Pugapoo Breed Summary
Out-Going, Affectionate, Loving, Intelligent and Happy
Pugapoos are a fairly recent hybrid 'designer' breed, having been developed over the last 10-20 years. The creation of this type of dog was in response to some individuals wanting a dog that looked a little bit different to the average Lab or Yorkie. Offspring will often vary from puppy to puppy, with some looking more Pug-like, whilst others may possess traits more in line with the Poodle. It's also thought that some cross breeds are also hypoallergenic, although this is not proven.
|Lifespan||12 - 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 9in - 15in, Females 8in - 12in|
|Weight||Males 15lb - 28lb, Females 10lb - 25lb|
|Coat||Some inherit the hair of the Pug parent; if so, he will have short and smooth fur. Or, he may inherit longer straight hair or longer curly hair from the Poodle parent.|
|Color||White, Fawn, Cream, Gray or Black|
|Eye color||Hazel or Brown|
|Common health issues||Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Sebaceous Adenitis, Hip Dysplasia, Von Willebrand's Disease, Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease, Pug Dog Encephalitis, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat|
|Other Names||Pug-A-Poo, Pug A Poo, Pugoodle, Pugadoodle, Pugapoo, Pugdoodle, Pugpoo|
Personalities of the Pugapoos will vary from puppy to puppy due to how new the breed is. However, generally, they are extremely out-going and friendly dogs, with a real love for 'hoomans' as well as getting a long really well with cats and dogs. They are also highly affectionate and will demand lots of attention of their owners. Some do like the sound of their own voice, but training and socialization should nip this trait in the bud. Overall, they make lovely family pets and have the potential to provide you with years of love and cuddles!
The Pugapoo has come to popularity within the last twenty or so years. However, we do not know his exact origins. In order to understand the history of the Pugapoo, we must look to his parent breeds.
The Pug was a favorite of royals and nobility for a majority of his existence. He was a favorite of the Chinese emperor, and Marie Antoinette owned a pug prior to her marriage to Louis XVI. Queen Victoria, a dog lover and avid dog breeder, owned and bred several Pugs during her lifetime. One Pug is said to have "told" William of Orange of an approaching enemy, and after William successfully fended off the attack, he proclaimed the Pug the "official dog of the House of Orange." The Pug made his way to the United States after the Civil War, and the American Kennel Club registered the first Pug in 1885.
The Poodle was developed for hunting waterfowl. He is also considered an ancient dog; his ancestors came from Germany, but the breed overall was developed in France. Most experts believe that the Poodle was a descendant of Asian herding dogs. No one is certain of how they made the journey from the Orient to Europe, but he was there by the 8th century for certain.