When it comes to having a companion, we all know that dogs are the best for you and your family. Searching for the perfect canine can be a toughie, especially when you have to consider everything with care.
With the Pug becoming so popular, you must have thought about the various mixes of the Pug. Having a look at all the experimental pug mixes is an excellent way to find a suitable companion.
The Pug and Pitbull mix is a cross between the American Pitbull Terrier and the Pug and has many names. Pug-A-Bull, PugBull, Pugabul, Pugbull Terrier, Pit Pug, and Pit-a-Pug, they are all the same. It is a friendly family dog that plays a lot and is perfect for you as it has a sweet temperament towards the family.
Pitbull Pug Mix:
Here is a quick summary table that will help you know more about Pit Pug:
|Height||14 to 15 inches|
|Colors||Blue, Black, Red, Brown, Grey, Black and White, fawn-colored, or even Brindle|
|Breed Type||Mixes and more|
|AKC Breed Popularity||Not recognized by AKC|
|Temperament||Loving, highly energetic, and loyal|
|Daily Food Consumption||2 cups of high-quality dog food|
|Common Health Issues||Hip dysplasia, Pug encephalitis, Hemivertebrae, Epilepsy, Mange|
3 Little-Known Facts About Pug Pit Puppies
- Do not go by the dumb looks your young pup may give you. They are, in fact, highly smart, and you may even need to keep a close eye on their movements!
- You may think that these cute little babies will remain small due to their Pug parents. But you have to enjoy the puppy phase while it lasts because they tend to grow up to the size of an American Pitbull Terrier!
- Your pup may have a silly body proportion. This is because Pug Pits have much shorter legs relative to their body, and this proportion doesn’t change with age!
About Pitbull Pug Mix:
To gauge the qualities of your pup, you will need to get a thorough knowledge of the parent breeds. It is a friendly dog that doesn’t shed much. The Pug Pit is short in appearance and weighs about 20 to 35 pounds.
It has ears like a rose or a button, and the tail is curled up like a pug. You can easily recognize this pooch as it inherits a hybrid of the projecting snout of the Pitbull and the pushed-in one of the Pug. They are affectionate and enjoy spending long hours with you even though they may be slightly stubborn. But, you cannot leave them alone for long as they don’t do well when alone.
When you go ahead to buy a Pug Pit, the prices may differ. This may depend on factors like the purity of parents’ breed, the size of the parent, and some other things. The commonality of the Pitbull parent makes them relatively cheap, making it easier for you to find a Pug Pit breeder.
You need to be sure that it hasn’t come from a very aggressive pitbull parent. Also, be sure that parents had no significant diseases. Ensure that the breeder you choose is a qualified and reliable one.
The appearance of Pitbull Pug Mix :
The qualities of your dog will depend on which parent gene is more prevalent. Even though their appearances can vary, here is something that you can expect-
Your Pitbull Pug will be taller than its Pug parent but much smaller than the Pitbull parent breed with a height of 14-15 inches and will weigh just 30 pounds at most.
Also, you can expect a pup in a variety of colors, including Blue, Black, Red, Brown, Grey, Black and White, fawn-colored, or even Brindle. The exact coloring will depend on the dominant parent breed.
The Pitbull Pugs brown eyes shaped like almonds similar to the Pug and have a short muzzle identical to the Pitbull. The nose may be blue, black, red, or brown. Your pup may have a hybrid of the prominent snout of the Pitbull and the pushed-in one of the Pug. It is possible for both the muzzles to be present in the breed. But, the pure breeds will inherit half of both the parent breeds.
They will also inherit button ears and will have a curled up tail identical to the Pug parents.
Although the head is a distinguishing feature in these puppies, you’ll find a body similar to other mixed breeds. As you may find in other Pitbull and Bulldog mixes, the Pug Pit has a short, muscular, and a stocky body. They are highly energetic and can keep up with the bigger dogs for quite a distance. So they are a perfect choice if you want a silly yet athletic dog.
