25-45 lbs
Labrador Retriever

The Pugador is a hybrid where the Pug is crossed with the Labrador Retriever. While there is not much information available about the hybrid, we can consider the traits of both parent breeds to get an idea of what the Pugador will be like. Labrador Retrievers are known to be loyal, affectionate and even-tempered, while the Pug will be quiet and at times stubborn. Both breeds will enjoy being with their humans. Pugs are relatively small while Labrador Retrievers are medium to large in size. You can anticipate that your Pugador will grow to between 30 and 50 pounds and exhibit a mix of the personality traits of his parent breeds.

Date of Origin
Pug and Labrador Retriever

Pugador Health

Average Size
Male Pugador size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 30-50 lbs
Female Pugador size stats
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 25-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Corneal Ulcer
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Ear
  • Allergy Testing

Pugador Breed History

The Pugador is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. The Pug first originated in China between 206 B.C. and 200 A.D., during the Han dynasty. There is evidence that there were dogs similar to the Pug in ancient Tibet and Japan. When Dutch traders brought these dogs to Europe in the 1500’s and 1600’s, the dogs were called Mopshond and they became a popular among royalty. By the 1800’s there were two dominant breeding lines in England; the Morrisson line, founded on Queen Charlotte’s royal dogs and the second line started by Lord and Lady Willoughby de Eresby on dogs that came from Hungary and Russia. The breed made its way to the United States after the Civil War and became recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. Named after the capital of Newfoundland, the Labrador was known as the St. John’s Water Dog in the 1700’s. During this time, he helped fishermen with their nets and brought back fish that fell from the nets. Eventually the breed was named the Labrador after the Labrador Sea. According to records, the Labrador arrived in London in the 1820’s where the second Earl of Malmesbury was one of the first to own one of the breed. The popularity of the breed was the result of the ability of the Labrador to retrieve while hunting with his human. In the 1880’s the breed almost became extinct, however the Malmesbury family and various English breeders worked to continue it. In the 1920’s the Labrador arrived in the United States.

Pugador Breed Appearance

As the size of the Pug is a relatively small dog while the Labrador Retriever is medium to large in size, the resulting hybrid can vary quite a bit in size. Your Pugador will have a thick coat, thanks to the double coat of his parent breeds and can be seen in white, black, brown and tan. A small, sturdy body can be inherited from the Pug parent, while the Labrador Retriever can pass on an athletic build. Often, he can have the facial appearance of the Labrador but the Pug influence is definitely there, with a bulging eye and a muzzle that has the upturn of the Pug. As with all hybrids, your Pugador will inherit traits from each parent breed, resulting in his own unique, physical appearance. 

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

Pugador Breed Maintenance

The Pugador will require a moderate degree of maintenance. While The amount of shedding you can expect from a Pugador will vary, the Pug does tend to shed a lot, particularly during the summer months and this trait may be passed on to the hybrid. Daily brushing of your Pugador will be helpful to keep the shedding under control and his coat looking healthy. Bathing every one to two months is recommended, depending on the coat of your dog and how messy he gets. It is a good idea to check his ears on a weekly basis and trim his nails as necessary. Should your dog inherit facial wrinkles, you will want to keep the creases of the wrinkles clean and dry. As with all dogs, the teeth of your Pugador should be brushed several times per week to ensure his long term dental health
Brushes for Pugador
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pugador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pugador Temperament

While not much information is available about the Pugador’s temperament, you can look at the temperament of the hybrid’s parent breeds to determine what you may see in your pet. A Pug will want to be around you at all times and the Labrador Retriever is known to be loving and loyal, meaning that it is likely that the hybrid will be affectionate and interested in spending time with his humans. While Labrador Retrievers are easygoing dogs, the Pug can be stubborn on occasion. As both breeds are bright and friendly and will do well with other animals and people, you can expect the same from the hybrid.

Pugador Activity Requirements

The Pugador will inherit his activity and energy level from his parent breeds. Pugs tend to be calm indoors though do require some exercise, which can include walks or outdoor play time. It is important to keep in mind that Pugs should not be engaged in strenuous activity when the weather is hot and humid. The Labrador is an active breed who will need regular exercise, which can include long walks and trips to the dog park, as well as outdoor play with his humans. The Pugador will benefit from a large fenced in yard where he can roam and get out his energy. Depending on the traits that your Pugador inherits, he will likely demonstrate an average energy level and require an average amount of daily activity for his health and to avoid causing trouble that may be encountered by boredom or lack of mental stimulation.

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

Pugador Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $34.00

Pugador Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pugador size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Pugador size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Pugador size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Pugador size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Male Pugador size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Pugador size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 35 lbs

Pugador Owner Experiences

8 Years
4 People
House & Yard
tummy rubs
We rescued Cooper at about 18 months. She is so affectionate and loves all people and children. Loves walks and occasionally plays but only with soft toys. Sheds ALOT of hair but grooming regularly keeps it down, a little
5 months ago
5 Years
4 People
House & Yard
A very loyal dog. We rescued him when he was about 18 months and already house trained. He loves to play catch, but with his stuffed toys. He will not play with balls. He refuses to "go" in the yard, only when he's on his walk, of which he has three a day. And he will do anything for a tummy rub.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
2 People
Dog Parks
We rescued Ellie from a shelter not knowing her breed or even if pugadors were common, they are not. It has been so much fun exploring this breed as our Ellie is extremely vocal, loyal, easy to train, and the perfect pet. She has the energy of a Labrador when out at the park but a mellow pug demeanor when at home. She hasn’t quite figured out swimming yet, but hey it’s a work in progress! Love hearing the similarities from fellow owners ❤️
8 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Very interesting breed. Talks a lot - grunting. Really is smart. Loves being with you and going for walks. He is the only dog I have ever heard of who gives hugs!
1 year, 4 months ago
2 Years
1 People
I bought benji off craigslist. I had no idea what breed he would be. Ended up doing a swab test and found out he was half pug and half black lab. I had no idea how big he was going to be. I was just in love. He is so affectionate to all people and other dogs a huge cuddler. He is very clingy to me and loves to be next to me and on top of me. He can be naughty and up to no good when no ones looking. Like ripping through trash and unrolling the toilet paper. But there are so many more pros than cons. I’m not sure why they don’t breed more pugadors! They are the most perfect pet:)
1 year, 7 months ago
12 Weeks
4 People
She is beautiful but hard to toilet train
1 year, 8 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Chase leaves
Red light
Molly has been one of the best dogs we have owned. She is very sweet and loveable!
2 years, 1 month ago
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