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Pitbull Pug Mix: Pitbull and Pug Breed

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog
Pitbull Pug Mix

Pitbull Pug Mix

A popular breed that has recently been brought up into public consciousness has been the Pitbull Pug mix.  This hybrid has been known to be highly intelligent, very affectionate, and extremely cute. Even though their Pitbull parental line has had some media misconceptions, this adorable mix has been nothing but welcomed into the public eye, as it is known to have taken the best of both breeds. The friendly nature of this mixed breed has considerably shifted the people’s perception of the Pitbull breed towards a positive light. This breed though new, is already recognized by international associations. 


Bulldog Pug Mix Facts

Weight 25 to 30 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Size Small to medium
Coat Short, straight, and smooth
Colour Varies, it can be red, black, fawn, cream, or brown
Coat length Short
Coat texture Straight and smooth
Eyes Usually brown, but some variations might have blue eyes
Ears Usually floppy
Temperament Adaptable, playful, and loyal
Life expectancy 10 to 13 years
Hypoallergenic No
Kid-friendly Yes, but older children
Breed recognition Yes



The Bulldog Pug Mix is a Hybrid Dog Breed

People’s minds have changed considerably in modern times, and now household animals have taken such an important role, that picking what kind of animal you’re going to keep in your home for the rest of their life is a crucial decision. 

While you decide if this gorgeous hybrid mix is for you, you can learn some exciting facts about the breed, that might help you decide if this amazing dog is ideal for you and your loved ones.

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Pitbull Pug Mix Breed

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed

5 Reasons Why you Should Get a Bulldog Pug Mix

  1. Great family dog: The Pitbull Pug mix is a great family dog that will be a great addition to any household. They’re very friendly and lovable, and love to play around and explore. If they take after their Pug parental line, then they’re going to be extremely friendly to everyone, including other pets and strange people. If they take after their Pitbull side, however, they’re going to very protective and affectionate of mostly just their family.
  2. Adaptable to their environment: Even though the Pitbull Pug mix is very active and they love being outside, they’re rather adaptable to any sort of environment. They will be as happy in a big house as they’ll be in an apartment, as long as they get their appropriate amount of exercise. Since their Pug lineage is generally a medium to low energy dog, this hybrid mix will be quite content to just stay home next to their owners, as long as they’re included in the family’s activities.
  3. They’re very good watchdogs: This is a trait that falls directly into their Pitbull parental line. The Pitbull Pug mix is an extremely alert dog that will let their owners know if they see or hear anything out of the ordinary. They’re also very protective of their family circle and will do everything in their power to defend them if they ever feel like their owners are in some sort of danger.
  4. Intelligent as well as beautiful: This particular breed has a great advantage over other hybrid breeds (note) which is that both of their parental lines are known for being very intelligent and clever. That means the training of the Pitbull Pug mix is going to be easy as long as proper boundaries are set for them early own. They’re very receptive to commands, and they will listen to the person they consider their “alpha”, or rather the person they see as an authority.
  5. They’re small, yet athletic: Both the Pitbull and the Pug are breeds that can be easily excitable, which can only mean that the Pitbull Pug mix is going to be a blend of both of their personalities and be the soul of the party at all times. This hybrid is very happy and they’re known to run around in excitement, especially if they see their family or someone they love. This athletic build also allows them to keep up in situations in which they might need higher energy and resistance, such as hikes or long walks.
Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Get a Bulldog Pug Mix