Your pup will have a smooth and short coat. They will also have chubby legs, which are relatively shorter to the body. This is something that your puppy may inherit from the Pug parent. You may also find black marks similar to that of Pugs around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
History and Origin of Pitbull Pug Mix:
The exact origins of the Pitbull Pug is a piece of lesser-known information. However, you can have a better understanding of its history when you look into the roots of its parent breeds.
Time-traveling back to 206 B.C, we notice an era where the Pug used to be the favorite of the Chinese royal families. The Pugs enjoyed a luxurious living with the soldiers guarding them.
It was not until 1500 when the Chinese started to trade with the European nations, and the Pugs became a part of this as well. Not just for trade, the Pugs were given as a symbol of peace among the countries too.
Many famous names favored the Pug and Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, and William of Orange are some of them.
Much later in time, they were introduced in the United States after the Civil War. This was when the American Kennel Club recognized the Pug in 1885.
Now the Pug is a cute little lap dog that loves to cuddle and relax in its owner’s lap all through the day. It also never likes to be alone and follows the owner everywhere.
The cute, funny face and big bulgy black eyes, make the Pug a lovely companion. They shed extensively and need a lot of grooming. They love attention and are very naughty and playful. They may not be trained protectors but are cute companions to cuddle up.
The Pitbull Terrier, on the other hand, first came to be in England during the 19th century. It is a sad fact that the breed was used for blood-sports of bear and bull baiting.
It was in 1835 that these horrific habits of entertainment and sport were considered illegal. The Pitbull was then used in dog-fighting. In the future years, the Pitbulls were imported to America, which changed the purpose of their existence. They began to be used for guarding and protecting the livestock and farms. They even assisted the hunting of wild boar, and are still used for the same purpose to this day.
A common opinion prevails that Pitbull is an extremely aggressive dog. They are a crossbreed of the Terriers and Bulldogs and are famous for their protective power, fighting instincts, and the ability to pin down animals. But with proper training and monitoring of behavior, Pitbulls can be handled.
They are highly affectionate and loving and remain loyal to the owner. They exhibit their love with great loyalty towards their family.
However, they are a threat to other animals and pets in the family or outside.
Pitbulls are not at all fit for apartment living as they are highly energetic. A safe and secure open space with a lot of ground to run and play around is perfect for them.
In the effort to use the excess energy within them, Pitbull shred carpets, dresses, boots, cardboard, books, and whatnot. Thus, exercise will burn off the excess heat in them, which reduces their destructive nature.
It is also essential for you to have strict control over Pitbulls and maintain your dominance as they have the Alpha instinct in them.
The Pitbull pug mix is a combination of both and is a friendly family dog that loves to play a lot. It does not shed much and bark quite often, unlike the quiet Pug. The Pug Pitl is apt for the apartment lifestyle and gets along with the family and children.
Is Pugbul Dog Good with Children?
The Pug-a-Bull is a mix of both protective and fun-loving nature that comes from both its parents. This makes it a friendly, affectionate little pup that is great with children.
However, it may not be desirable to mix it with other pets, especially when the genes from the Pitbull parent are dominant.
Care of Pitbull Pug Mix:
Food and Nutrition Requirements:
Your Pug Pit will consume food more than a regular Pug. It is best to feed it about 1.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food. Also, it is best to feed them twice a day in a fixed schedule.
While you give them high-quality food, you need to ensure that it does not put on weight as it is highly prone to it.
High-quality food means that all of its nutritional requirements are fulfilled regularly.
To ensure that your pup does not miss out on the essential nutrients that it needs to stay healthy, you need to explore various nutritional supplements.
First, observe whether your Pug Pit is allergic to supplements. If you feel it is allergic, then consider hypoallergenic supplements.
You can get these supplements at a trusted local vet store.
Multivitamin Daily Dietary Supplements are a perfect choice to ensure an ideal blend of various essential vitamins.
This supplement will not only improve the skin and coat condition of your dog but will also improve its digestion and excretory process. A small portion of probiotics will also do the trick.
