9-11 lbs

The Puganese is a cross between a Pug and a Havanese. The hybrid is small, averaging around ten pounds and typically a happy breed that will love having your attention. Like a Pug, the Puganese will likely be curious and want to check things out. He will also have the will of his other parent breed, the Pekingese. The Puganese may seek to run the household, leading to aggression and a large amount of barking. As a result, it is important for the Puganese to have a strong owner who will take charge and be clear that the adults in the household are dominant over the dog. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug and Havanese

Puganese Health

Average Size
Male Puganese size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 9-11 lbs
Female Puganese size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 9-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • KCS
  • Allergies
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Heart
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Allergy Testing

Puganese Breed History

The Puganese is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. Evidence of the Pug was first documented in China at the time of the Han dynasty. During that time, dogs of the breed were owned by Emperors and treated as members of the royal family. Upon being brought to Europe by Dutch traders in the 1500’s to 1600’s, the dogs soon became a favorite of royalty there as well. Dutch traders brought the breed to Europe during the 1500’s and 1600’s and the Pug soon became popular among European royalty. In many countries, the breed was given a new name upon its arrival. After the Civil War the Pug made its way to the United States, earning recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1885. Legend has it that the Pekingese resulted from the mating of a lion and a marmoset that fell in love. According to the legend, the breed was called Lion dogs because they appeared similar to the ancient guard lions of China known as Shishi or Pelchie dogs. Many believed that the dogs could protect the palaces and temples with their mystical powers. The breed was owned by royalty during this time period and were provided with their own servants. The dogs were considered so important that should someone be caught stealing one, they would be put to death; also, a dog would be euthanized in order to be buried with his master upon his death so that they could be together in the afterlife. During the Opium Wars of 1860, five Pekingese were found when the Imperial Summer Palace was invaded. One of the dogs were given to Queen Victoria and the breed immediately became popular, though as a result of there being few of them, the price of a dog of the breed was too high for most people. In 1906 the breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club.

Puganese Breed Appearance

The Puganese will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from the Pug or from the Havanese, or be a pretty even mix of the two. Based on the size of both parent breeds, your Puganese will likely be small and he can inherit any number of coat colors. Your Puganese may inherit the large, deep wrinkles that are characteristic of the Pug breed and as both parent breeds have a double coat, it is likely that your Puganese will have a double coat as well. The exact appearance of his coat will be dependent on the traits your dog inherits. The coat of the Pug is typically short while the Havenese will display a long, wavy coat. His eyes will be dark and may be very round like the Pug, with a bulging effect. Additionally, he may have brachycephalic features.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Puganese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Puganese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
silver Puganese coat
black Puganese coat
cream Puganese coat
brown Puganese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Puganese wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Puganese Breed Maintenance

The maintenance requirements of the Puganese will be dependent on the coat that he inherits. Should your Puganese inherit the short coat of the Pug, maintenance will be simple, to include weekly brushing and a bath every so often. If your Puganese inherits the much longer hair of the Havanese, he will require regular brushing in order to keep his hair from becoming tangled and he will require more frequent bathing. As with all dogs, it is important to brush his teeth several times per week to ensure his long term dental health, as well as clip his nails as needed so that they do not tear or break.

Brushes for Puganese
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Puganese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Puganese Temperament

The Puganese will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Pug and Havanese. Each offspring will inherit different traits from his parent breeds. As a whole, the Puganese is a happy breed that will enjoy getting the attention of his human and others that he encounters. Like a Pug, the Puganese will be a curious dog and like a Havenese, he may have a mind of his own. Dogs of the hybrid tend to be brave and eager to go his own way. The Puganese does have a tendency to be the dominant member of the household, something that is not good for anyone and can result in his developing aggressive tendencies and barking often. You will want to take charge right away and make sure your Puganese knows that the adults in his household are dominant. This will help your dog relax and feel more comfortable.

Puganese Activity Requirements

While both parent breeds of your hybrid enjoy lounging around and cuddling with their humans, they also require some degree of physical activity. The Puganese will require daily exercise, whether a long walk with his humans, a trip to the dog park or some outdoor activities. Because of traits inherited from the Pug, your Puganese should not be expected to participate in strenuous exercise, particularly during the warmer months of the year, as during hot weather the breed is prone to heat exhaustion. As a result of the small size of the Puganese, dogs of the hybrid do fine in an apartment as long as they are offered the opportunity to get the outdoor activity they require.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
50 minutes
activity minutes

Puganese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Puganese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Puganese size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
Female Puganese size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Puganese size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Puganese size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Puganese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Puganese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs

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