  1. They can be overprotective: This trait is a double-edged sword. As mentioned before, the Pitbull Pug mix is a great watchdog because of their fantastic protective instincts. However, this can sometimes get them into trouble. They can be too overprotective of the people that they love and they might try to “protect” them for things they don’t need it for. For example, they might bark at someone whom they don’t know, just because they stand too near their owners. This is a trait that can be sorted by making sure that the breed is always properly socialized, so they don’t see new people or animals as possible threats.
  2. They could be quite loud: This is a characteristic that can be attributed mostly to their Pitbull parental line. The Pitbull Pug mix can be very loud in two particular situations: either they’re excited or they’re warning you about something. Both are situations that can be understood, but unlike their Pug parentage, this hybrid breed can bark quite a lot when they need to catch their owners’ attention. The barking can be controlled by setting correct boundaries between the dog and the owner, as they are quite receptive to direct commands.
  3. Early socialization is crucial: The Pitbull Pug mix will need a higher amount of socialization than other similar breeds (note) because they tend to be wary of other animals and some strangers. This is not a difficult issue to deal with, but it will take more time than other breeds. People who do not have the time to enter the commitment of easing them through their training might have issues with them in the future and they could be discouraged to welcome this breed into their home.
  4. They’re quite stubborn: Both of their parent breeds are extremely sweet dog, but unfortunately, they can also be quite strong-headed. This means that a mix of the two will have quite a stubborn streak in them. They need a strong (but gentle) hand to train them in their early years, as they will try to establish dominance and position themselves as the “alpha” or the leader. They will need to learn that the leader of the “pack”, the family, in this case, is the one that they must listen to, and this can sometimes be tricky if not done properly. If this doesn’t occur, they might grow up not listening to anyone, and being quite rebellious.
  5. Don’t leave them alone: The Pitbull Pug mix is an extremely affectionate dog and they will get attached to their owners and form a meaningful bond with them. This can also mean that they will not adapt easily to being left alone, and this might take them to adopt undesirable behaviors. This particular breed does not take well into being alone most of the time, so they might not be ideal for a family who works a lot or who can’t spend a lot of time with them. They might want to act out to get the attention of their owners, and this is a behavior that cannot be encouraged.
Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Brown

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Brown

Body of the Bulldog Pug Mix

Generally, when it comes to mixed breeds (note), the end product can favor either of their parental lines or come up as something entirely in between. This depends on the genes of the dogs in particular, as well as how strong that particular genetic lineage is. In this case, the Pitbull Pug mix tends to be around 13 to 16 inches in height and weight 25 to 30 pounds, which is still considered a fairly small dog.

The muzzle of the Pitbull Pug mix can vary, but it can generally favorite their Pitbull lineage, with it being only slightly smaller than the pure Pitbull breed. They have a muscular physique and can get quite stocky if exercised properly. They usually have the adorable feature of the curled tail characteristic of their Pug parent. Their eyes are usually brown, but some variations might have blue eyes, and their ears are usually floppy. The coats of the hybrid are short, straight, and smooth. They have the great advantage of being very easy to groom.

The Pitbull Pug mix can come in a variety of colors. They can be red, black, fawn, cream or brown, or even a combination of all the above. This is a particular trait that cannot be predicted and that will be entirely defined by the specific individuals that were bred.

Temperament of the Bulldog Pug Mix

The Pitbull Pug mix has an interesting temperament and personality. Unlike other hybrid breeds (note) this particular mix has the interesting trait of coming from two pure breeds of very different personalities. Thanks to their Pitbull side, they tend to be a lot louder than their Pug parents and will bark a lot, especially if they feel like they need to get their owners’ attention. They’re also more alert than their Pug lineage, even if they’re just as playful and friendly. The Pitbull Pug mix is also a dog that will adapt very easily to different situations, and they will not have an issue adapting to a smaller space. They respond extremely well to positive reinforcement, perhaps even better than other hybrids as they’re very clever animals.

This breed also doesn’t like to be alone a lot. They have a pack mentality that has been passed down from their Pitbull lineage, which means that they will always want to be around their “pack” or family. They can develop some bad behaviors that come from separation anxiety, so it’s important to not leave them alone for a long time, as they can actually wreck quite havoc given the opportunity.

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Black

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Black

Feeding the Bulldog Pug Mix

Because this breed is bigger than your average Pug, their food consumption is a lot higher too. The Pitbull Pig mix usually has a recommended maximum amount of food, which goes from 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dog food, regardless if it’s wet or dry food. This breed has a particularity and it’s that, unlike many other hybrid breeds (note), they are not as obsessed with food. While they love treats and will chase you for them, they won’t eat everything around the house if left to their own devices. As with any other Pug mixes, it’s important to make sure that you pay proper attention to this breed’s weight, as they are prone to obesity and diseases related to overweight.

