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15-20 lbs
North America

Loyal, laid back and maybe a barker, the Daug is a small to medium sized canine that is a cross between the Dachshund and Pug. This hybrid is a relatively new one that likely originated in the United States, perhaps around 15 to 20 years ago. The Daug is a sweet family companion that can be quite heavily built and muscular when it comes to a small dog. They often have rounded faces with a few wrinkles and folds that are characteristic of their their parent breed the Pug. These hybrids tend to be low maintenance and can make great companions for owners who aren’t looking for an overly active dog.

Date of Origin
Dachshund and Pug

Daug Health

Average Size
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 18-25 lbs
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cushing's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Neurological Examination
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Daug Breed History

The Pug is an ancient breed of small dog that originated in China before 400 B.C. Not much is known about the Pug breed; some speculate that the Pug may have been created through the use of breeds such as the Pekingese or even a small Bulldog. Historically, it is thought that the Pug's main purpose was to simply serve as a royal companion to high ranking nobles and emperors in China. These dogs were treated with the utmost respect and were said to be owned solely by the wealthy, often living in palaces. The Pug, a canine who does very well in the show ring, joined the roster of purebred dogs listed with the American Kennel Club in 1885, and was entered in the Toy Group. The Dachshund is an eager and courageous little breed that was said to have been used as a hunting dog. They were mainly used to hunt animals such as badgers, foxes, deer and weasels. Their strong, short legs made them quite proficient at their jobs, enabling them to bravely enter and dig into even the smallest animal burrow. The Dachshund originated in Germany during the 1600s and in the late 1800s, this breed began gaining popularity due to his reputation for stamina and agility on the hunting grounds. This brave and feisty dog was registered in the American Kennel Club as a member of the Hound Group in 1895. 

Daug Breed Appearance

The Daug is considered a small to medium sized hybrid as they stand anywhere from 11 to 13 inches in height and weigh up to 25 pounds. These hybrids may have a small to medium sized muzzle (not as small as the Pug, though), an angular face, flopped down-rounded ears and wide, bulging eyes. They are often broad and heavily built, and their legs and body tend to be muscular. The body tends to be long like the Dachshund and wide like the Pug. You may notice wrinkles and folds concentrated near the forehead and snout area. Some hybrids may develop the classic characteristic underbite seen in the Pug. Coat colors can be silver, fawn, brown and black.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Daug Breed Maintenance

These hybrids can have either short or slightly long fur, so grooming requirements will depend on the how long your Daug’s coat is. For the most part, the Daug tends to be low maintenance, making them ideal for busy owners. These hybrids are seasonal low to moderate shedders but may shed somewhat throughout the year, requiring their coats to be brushed at least twice a week with a soft bristle brush. Bathing should be kept to a minimum as these hybrids can be prone to drying skin and dandruff problems. As with all dogs, teeth cleaning, ear cleaning and nail trimming should be done every 4 to 6 weeks, with teeth cleaning being done more often. Additionally, should your Daug take on more Pug features such as “wrinkles and folds” then owners should clean in between these folds in order to prevent bacterial buildup.

Brushes for Daug
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Daug Temperament

Daugs make lovely family dogs as they are friendly, laid back and often glue themselves to their owners. These sturdy little lap dogs tend to be very friendly towards other pets including cats, dogs and even other small mammals. These hybrids may be barkers and often don’t like being left alone for too long. They may be cautious and aggressive around strangers at first and will bark a lot around new people, but in no time your Daug will accept strangers into their home. Daugs are often quite good with children but will need to be socialised with them during puppyhood. In turn, children need to be taught to respect animals and treat them with gentleness and care.

Daug Activity Requirements

This hybrid may have bursts of energy, but for the most part is a pretty mellow dog. He doesn't demand too much activity and exercise but should still be taken on at least two walks per day. The Daug may have a strong prey drive, so providing soft toys and balls may help provide mental stimulation, although this hybrid will ask for and expect interaction with family members, too. Take him to the dog park on a regular basis so that he can meet and greet other canines and people. He'll enjoy obedience training and could be quite good at earth dog competitions if given the chance. Keep him entertained and stimulated and your lap will be the perfect place to rest after a fun day.

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

Daug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Daug Owner Experiences

7 Weeks
3 People
Very sweet and loving. Bonded quickly
3 weeks, 2 days ago
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Playing tug of war
Playing fetch
He's a sweetheart, with TONS of energy, but a little difficult to house train. He'll get it. Such a loving pup.
6 days, 17 hours ago
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