Frenchie Pug

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15-20 lbs
11-12"
United States, United Kingdom, France
French Bulldog
Pug
Frug

Frenchie Pugs, affectionately known as “Frugs”, are small dogs that do not require much exercise but, nonetheless, have big personalities. They are spunky, confident, and love people. Frenchie Pugs have an average lifespan of 9 to 15 years, weight of 15 and 23 pounds, and height of 10 to 12 inches. Their coats are fine, short, and smooth and come in combinations of black, cream, white, and fawn with a possible brindle pattern and ticked markings. This hybrid likely originated in the early 1900s and might be the most popular hybrid out there. Nonetheless, Frenchie Pugs are not stabilized and can vary significantly in appearance and temperament. Most owners agree though, that the Frenchie Pug is a proud and affectionate member of the family.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1900s
Ancestry
French Bulldog, Pug

Frenchie Pug Health

Average Size
Height: 11-12 inches Weight: 18-23 lbs
Height: 11-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Neurological Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Eye conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Demodicosis
Occasional Tests
  • Biopsy
  • Neurological Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Hormone Analysis
  • Cardiac Test
  • Clinical Exam
  • Blood, Urine and Organ Tests

Frenchie Pug Breed History

The Frenchie Pug gets its name from its parent breeds: the French Bulldog and the Pug. The French Bulldog was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1898 and is a much loved breed in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Prior to his modern state, he moved from England (where English breeders first developed the toy version) to France as companions to those who made the move for a better life during the Industrial Revolution. Favored by the middle class, tourists to France soon began to want this cute canine in their homeland of North America. The Pug originated in China during the Han dynasty between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. This breed was popular among the Asian elite and royal families of the time. Pugs eventually migrated to Europe via Dutch trade routes during the 16th and 17th centuries where they were also taken in by the wealthy classes. Pugs had many names before the 1800s; they were called Carlin in France, Doguillo in Spain, Mops in Germany, and Caganlino in Italy. Their popularity in the United Kingdom, however, exploded and they earned the name Pug – which stuck – somewhere around the late 1700s. After the Civil War in the 1860s, Americans started to import Pugs to North America and in 1885 the breed was recognized by the AKC. It has been a popular pet in the United States ever since. The Frenchie Pug has been bred for a long time and is one of the most popular hybrids. It is likely to have originated in the early 1900s when the Pug population was growing by leaps and bounds in the United States. 

Frenchie Pug Breed Appearance

Frenchie Pugs are adorable creatures that look like stout versions of Pugs with “bat” ears (some have pricked ears) that stick straight up. They are small with a sturdy build and weigh between 15 and 23 pounds. Frenchie Pugs typically grow to be between 10 and 12 inches tall. Their coats are fine, short, and smooth and come in combinations of black, cream, white, and/or fawn with a possible brindle pattern and ticked markings. Some Frenchie Pugs have the notable black Pug “mask” around their face. The Frenchie Pug also has straight and strong legs with moderately-sized, compact feet. Its alert expression is emphasized by its big, dark eyes and signature wrinkles around its muzzles, which is quite short with an undershot bite.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Cream
White
Fawn
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Frenchie Pug Breed Maintenance

Frenchie Pugs are not hypoallergenic and are not suitable for owners with allergies. Due to their short coats, they do not require much grooming at all. These dogs do, however, shed quite a bit. As such, it’s important to keep a lint roller on hand at all times! Frenchie Pugs should be bathed once a month with special attention paid to keeping their ears clean of wax build up and debris to avoid infection. Owners should also be cognizant of cleaning between their pets’ face and body folds to prevent irritation and the onset of skin diseases. Beyond this, owners should brush their Frenchie Pug’s teeth every day and clip their nails once a month.

Brushes for Frenchie Pug
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Frenchie Pug Temperament

This energetic and alert pup makes a great playmate for children, adults, and other dogs alike. Frenchie Pugs have big personalities and a long history of royal treatment, so they demand frequent and consistent attention. In return, however, they are sweet, loyal, and affectionate family dogs that might even trail their owners around the house. On the flip side, Frenchie Pugs are known to be very challenging to train and require a lot of patience. Thus, early and consistent obedience training is important to raising a well-behaved Frenchie Pug. Still, Frenchie Pugs are people oriented and strive to please their owners. They can be rather amusing and quick to learn commands and tricks for entertainment. Their small size makes them suitable for apartment or urban living, but they will become destructive if they don’t receive enough social interaction. The key to maintaining a happy Frenchie Pug is to shower him with affection.  

Frenchie Pug Activity Requirements

Frenchie Pugs are somewhat active, but only need about 20 to 40 minutes of daily activity. They may enjoy a short walk, romp inside, or trip to the dog park, but prefer to lounge around the house, watching their humans. Nonetheless, French Pugs are an excitable animal that will engage in playtime if prompted. This breed also enjoys playing with chew toys and balls (though they are not skilled at retrieving). Note that Frenchie Pugs are extremely sensitive to heat, so it’s important for owners monitor their pets’ temperature, especially if it’s a particularly hot day. Accordingly, Frenchie Pugs do best in temperate to cool climates.

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

Frenchie Pug Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

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