8-13 lbs
Brussels Griffon

The Brug is a small dog that is the result of mixing a Brussels Griffon with the Pug dog. This hybrid dog is quite rare, but is becoming very popular because of its outgoing personality and small size which makes it good for small homes and apartments. The Brug is full of self-importance and good nature that is typical of companion dogs that become part of a family who adores them and showers them with affection. They expect that everyone they meet is a friend or fan. This sense of importance can sometimes land them in trouble, especially when they have no fear to walk up to a big dog and check them out. This action can sometimes be interpreted as a dominance challenge. The Brug is loyal to their owner almost to the point of possessiveness. They can get snappy with small children who may unintentionally hurt the small dog or play too rough. The Brug is sensitive to its owner’s moods, and can become barky if unnerved or lonely. Lively, intelligent and affectionate, the Brug will be your friend for the length of its engaging life.

Companion, watchdog
Date of Origin
Brussels Griffon and Pug

Brug Health

Average Size
Male Brug size stats
Height: 9-13 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Brug size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Skin Allergies
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis)
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Optical Examination for PRA
  • Full Blood Profile
  • Skin Biopsy

Brug Breed History

Because the Brug is a new hybrid breed, the history is not as extensive as established dog breeds. But by looking at the history of the parent dogs, we can get an idea of the characteristics that the Brug will inherit. To begin with, the Pug originated in China, where they were prized by the Emperors and lived in luxury. In the latter part of the 1500s and early 1600s when China began trading with other countries, the first Pugs arrived in Europe with the Dutch traders. The traders called the breed Mopshond, which is still used today. The Pug became a favourite of the royal households throughout Europe. In Holland, the Pug became famous after it saved the life of William, Prince of Orange by giving warning of the approaching Spaniards. As a reward, the Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange. Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops, and Josephine Bonaparte had a Pug called Fortune. Queen Victoria had many Pugs and even bred them. Pugs were introduced into the United States of America after the Civil War, and the American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1885. The history of the Brussels Griffon is the complete opposite to the royal pomp and ceremony enjoyed by the Pug. The Brussels Griffon came from Belgium where they were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin in the city stables. The breed we know today was created from several breeds, namely the Affenpinscher, English Toy Spaniel and – the Pug dog! They had great hunting abilities and over time these cocky little dogs became popular with noblemen and workers. In 1898 the Brussels Griffon found its way to America, and was recognised in 1900 by the AKC. Numbers shrank during the World Wars I and II due to poverty stricken families who could not afford to keep dogs. The breed hung on in England, thanks to devoted English breeders. Although the Brussels Griffon remains a rare breed, they became trendy in the 1950s and again in 1990s after they upstaged Jack Nicholson in the movie ‘As Good as It Gets’. With all this illustrious history behind him, the Brug can afford to carry himself with dignity and self-importance.

Brug Breed Appearance

The Brug is an attractive small dog with shortish hair that is either rough or smooth in texture. The coat comes in a wide range of colors. The smooth coat is short and straight, has a glossy sheen and lays flat to the skin, while the rough haired Brug has a longer coat that is dense and wiry. The Brug has a sturdy compact build and has a short muzzle somewhere between the flat face of the Brussels Griffon and the Pug dog. They often have the undershot jaw of the Pug. With a slightly comical face and often with wrinkles from the Pug parent, the Brug carries themselves with dignity. The head is round and they have large round eyes. The ears are floppy and silky. The Brug has short sturdy legs and a tail that is either short and pointed, or a curled tail. The paws are small and rounded. Since it is a rare breed, the appearance of the Brug can vary depending on how much of the parent breeds characteristics they have inherited. But they are not a dog to be ignored or overlooked.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Brug eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Brug nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Brug coat
white Brug coat
brown Brug coat
black Brug coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Brug straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Brug Breed Maintenance

Whatever the coat type, the Brug requires brushing once or twice a week with a firm brush which will help to eliminate shedding hairs. The Brug only needs a bath infrequently, doing so more often will strip the coat of its natural oils and dry your dog’s skin out. A rub down with a soft damp cloth will soon have the Brug looking its best. Be sure to make sure any folds or wrinkles are dried well. Combine the coat care with an ear check, wiping out the ear to maintain good health and remove any build-up of dirt or wax. It is an appropriate time while your dog is relaxing and enjoying the attention, to quietly check its teeth for any build-up of plaque or infection. Train your Brug to enjoy a short tooth brushing episode and shower with praise when they allow you to carry out this essential care process. Observe your dog nails and clip when required. A sure sign that they are growing too long is when they click while walking.

Brushes for Brug
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Brug requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Brug Temperament

The Brug is a little dog with a big attitude. Full of its own importance, it is engaging and affectionate, giving full loyalty to its owner. The owner does need to prove that they are the leader or the Brug may take advantage of any weakness, becoming possessive and aggressive. These dogs are playful and curious, they assume everything and everyone likes them and are very outgoing in nature if they are socialised well when young. If not, the Brug can become emotionally dependent and intolerant of unusual situations or boisterous children. This hybrid responds well to praise and rewards during training, but they do have a stubborn streak that may surface. Patience is needed to get you through this, as harsh handling may damage your dog's sensitive nature. Overall, the Brug is an ideal companion who will offer support when you are down, and celebrate with you when things go right. They love nothing better than to curl up on your lap and absorb all the attention and love you can give. The Brug is a happy, playful dog that is cheerful and energetic.

Brug Activity Requirements

While the Brug is an active indoor dog and can get all the exercise he needs by its indoor activities, it is still a good practice to take them out for a walk. This activity will satisfy their energy requirements, and keep them mentally stimulated as they explore new surroundings. Taking your Brug out for a walk or down to the dog park to play is a fantastic way to ensure your dog is fully socialised with other people and pets. Because the Brug is a small dog with a very large personality, you may need to keep a careful eye on his antics when out and about. Their self-assured carriage and lofty expectations that everyone will, of course, love them can get them into trouble. They are very playful and will happily join in a game but you must be careful they don’t get stood on and hurt during physical games. The Brug enjoys exploring a well fenced yard whether it’s a town or country location, but his preference is to be with you, wherever you are.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Brug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Brug Owner Experiences

11 Years
2 People
House & Yard
great friend & companion
2 weeks, 4 days ago
10 Years
3 People
Bath time
High Five
Catch treats
Dog Parks
He’s always been an awesome dog. Developed epilepsy at 2 years old but is still going strong with the help of CBD. He’s very playful and the most loyal dog I’ve ever had. The best temperament and personality. He loves other dogs and cats just the same as he loves all people!
5 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
2 People
Brody likes to jump up and climb on furniture. We have found him on the kitchen table several times. He wants to be around his people and is happiest when we are cuddled up. He is energetic and loves going to the park for a brisk walk. He can get into mischief if we are not supervising him. Overall he is a wonderful companion animal and has very communicative expressions.
7 months, 1 week ago
6 Years
5 People
House & Yard
we love him he's a great dog
2 years, 7 months ago
just died at 14
2 People
Would love to have another puppy but hard to find. If you know of any please contact me at
2 years, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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