Pug-Coton

12-14 lbs
8-10"
Unknown
Pug
Coton de Tulear
The Pug-Coton is a hybrid breed. His parent breeds are the Pug and the Coton de Tulear. He is a friendly, loyal family pet. A rather small dog, even at maturity, the Pug-Coton will weigh no more than twenty pounds. He is highly intelligent, and he is fairly easy to train. He is only somewhat active; he will need a daily walk, but he does not require a great deal of exercise. He is not a heavy shedder although he will have longer hair. He is great with all member of the family, including children. He will do well in either an apartment or a home with a fenced-in yard.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Pug, Coton de Tulear

Pug-Coton Health

Average Size
Male Pug-Coton size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Female Pug-Coton size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Pug-Coton Breed History

The Pug-Coton is a hybrid dog, and, in this case, there is not a great deal of information about his exact origins. However, we can study the parent breeds to learn more about the history of the hybrid dog. The Pug was once considered Chinese royalty. He was a favorite of Chinese emperors, and, as he found his way out of the country through trading, the Pug became a favorite with the royalty of other nations. The dog was named the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland and Marie Antoinette owned a pug prior to her marriage to Louis XVI. Queen Victoria, known for her love of dogs and her breeding program, loved the Pug breed. The Pug made its way to America after the Civil War, and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Coton de Tulear hails from the island of Madagascar. He is related to the Bichon family of canines and very much resembles them. No one knows exactly how the dog came to be; some believed that the dog was a companion and ratter on merchant ships. Others state that the dogs are the survivors of a shipwreck on the island. Either way, the dog is highly popular in its native land. Cotons were brought to America in the 1970s; at the same time, a Frenchman took some Cotons back to France with him, where he continued to develop the breed. He is as of yet still not recognized by the American Kennel Club; however, one must remember that he is a fairly new breed.

Pug-Coton Breed Appearance

The Pug-Coton is a small dog. At maturity he will weigh twenty pounds or less. Males and females are approximately the same size. Coloring will vary, depending on the dominant parent breed. He may be black, white, gray or brown. He may also be a combination of colors. His hair will normally be long; however, he does not shed very much. His long hair will be slightly wavy and silky; it may be as long as four inches. Often the Pug-Coton will have dark (black or brown) markings on its ears, head, and body. By the time the Pug-Coton is an adult, these dark markings may lighten somewhat. He will have a petite build; without his hair, he might appear to be dainty and fragile. His tail may curl over his back and have feathering on it. Feathering may also occur on the legs.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pug-Coton eyes
Hazel
brown Pug-Coton eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pug-Coton nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Pug-Coton coat
Cream
black Pug-Coton coat
Black
gray Pug-Coton coat
Gray
white Pug-Coton coat
White
pied Pug-Coton coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pug-Coton wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pug-Coton Breed Maintenance

The Pug-Coton will require a moderate amount of maintenance. His long hair will need to be brushed three or four times a week to prevent matting and tangles. He only sheds minimally throughout the year, a little more during the spring and fall when his coat changes. While he is not considered hypoallergenic, he is a recommended breed for those who fight allergies (experts recommend spending time with a Pug-Coton just to be sure that he will not cause an allergic reaction). For easier maintenance, you may choose to clip your Pug-Coton. Others simply keep his facial hair trimmed, and others keep it in a cute top-knot on his head. Bathe him when necessary. Tip: Pat him dry rather than rubbing him down with a towel to prevent matting. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. To prevent tooth decay, brush teeth daily. Trim his nails every two or three weeks, provided he does not wear them down on his own.
Brushes for Pug-Coton
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pug-Coton requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pug-Coton Temperament

The Pug-Coton is a friendly, happy little dog. He loves his family, from kids to adults, and he is highly loyal to them. He is somewhat protective, although his small stature doesn't always make him appear intimidating. He is highly intelligent; teach him a few tricks and keep toys that are mentally stimulating around so that he does not become bored and destructive. He is a quick learner and very easy to train; however, it is recommended that one begins training as early as possible so that the Pug-Coton will understand what you expect from him. He is mellow, and he does not care to be overly active. A female Pug-Coton is likely to be more independent and stubborn than a male. Pug-Cotons are not for those who travel often or are away for hours at a time. He is quick to form a quick bond with his human family and is prone to suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time.

Pug-Coton Activity Requirements

The Pug-Coton is a rather laid-back dog. He does not require much in the way of activity. A short, brisk walk or two per day is sufficient exercise for him. Again, he enjoys mental stimulation, and this can be provided by toys that engage his mind. Teach him tricks that exercise his mind as well. A trip to the dog park also provides a great opportunity for exercise. Keep in mind that the Pug-Coton may inherit the brachycephalic snout of his Pug parent. If this is the case, the Pug-Coton absoultely must not be allowed to become overexerted or overheated. Keep a little water handy as you walk or play at the park.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Pug-Coton Food Consumption

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

Pug-Coton Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pug-Coton size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Pug-Coton size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Pug-Coton size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Pug-Coton size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Pug-Coton size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Pug-Coton size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs

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