A good feeding recommendation for the Pitbull Pug mix is to be mindful of their energy and carbohydrates intake. Most commercial dog food has a nutrient table at their disposal and your vet will be able to tell you whether that food is ideal for your dog, depending on the amount of exercise they get daily.

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog - Pitbull and Pug

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog – Pitbull and Pug

Grooming the Bulldog Pug Mix

The Pitbull Pug mix is an excellent dog for people who are looking for a pet that doesn’t have a lot of grooming requirements. This breed has short and straight hair, that allows them to be considerably low maintenance when it comes to their grooming and unlike other hybrid breeds (note), they only require hair brushing once or twice a week. Their shedding is rather low, so even though they’re not hypoallergenic, they can be great for families with smaller spaces that don’t like a lot of hair around the house. They do require to get baths every once a month, as they can suffer from dry skin, that if not properly taken care of, might cause them dandruff.

When it comes to their nails and ear grooming, they require the average that most dogs need. Their nails should be trimmed every 3 or 4 weeks, to avoid overgrown nails that click against the floor. Their ears should be cleaned regularly, usually every 1 or 2 weeks, to avoid any dirtiness that might cause ear infections or issues in the long run.

There’s one aspect in which they have a higher requirement than other breeds: their dental hygiene. This breed needs teeth cleaning at least 2 times a week because they can be prone to cavities or teeth issues.

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Black

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Black

Health Risks of the Bulldog Pug Mix

While most breeds have the potential to develop diseases, one big advantage that hybrid breeds have is that they can have a lower chance of presenting diseases, as the strengths for both pure breeds present themselves into the mix. Unfortunately, they also have the chance to present any of the diseases that come from their parental lines, if they’re not properly taken care of. Prevention is key to be able to avoid any possible health complications with your hybrid. 

The biggest issues that the Pitbull Pug mix can have health-wise can be separated into two categories: bone and joint issues (hip dysplasia, especially) from their Pitbull parental line and breathing issues from their Pug parental line. The first part of understanding the bone and joint issues from the Pitbull lineage has to do with weight control and exercise management. Along with hip dysplasia, they can also get issues with their vertebrae, patellar luxation, and arthritis.

On the other hand, the issues regarding their Pug parental line involves mostly breathing issues, more specifically, the BOAS (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome). Thankfully, this issue depends on whether the dog takes after this genetic line, and inherits their flat face.

Pitbull Pug Mix Dog Facts

Pitbull Pug Mix Dog Facts

How to Buy a Bulldog Pug Mix?

Even though the Pitbull Pug mix is not as popular as other hybrid breeds, it’s important to have in mind that the most critical thing about buying this type of dog is to find a reputable breeder, that can bring you the certification that their dogs are being bred in the best conditions of animal welfare. When it comes to their price, the range is usually put between $700 and $1200 depending on the breeder. Anything lower than that, you might want to consider that it’s not a pure Pitbull Pug mix, or that they’re not being raised appropriately.

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Brown

Pitbull Pug Mix Breed Dog Brown

Bulldog and Pug Facts

The Bulldog

Pitbull Characteristics: This breed of dog is known because of its stocky and strong appearance. While most people have an image of the Pitbull as an aggressive breed, this couldn’t be further from the truth. They are fun-loving, gentle, and extremely loyal to their family. They are very adventurous and love to spend time outside. Their height has a range of 17 to 19 inches and their weight goes from 55 to 70 pounds. Their coat is short and soft, and their eyes are usually small and can be brown, green, or blue.

The Pug

Pug Characteristics: The Pug is a breed of dog that is famous because of their wrinkly face and pudgy body. This pure breed is ideal for people who love affectionate dogs, with a lot of personalities. Their height has a range of 10 to 12 inches and their weight goes from 15 to 18 pounds. They have a coat that is short, dense, and easy to groom. The most important thing to know about this breed is the consideration of their “flat” face as the source of many of their health issues.