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Bugg Breed Information

Description: The Bugg breed is a hybrid mix of Pug and Boston Terrier. The crossbreed is small in size and playful by nature. The short-haired breed is low-maintenance with little shedding and overall good health. Bug dogs are loyal, affectionate and known for being excellent companions for growing families. Their scrunched noses, large ears and long legs make them appealing to owners.

Other Names: Buggs, Pugin, Pug- Boston Terrier Mix

Type: Hybrid

Height: 10-17 in.

Weight: 15-25 lbs.

Colors: Bugg dogs come in a variety of colors, commonly black or brindle coats with white patches on their face, belly and feet.

Coat: Buggs have short, fine coats that are in need of very little upkeep. 

Temperament: Buggs are known for being affectionate, territorial and spirited. They thrive in a family setting while being patient with children and toddlers. They prove their loyalty to humans by barking when unknown sights and sounds occur. Their gentle nature keeps Buggs versatile for both indoor and outdoor activities. With Children: Bugg dogs are always up for a game of fetch with young members of the family. Its small size makes this breed an ideal fit for family new to having a dog.  With Pets: Buggs are known as a fiercely loyal breed who have a hard time accepting the presence of other pets. However, if they are introduced to other dogs while they are puppies, they can curve that habit by adulthood.  

Watch-dog: Buggs are very alert and have no problem barking at unknown sights and sounds. This and their loyalty to their owner makes the breed a great watch dog. 

Guard-dog: Buggs have heroic personalities but their petite size bars them from being a good guard dog.

Care and Training: Buggs enjoy swimming, short walks and trips to the playground when it comes to getting their exercise in. This breed has healthy activity needs that can be filled with a daily hour of play. Buggs are required to be brushes once a week and their facial skin folds should be cleaned to avoid allergies. Owners should watch for debris buildup in their Bugg’s eyes; too much can cause vision problems down the line. 

Learning Rate: Moderate. Obedience: Moderate. Although Buggs are known to be stubborn, they will thrive in proper training and reward based practice. Problem Solving: Moderate. 

Activity: Moderate. 

Living Environment: Buggs can adapt to both apartment and house living quarters. Due to its petite size, the dog does not need a lot of room to live.

Health Issues: Buggs may be subject to Brachycephalic Syndrome, a condition in which the “shortened” facial bones cause difficulty in breathing.

Life Span: 10-13 years. 

Litter Size: 4-8 puppies.

Country of Origin: United States of America

History: The Bugg breed origin is not exactly on record but breeders claim the creation entered the designer dog arena in the 1980’s. Like most hybrid mixes, the origin story of Buggs is based off of its parent breeds, Boston Terrier and Pugs. The Boston Terrier, is fondly known as the American Gentleman due to his friendly and jovial personality. The breed took its name in 1889. The Pug, a well-known breed originating from China, was brought over to Holland by Portuguese traders in the 16th century. Some would suggest that crossing Pugs and Boston Terriers was valuable because it created a very small lapdog that combines the best characteristics of both breeds.

First Registered by the AKC: The Bug is not recognized by the AKC because it is a designer breed. 

Class: Hybrid

Registries: ACHC, DBR, DDKC, DRA, IDCR
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