Vitamin B12 is extremely valuable for its health, and you can consider fish, poultry, and dairy products to provide your Pug with it.
There are various joint supplements available to help you prevent joint problems and diseases such as arthritis in your pup.
In the end, to provide your dog with fatty acids in the form of Omega-3, fish oil like Salmon Oil is a popular choice of supplement.
The Pug Pit is a dog with moderate energy, and you will not find it lazing around the corner of your room. These dogs appreciate long walks and runs and build up aggression when their energy levels are not met with. Such excess energy can lead to mischievous acts like shredding of papers, wood, or even tearing down curtains or pillows.
It is also a possibility that these dogs hurt themselves when you don’t give them enough time to exercise.
Such a temperament is a natural cause of worry, but an excellent way to keep their aggression in check is to burn the energy away!
You have to remember that it can be tamed as long as it is tired.
So, ensure that your dog gets an open space to run around and play, so you don’t have to deal with its aggression.
It is also best if you don’t leave your dog unmonitored for a long time, as it may end up gaining aggression. Make sure you don’t leave your dog tied up alone outside.
As Pug Pits are relatively smaller dogs, only six miles of exercise per week is essential for them. About 45 minutes of exercise every day should fulfill these needs.
The Pug Pits have the alpha feeling in them, and you must maintain strict control over them. It can be quite challenging as you need to keep a firm hand to show them that you are the dominant one.
Every dog can learn socialization if it is trained at an early stage.
When you begin the training at an early stage, make sure you use the carrot technique instead of a stick one. This is because every dog responds well to encouragement, and it will respond well when you praise it.
So begin by understanding your dog’s needs. They are sensible and love to play and enjoy physical activities. So, you can take your dog to a park every day where he learns socialization and gets around other dogs as well. This way, its prey drive can be controlled, and you won’t have to worry about its aggression.
But you should know that such training can take time and your growing puppy needs a lot of patient handling. All you need to do is train it with patience and tell him that you are the master.
It is also natural for these dogs to have a stubborn nature in them. You can consider taking them to doggy daycare or other obedience classes to help them with their behavior.
The Pit Pug is a breed that needs low maintenance. So you don’t have to devote a lot of time grooming them. But to get them used to the grooming process, it is better to start it at an early stage as they are sensitive to touch.
These dogs have short hair and barely shed. Brushing it once a week will ensure that the coat remains healthy and shiny.
To prevent bad breath and ensuring dental hygiene, brush their teeth about twice every week. To avoid tooth decay, you can also brush their teeth every day.
The dog’s nails should be trimmed about once every 2-3 weeks.
You can give your dog bath as required, to ensure it remains cool during hot days. Proper hygiene comes when you clean your dog’s ears to avoid infections and other illnesses. It is best to do it once in 2 weeks. You can opt for the various ear cleaners that are available in the market to make sure that no dirt or wax gets deposited. This can be tricky because of their floppy ears, so you’ll have to flip the ear flaps to clean them.
Pitbull Pug Mix Health Concerns:
Every dog is susceptible to specific health issues. But, you can minimize the risk by ensuring that the breeders offer a health guarantee on Pitbull Pug puppies. You should never consider buying a puppy from a breeder who cannot do this.
A reputable breeder will always be open about the health issues in the dog. He will not hesitate to give the health clearance if the dog has been tested for health issues.
The Pit Pugs could be prone to some severe health issues like:
- Hip dysplasia
- Pug encephalitis
It may also be prone to other problems like:
- Eye problems
- Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
- Pug Dog Encephalitis
- Patellar Luxation
- Corneal Cancer
Even though these dogs are likely susceptible to such issues, it can be prevented by regular health checkups and timely vaccination. You can visit your trusted local vet to know about the vaccination schedule and make sure that you don’t miss out on these.
Hopefully, this article helped you understand all that you need to know about the Pitbull Pug crossbreed. Exercise your due diligence before you go ahead to buy one. Take note of the dog’s health issues and make sure you train it well and early to help it socialize.
Hope you find your Four-legged companion in Pit Pug.
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.