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Puginese Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Puginese so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Pug and Pekingese mix

Puginese Size and Weight

Is a Puginese small, medium or large dog?

How big do Puginese get?

What is the average size of a Puginese?

How much does the Puginese weigh? How much should a Puginese weight? What is the normal weight of a Puginese? How much does a full-grown Puginese weight?
Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Puginese?
Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
How tall is the Puginese? Puginese height:
Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Puginese?
Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Puginese Price and Availability

How much does the Puginese puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Puginese in the United States? How much money is a Puginese?

Where to buy a Puginese with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Puginese, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Puginese for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Puginese gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Puginese? How many Puginese are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Puginese is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Puginese Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Puginese? Is the Puginese breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Puginese obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Puginese ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Puginese dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Puginese?
Puginese dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Puginese good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Puginese dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Puginese dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Puginese dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Puginese Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Puginese have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Puginese sensitivity:
Puginese dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Puginese a good family dog?
High: Puginese dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Puginese need? Puginese social needs:
Puginese dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Puginese to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Puginese roam?
Puginese dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Puginese have high prey drive?
Puginese dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Puginese dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Puginese Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Pugineses are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Do Puginese dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Puginese bark?
Average to High: The Puginese is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Puginese good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Puginese in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Puginese breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Puginese Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Puginese dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Puginese be left alone? How long can you leave a Puginese alone?
Puginese dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Puginese Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Puginese has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Puginese? How much bite force does a Puginese have? How strong is a Puginese bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Puginese bite force: Weak. The Puginese bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Puginese measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Puginese may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Puginese being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Puginese bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Puginese puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Puginese can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Puginese bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Puginese? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Puginese? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Puginese has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Puginese do?
Puginese dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Puginese dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Puginese Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Puginese dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Puginese rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Puginese breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Puginese breed? Most common health risks of Puginese:
Cataracts Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationAllergiesProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)EpilepsyEntropionVaccination SensitivityIntervertebral Disk DiseaseExposure Keratopathy SyndromeDemodectic MangeDistichiasisMitral Valve DiseaseCryptorchidismCorneal UlcersEctopic CiliaCleft PalateBrachycephalic SyndromeDry EyeHydrocephalusHemi-vertebraeKeratoconjunctivitis SiccaCheyletiella DermatitisNerve DegenerationProptosisPug Dog EncephalitisStaphylococcus InfectionYeast Infection
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Puginese breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Puginese see the vet?
The Puginese should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Puginese dogs live? How old can a Puginese be? What is the age limit of the Puginese? How many years can the oldest Puginese live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Puginese?

How long is the lifespan of a Puginese?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Puginese: 14 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Puginese Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Puginese have? What is the activity level of the Puginese?
Puginese dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Puginese need? How much exercise do Puginese dogs require per day?

Do Puginese dogs need a lot of exercises?

Puginese dogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Puginese breed need?
Puginese dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.

Puginese Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Puginese need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Puginese breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Puginese? How much food should I feed my Puginese?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Puginese risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Puginese's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Puginese weight regularly.

Puginese Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Puginese have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Puginese coats?
BlackGray Red Cream White Fawn
How to groom the Puginese and how often? How often should I take my Puginese to the groomer?
Average: The Puginese requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Puginese, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Puginese dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Puginese? Do Puginese dogs shed a lot?
Puginese dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Puginese breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Puginese need a bath? How often should you give a Puginese a bath? Can I bathe my Puginese every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Puginese breed hypoallergenic?
Puginese dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Puginese has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Puginese drool?
The Puginese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Puginese could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Puginese.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Puginese Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Puginese dogs get along with other pets? Are Puginese dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Puginese dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Puginese temperament with other people:
Puginese dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Puginese dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Puginese temperament with children:
Puginese dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Puginese dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Puginese breed live with a cat?
Puginese dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Puginese good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Puginese dogs get along with other dogs?
Puginese dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Puginese can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Puginese breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Puginese breed suitable for first-time owners?
Puginese dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Puginese dogs good office canines? Do Puginese dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Puginese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Puginese dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Puginese temperament with senior people? Are Puginese dogs good for elderly owners?
Pugineses are commonly okay with elderly people.

Puginese As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Puginese be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Puginese is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Puginese be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Puginese be an emotional support animal?


This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Puginese breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Puginese be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Puginese is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Puginese be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Puginese is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Puginese be a boat dog?

Not really

Puginese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Puginese be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Puginese is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Puginese dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Puginese Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Puginese pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Puginese breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Puginese: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Puginese have in a litter? How many puppies can the Puginese breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Puginese have? How many puppies can a Puginese give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Puginese Recognition

AKC Group
Is Puginese recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Puginese recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Puginese Pros and Cons

  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Puginese breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Puginese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Puginese dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Puginese dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Puginese dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Puginese dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Puginese dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Puginese dogs shed above average.
  • Stinkiness: The Puginese has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Puginese's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Puginese dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Puginese is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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