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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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