American Pugabull

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25-70 lbs
12-18"
United States
American Bulldog
Pug

The Pug originated in China. It was often a member of royal households in Europe, and during the Victorian era, the Pug was featured in paintings, postcards, and figurines. The American Bulldog was bred for the now extinct practice of bull-baiting; farmers and ranchers used them as hunting and guard dogs. The Bulldog and the Pug are both high shedders. They are both kid-friendly dogs and are highly loyal to family members. 

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Pug

American Pugabull Health

Average Size
Height: 12-18 inches Weight: 25-70 lbs
Height: 12-18 inches Weight: 25-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Skin Scraping
  • MRI
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

American Pugabull Breed History

The American Bulldog we know today has roots in the Alabama/Georgia area of the United States. This canine was first known by the names “White English” and reversed as the “English White”, mainly because the breed was most often white. This breed worked as catchers of bulls and cattle and in the South were also often called the “Alabama” dog. They often patrolled and protected the farm too. The Pug, on the other hand, has a more royal history, right from ancient times in the emperor’s palace to lapdogs and prized companions of European nobility in the 1600’s. Brought to the United States after the Civil War, the Pug as recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The American Bulldog is recognized by the United Kennel Club, not the AKC. The Pugabull is a relatively rare hybrid breed. 

American Pugabull Breed Appearance

There is no uniform color or marking pattern for American Pugabulls. However, often the Pugabull will be fawn-colored (much like the average Pug) with black markings. The American Bulldog comes in a variety of colors: red brindle, white, red, brown, tan, fawn, and piebald. It is likely that a Pugabull can come in any of these colors or mixture of colors. Both breeds have short hair; neither has a waterproof coat. Both breeds average in softness and density. There is a definite difference in the size of each parent breed. The American Pugabull generally grows to the size of an English Bulldog and much resembles an English in build. 

American Pugabull Breed Maintenance

While the American Bulldog is only an average shedder, the Pug sheds constantly, so one can reasonably expect the Pugabull to be an average, if not above average, shedder. Both parent breeds have a short coat. It is recommended that you brush your Pugabull weekly, more if it is shedding season. Bathe the Pugabull only when necessary. You should brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week; however, daily brushing will help prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Nails should be trimmed twice a month. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, they need to be trimmed. It is recommended that you begin grooming your pup at an early age so that they become accustomed to a routine. 

American Pugabull Temperament

The Pug is a lively, friendly little dog. The American Bulldog is highly protective, loyal, brave, and alert. A mixture of the personalities would produce a loyal, active, brave, friendly Pugabull. This hybrid may not be quite as active as the Pug; however, he will still need mental and physical stimulation daily. The Pug can develop a behavioral condition known as Small Dog Syndrome; this is not a behavioral issue born into the Pug. It is a result of human interaction with the Pug. The Pug needs to know that his master is the “boss.” Much the same, the American Bulldog requires a strong leader; if not, he will assume the role of pack leader. The Pugabull may inherit this pack leader mentality, so it is important to be firm but consistent with the Pugabull. 

American Pugabull Activity Requirements

The American Bulldog is a highly active dog; however, when he is kept inside, he may become relatively inactive, especially in his older years. The Pug is a great inside dog because he does not require a great amount of exercise. However, both parent breeds are prone to getting into mischief without proper activity. Because the Pug is naturally brachycephalic, it is best not to leave the Pugabull outdoors for a long time without supervision. Brachycephalic dogs cannot get overheated, so when exercising your American Pugabull be cautious. 

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