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Pugalier Breed Summary

Friendly, Affectionate, Inquisitive and Stubborn

This pooch is a cross between a Pug and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is typically small. It can look much like a Pug or much like the Cavalier, while others may inherit traits from both parent breeds.  The idea in creating the breed was to retain the charm of the Pug while minimizing the breathing problems of the breed by creating a nose that is slightly longer. While each dog will be different, it has been found that Pugalier will be very friendly and affectionate and will make a great family pet, while not requiring a large amount of exercise. The Pugalier will fit in with any household composition and will do fine living in an apartment or house with a fenced-in yard. 

Fun Fact: The attention span of the Pugalier can be shorter than average.

Lifespan 11 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 23cm - 35.5cm
Weight Males and Females 4.5kg - 9kg
Coat Coat can be either short like the Pug or long like the Cavalier
Colour Black, Brown, Grey, White and Fawn
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Hip Dysplasia and Heart Conditions
Other Names Cavapug

The Pugalier will inherit his behavioural traits from his parent breeds, the Pug and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Inherited traits will be different for each offspring; some will inherit all of their behavioural traits from one parent while others will inherit traits from both parents. Most dogs of this hybrid combination will be friendly and will get along well with children and other pets. You can expect that your Pugalier will be personable and a lot of fun to be around. The hybrid can be stubborn on occasion, although he will usually be bright and inquisitive. Often the Pugalier is easy to train; however, consistent reinforcement will be key, particularly those that are more stubborn.

The Pugalier is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories.

The Pug was first noted in China at the time of the Han dynasty, where they were owned by Emperors and treated as members of the royal family. Dutch traders brought the breed to Europe during the 1500’s and 1600’s and the Pug soon became popular among European royalty, often given a different name in each country.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is thought to have descended from the Toy Spaniel. While the breed has roots in the United Kingdom, it is thought to have originated in the Far East, Malta and Italy. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a favourite of kings Charles I and Charles II which resulted in his name; the current version of the breed stems from its time as a companion to royalty. King Charles II was so taken with the breed that he ordered that the dogs be allowed in all public places, even parliament. In the 1920’s the breed standard was developed.