12-20 lbs
American Rat Terrier
Italian Pughund, Rugrat

The designer dog known as the Puggat is a deliberate crossbreed, a mix between the Pug, an ancient companion animal from China, and a feisty exterminator known as the Rat Terrier. These little dogs are quite energetic and playful, sometimes even clownish in their behavior, and they tend to be naturally friendly and outgoing, however, they do have an intense prey drive, so they can’t always be trusted around smaller animals. This is a small, easy to care for canine, that has lower grooming and exercise needs than many other dogs but requires a lot of attention and love, and can tend towards mischievous or destructive behaviors if ignored too long.  

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug and American Rat Terrier

Puggat Health

Average Size
Male Puggat size stats
Height: 11-16 inches Weight: 12-20 lbs
Female Puggat size stats
Height: 11-16 inches Weight: 12-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Skin Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Demodicosis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Hemivertebra
  • Seizures
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations
  • Skin Biopsy or Intradermal Tests for specific allergies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Puggat Breed History

The Puggat is an intentional hybrid, the combination of the Pug breed, a canine that has provided companionship to royals for thousands of years, and the Rat Terrier, a feisty farm terrier developed in the United States. The Pug breed is believed to be one of the oldest breeds still in existence today and Pugs were first recorded as the companions to royalty in China during the Shang dynasty, which lasted from around 1600 to 1046 BC. They were not only the cherished companions of the ruling class, but they were considered to be prized possessions as well, and were given as gifts to esteemed dignitaries and visiting royal families. In this way, the charming Pug dog was distributed throughout the world, becoming very popular with Royals worldwide. These little dogs were frequently seen at the English court of King William III and Queen Mary II during the 1600s and figured prominently in portraits of Princess Ekaterina Dmitrievna Golitsyna in 1700s Russia. In the 1800s, their popularity once again exploded when Queen Victoria took an interest in both showing and breeding Pugs. The Rat Terrier, on the other hand, is a much newer breed, although how old they are and where they originated is a somewhat contested issue. Many claim that the Rat Terrier was first developed in England in the mid-1800s, the offspring of Smooth-haired Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers. Other experts state that the Rat Terrier is an American dog, developed in the United States as the descendant of the aforementioned terrier that was brought to America from England, due to the addition of breeds like the Whippet, the Italian Greyhound, and the Beagle, which were utilized to significantly increase the speed, stamina, and tracking ability of the breed. Initially employed as a farm dog in the United States, they became more popular as companion animals in the very early 1900s when Teddy Roosevelt took office and brought his dogs with him to the White House. 

Puggat Breed Appearance

This hybrid is typically a fairly small dog, although individual Puggats may have differing structural traits, and even dogs within the same litter may vary quite a bit. Those that take after their Pug heritage will generally have a square appearance and are also likely to have broader heads and shorter muzzles than those who more closely resemble the compact but leggy Rat Terrier. This hybrid may inherit the dark, round, solicitous eyes of the Pug, or the alert, oval-shaped eyes of the Rat Terrier, which come in several hues, and while the ears will certainly sit high up on the head, they may range in size from small to medium and can either fold down close to the skull, stand erect, or anything in between. The coats of these crossbreeds should be universally short, glossy, and close lying, although they can vary in texture from soft to coarse and they may display a large assortment of colors and markings. 

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

Puggat Breed Maintenance

The Puggat typically has low grooming requirements due to their short, easy to care for coat. This hybrid typically only needs bathing a few times a year and a few minutes of brushing with a slicker brush or grooming glove will help to remove dead hairs and keep the close-lying coat supple and shiny. This dog may be more prone to developing allergies and other skin disorders, so their skin should be evaluated whenever they are brushed and care should be taken to ensure that any facial wrinkles that they received from their Pug side are kept clean and dry.

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

Puggat Temperament

The Puggat is a playful and affectionate animal with a generally stable temperament. They are typically quite people oriented and will want to spend most of their time in the company of their family. Like most small dogs, socialization is essential to prevent anxious or fearful behaviors from developing and to give this canine its best start in life. Mental exercises and training routines should start early as these are intelligent but stubborn dogs and those that lean towards the Rat Terrier may become a little mischevious if not given enough to do. This combination may be a little easier to train than the Pug on its own due to the attentiveness of the Rat Terrier, although housetraining is often a struggle, due in part to the inability for some Pugs and Pug mixes to control their bladders until they reach around six months old. Although these dogs will usually get along well with other dogs and cats, they may develop the high prey drive of the Rat Terrier, making them generally unsafe around animals that slither, scurry, or flutter.  

Puggat Activity Requirements

Although the Rat Terrier is a very active small dog, the Pug tends to be less energetic, and the offspring of the two, the Puggat, is typically quite content with around 45 minutes of vigorous activity per day, broken up into two or three shorter sessions each day. Activities that can provide adequate exercise and mental stimulation for your Puggat can include walks around the neighborhood, games of fetch, agility training, or even tracking exercises. While this canine is active and playful, it is typically pretty quiet, barking only when it is needed, making it a good candidate for apartment living. 

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

Puggat Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Puggat Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Puggat size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Puggat size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Puggat size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
Female Puggat size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Puggat size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
Female Puggat size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs

Puggat Owner Experiences

3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Sweet, smart and loving. Sedentary, but loves walks, long, short, and in between.
2 years, 8 months ago
10 Months
1 People
Dog Parks
Playing in the snow
Lola, my Puggat is the sweetest little girl ever. She loves everyone she meets. She has struggled with house training and is very mischievous. She can escape her cage on her own, and frequently ruins my shoes (were working on it) She has energy for days and days and loves chewing on bones and playing with squeaky toys. She can sense my emotions so well and adjusts her actions to how I am feeling. She has been such a great four legged family member to have. I love her to pieces even though she is a bit of a handful.
6 years ago
8 Years
2 People
Playing with kids
playing in water
Dog Parks
Megatron is so loving and playful. He is always happy to see us come home after a day away at work or just a trip to the store. He's super smart and definitely senses our mood and emotions and loves nothing more than to cuddle up on the couch with you. He jumps really high and run super fast, but most of all he's makes us laugh till we cry with his crazy antics. Our boy never seems to run out of energy, even has he ages. He absolutely LOVES carrots!! He will beg, cry, bark or do tricks to get a carrot.
5 years, 1 month ago
6 Years
1 People
i got him about 3 years ago he was a rescue all i knew was that he was about 3 years old and the mom was pug i got a cheap dna test and it came back that he had a lot of of rat terrier in him and small amounts of boston terrier he is avery friendly dog and loves my grandkids
2 years, 11 months ago
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