Designer dog breeds are one of the latest trends for breeders. These specialty dogs are bed to capture the most desired features between two different dog breeds in a cross. The Pugalier is a mix between a purebred Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If this is the first time you’ve heard of a Pugalier, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone. To bring you up to speed on this lovely designer pup, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Pugalier.
1. Pugaliers are small dogs
According to Dog Time, Pugaliers are small dogs that don’t take up much space. Nor do they require a lot of space. The average height of a Pugalier at maturity is between 10 to 14 inches. The weight can vary from 10 to 20 pounds. If you live in an apartment or a small house a Pugualier will adapt very well to the environment.
2. Pugliers are good for new dog owners
If you’re a novice, you should do well with a Pugalier. They’re easy to potty train if you start early when your dog is a puppy. They’re a resilient breed if you make a mistake. They’re not overly sensitive so as you’re learning, your dog will understand and won’t take it too much to heart. Pugaliers are easy going and they tend to be forgiving. They’re not overly assertive so first-time dog parents shouldn’t have much trouble managing them.
3. They look more like a Pug
According to Purina, Pugaliers usually take on the visual features of a Pug. The nose is slightly longer, but most of them more closely resemble a Pug than they do a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The ears are also longer than a purebred Pug, with the rounded head similar to the Spaniel. The color is either fawn or black and they may be on with or without white markings. The looks vary from one dog to another.
4. You must keep an eye on their eating habits
To keep your Pugalier healthy you will need to monitor his eating habits. Pugaliers are a cross-breed dog that has a tendency to put on extra weight. He needs to et a diet of hard dog food to help keep his teeth clean. Give him the recommended amount of dry dog food every day and keep an eye on his weight. Too much snacking can lead to obesity. It’s okay if he has a special treat ow and then but be aware that these little dogs are gluttons and they will overeat if you allow it.
5. Pugaliers are healthy overall, but there are some issues to watch for
This hybrid dog does have an increased risk of developing a few common health problems. Although generally healthy, they tend to experience dislocation of the knee caps, epilepsy, cataracts, and allergic skin disease. They also have a higher number of breathing problems because of the shape of their noses. Regular vet checkups are recommended to catch any problems before they become severe.
6. Pugaliers make good companions
Pugaliers are warm and affectionate dogs. They crave human companionship and could become your best friend. They are loyal and loving and they love to cuddle. Because of their small size, they’re good lapdogs. They’re the ideal companion for seniors according to Pet Guide (https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/pugalier/). They love to get attention from their pet parents, but they don’t take it over the top.
7. They have an impressive lineage
Pugalier is a crossbreed that has been in existence for about 40 years. They were first bred as designer dogs in the 1980s and became more popular by the 1990s. Their ancestry is impressive. The Pug has been a favorite breed of Chinese emperors with its origins going back to the 5th century. Their small size made them good lapdogs. Pugs were also popular among Buddhist monks in ancient times. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s origins go back to the 1600s. It was a favorite of King Charles I and King Charles II in England.
8. Pugaliers are not an officially recognized breed by AKC
Since the Pugalier is a cross-breed from two purebred breeds he is not eligible to join the American Kennel Club, although both parents are recognized breeds by the organization. This men’s that you won’t have the paperwork that confirms your dog is purebred because he cannot be considered in this class. This doesn’t mean that he is any less a special breed though. He is recognized as a member of the toy breed class of dogs.
9. Pugaliers are not a lot of work
According to Wag Walking, Pugaliers have coats that are easy to maintain. They’re not fussy dogs and their hair is easy to groom. If your Pugalier inherited his Pug parent’s coat then brushing him once a week will be enough. If his coat is ore like the Cavalier’s fur, you may need to brush him two to three times a week. Just be sure to wipe his wrinkles with a damp cloth occasionally to lessen the chances of skin infections.
10. Pugaliers live between 11 to 14 years
Pugaliers are with us long enough to become treasured members of the family. With good nutrition, regular medical exams, and lots of love, these pets live to be somewhere between 11 to 14 years of age. This is an average lifespan for a small dog. Some dogs may live even longer, but be aware that as your Pugalier begins to reach his golden years he will need your patience and understanding. He’s likely to have some problems with achy joints and his knees may come out of place more easily. Watch out for cataracts in his old age because it’s common with elderly Pugaliers.