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Puggat

Puggat

The clownish and pleasant disposition of the Pug teamed with the high energy of the Rat Terrier makes the Puggat and incredibly fantastic breed. If you are looking for a clingy lap dog that would follow you where you go, then the Puggat would be ideal for you. 

They would intimate you with a bark upon sighting a stranger at the onset. Still, they would accept the latter upon getting your consent. With obedience training and tactful handling, the Rat Terrier – Pug mix would go on to become an ideal house pet.

Dog Profile

  • Other Names:Rug Rat
  • Breed Registry Details:ACHC, IDCR, DRA, DDKC
  • Common Physical Features:Pug-like features: Broad head; short muzzle; dark round eyes; wrinkly face; folded ears; curled tail

    Rat Terrier-like features: Wedge-shaped head widening towards its ears;oval-shaped eyes; erect ears;erect tail
  • History:N/A
  • Coat Type:Short, smooth and shiny fitted closely onto its body, with a soft or coarse texture
  • Colors:Black, brown, golden, white
  • Lifespan:12 – 14 years
  • Size:Small to Medium
  • Height:11 – 16 inches
  • Weight:12 – 25 pounds
  • Litter Size:4 – 6 puppies
  • Temperament:Affectionate, playful, intelligent, easygoing
  • Kids-Friendly:Yes
  • Stranger-friendly:Somewhat  
  • Animal-Friendly:Somewhat; good with dogs but could chase cats and smaller pets
  • Climate Compatibility:Moderate; Intolerance to heat if on the Pug’s side; can withstand hot climates if more inclined towards the Rat Terrier
  • Apartment-friendly:Yes; if their exercise needs are met 
  • Care Level:Moderate
  • Exercise Requirements:Moderate; Walking: 30 minutes; Playing: 15 minutes
  • Grooming Needs:Low
  • Coat Brushing:Regular; once a week using a slicker brush for removing dead hair
  • Bathing:Occasional; once a month
  • Eyes and Ears Cleaning:Regular; once a week
  • Brushing of Teeth:Regular; once a week
  • Nail Clipping:Occasional; two times a month
  • Feeding:Adult: 1.5 – 2 cups dry dog food per day

    Puppies: ½ cups dry dog food per day
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate; emits a short and sharp bark on seeing a stranger or sensing anything unusual
  • Trainability:Easy; housetraining could be a challenge since they, like their Pug parents, have less control over their bladder till six months of age
  • Common Health Problems:Hip dysplasia, brachycephalic obstruction airway syndrome, patellar luxation, dry eye, skin problems
  • Origin:USA

Who is the Puggat Good For

  • Those looking for a low maintenance dog.
  • People who don’t have cats or other smaller pets at home.
  • Individuals wanting a lap cum watchdog
  • Those who would be able to provide a lot of attention to these dogs and not leave them alone.

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