the PugineseA Puginese smiling at you

These dogs can be a great option for busy professionals who are unable to be at the house all the time.

They are caring, affectionate, and they even enjoy a little bit of fun from time to time.

Unfortunately, they can develop quite a lot of health issues in both their younger and later lives, so you will need to have the necessary funds available to keep them happy and healthy.

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