been a trend recently, mainly among puppy farmers and back yard breeders, to
cross various breeds and give them fancy names and a fancy price. Poodles and
pugs are prime candidates for crossing, mainly because a new name can be
easily invented - 'something-oodle' or 'puga-something'. These breeds are
known in some circles as 'designer dogs', but 'designer mongrels' would be an
equally good term. Such dogs come without registration papers (only pure-breeds
can be registered), and will not breed true to type.
Pug Dog Club is dedicated to pure-bred pugs, and does not agree with the
crossing of our wonderful breed in this way.
Please do not contact the Irish
Pug Dog Club if you wish to find a crossbreed. If you wish to find a pugalier,
a puggle, or any other cross-bred dog, you will need to resort to the
various websites that list pets for sale.
the following points before deciding to buy a pug cross:
in a litter of crossbreeds will often to look similar to each other.
However, they may all look different as in any litter of mongrels.
adult size of crossbreed puppies cannot be guaranteed.
temperament of crossbreed puppies cannot be guaranteed.
health of crossbreed puppies cannot be guaranteed.
name ‘designer dogs’ was coined by puppy farmers hoping to make their pups
sound good. ‘Designer mongrel’ would be an equally good name.
breeds are often given names comprising of both the parent breed names.
This is one of the reasons that pugs and poodles are often crossed with
other breeds, to produce ‘pugwhatevers’ and ‘wahteveroodles’. Having a
cute name does not necessarily mean that the puppy will grow into a cute
should beware of paying inflated prices for puppies that are neither
registered nor purebred.
of crosses say that crossbreeds have hybrid vigour and are healthier. In
some cases this may be so, but how many breeders of crossbreeds actually
perform health checks on the parents of these litters? Many of the genetic
problems that are found in purebred dogs are found in many breeds, for
example, hip dysplasia. Crossing two breeds will not guarantee an absence
of genetic problems, and in some cases may double up on problems.
should always question the advantages or disadvantages of crossing breed X
with breed Y. What characteristics of temperament will be achieved if a
terrier is crossed with a toy breed? Such breeds have opposite
temperaments, and the temperaments of the resulting puppies will be unpredictable.
should also question the welfare of crossing breed X with breed Y where
there is a large disparity in the size of the sire and dam, the bitch may
have severe problems when whelping. This is especially so when a very
small breed, such as a Chihuahua, is crossed with a large headed breed,
such as a pug.
are not recognised by the Irish Kennel Club, or by any official Kennel
will not breed true when crossed top another similar crossbreed.
the plus side, as with any mongrel, crossbreeds can make good pets, but
please, do not be duped into thinking you are buying a ‘designer’ dog.
you do decide to buy a crossbreed, please beware of puppy farmers. Most
such dogs are bred by puppy farmers. Please do not support such people.
Some Common Pug Crosses
These are some of the commonest pug
crosses that you see advertised in Ireland.
x Boston Terrier
x Jack RussellPug zuPug
x Shih Tzu
x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
One has to ask what ‘advantages’ the
breeders are trying to achieve with some of these crosses. For example, there are huge health and
welfare implications from crossing a pug with a Chihuahua. The Club has heard
of cases of such dogs with tiny Chihuahua bodies and large pug heads that had
to be euthanased because the poor puppy could not lift its big head off the
What are breeders trying to achieve when
they cross a pug with a boston terrier or a pekingese? All three breeds have
similar brachycephalic heads and large eyes, so any suggestion that they are
trying to reduce the supposed problems in the pure breeds is clearly not so.
Why are breeders crossing hunting breeds
with toy breeds, as in the case of Jugs or Beagles? What sort of temperament
are they trying to create?