The Pugapoo dog is a mixed breed dog between a Pug and a Poodle. Other names that are often used for this designer hybrid mixed dog are Pugoodle or Pug-A-Poo. These specially bred dogs have become more popular in the last two decades. The Pugapoo dog originated in the US and it was especially designed to create a cute smaller house dog that looks like a cross between a Pug and a Poodle.
The appearance of the Pugapoo varies and it depends on the dominant gene from its parents,
however, they typically have a curly long to medium-haired coat like their Poodle parent. But each Pugapoo is different in appearance and it’s not uncommon for one litter to have a number of puppies that all look different with different colored coats. A Pugapoo can come in a variety of colors with the most common ones being white, gray, black, fawn, or red. They are renowned for their shaggy coats and it’s typical that their fur is more plentiful in the leg, tail, and face regions. Usually, these dogs have a squarer build with muscular limbs with their hind legs being more angular. Generally they have dark almond shaped eyes.
Pugapoos are sweet and friendly dogs that are eager to please, making them easy to train. These intelligent dogs are quick to learn, but they are also known for their innate stubborn streak as well. To ensure that your Pugapoo will fit with your family, it is imperative that you socialize them from a young age, but generally speaking this lovable dog has a sweet and friendly temperament.
The average Pugapoo life expectancy is between 12-14 years.
Pug Poodle size
The average Pugapoo weighs between 10-30 lbs and it measures between 8-15 inches in height.
Pug Poodle health problems
This is a hybrid dog and depending on its parentage it can be more, or less prone to inherited dog diseases. The most common diseases that a Pugapoo could suffer from include dental problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Addison’s disease, and skin rashes.
To avoid some of these diseases in the future make sure you get your dog from a reputable breeder and have regular checkups at the vet to maintain its good health.
This is a highly lovable dog with a lot of energy. The average Pugapoo tends to be very affectionate and friendly with both people and animals. It is also highly intelligent. Because of their calm temperament, they make good house pets. They rely a lot on their human companions and need to be given a lot of love and attention, which is why they also suffer from separation anxiety when separated from their family for a period of long time.
They are very smart dogs just like their parents making them easy to train. They have the ability to learn dog tricks and commands quickly and they’re also very eager to please their human owners.
Playful, they enjoy being the centre of attention and will go out of their ways to please their masters by following commands. They usually inherit their intelligence and ability to do tricks from their Poodle parent; however, they can also be quite stubborn at times and if they do not feel like doing something, they will not do it.
The Pugapoo’s grooming needs will depend on the coat it has inherited. While most Pugapoos have curlier coats and shed a lot, there are others that do not. If they have a curlier coat like the Poodle, they will need to be groomed on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks. Their coats need brushing on a daily basis as dogs with curlier coats often get tangled. If their fur gets tangled too much, it is likely to cause your dog to break out in irritating skin rashes at the root of their hair.
If the dog has a shorter coat that is straight, less brushing and grooming is needed. Because this breed has more sensitive skin, wash them only when necessary using a light puppy shampoo. Check their ears regularly and clean them and be sure to dry them properly after washing to avoid infection.
The Pugapoo has a moderate energy and activity levels and it will usually adapt to its master’s lifestyle. To keep them out of mischief they need at least one nice walk every day and some active playtime. These dogs love to chase, so a good activity to help them release their energy is catch.
These are intelligent creatures and the Pugapoo is eager to please and be loved. They will respond well to positive reinforcement training tactics such as food treats, more play time, and pats with praise. They need to be socialized well, which is why puppy training is important. They love to play with children, but they’re easily excitable and if not trained properly, they’ll have the tendency to jump up on people.
Pugapoos are also known to be barkers, so it is also important to try and nip this in the bud earlier on, which again can be done with positive reinforcement dog training.
It is better to have your Pugapoo trained properly before they’re sixteen weeks old because this is the time when they’re more receptive, making them easier to train.
Pugapoo Suitability and Living Conditions
Both of the Pugapoo’s parents are extremely good with children, which is why if you can train your Pugapoo to be obedient from an early age, they make for an excellent family pet and are especially good with small children. However, the smaller variations of the Pugapoo can be more fragile and more susceptible to injury from rough and tumble play, so in this case, the miniature versions should be homed with a family with older children. They love the attention from people and they’re often described as people-orientated dogs, which is why they always need to be surround by people. They have the tendency to suffer from separation anxiety when away from their owners for too long, so if your home is often empty, it is not ideal to have a Pugapoo as a pet, and it is for this reason why they also make suitable companions for the elderly.
The Pugapoo breed is usually good with other animals like cats and dogs if well-socialized from the beginning.
The Pugapoo is energetic, but if it is exercised enough and given the right attention it is okay to house them in an apartment. These are indoor dogs and are greatly affected by extreme temperatures and they should never be left outdoors alone for long periods of time.