7-17 lbs
United States

The Pugillon is a designer dog and is a cross between a purebred Pug and a purebred Papillon. Although both parent breeds were bred as lapdogs they are affectionate, energetic and outgoing and the Pugillon is the same. They make excellent family pets and get on well with children. But as with all small breeds, supervision is needed with younger children handling the dog. They get along quite nicely with other dogs and even cats if socialized from an early age. The Pugillon may battle in the heat like many short-nosed, flat-faced dog breeds. These dogs thrive on human companionship and are not suited for people seldom home. Common colors may include black, white, silver, apricot, red and sable. Their coats are fine and silky and can be short or long.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug, Papillon

Pugillon Health

Average Size
Male Pugillon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Female Pugillon size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 7-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Liver Shunts
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Pugillon Breed History

The Pugillon is a hybrid or designer breed that was developed by crossing a Papillon and a Pug. Tiny spaniels, called Continental Toy Spaniels and Dwarf Spaniels, which had drop ears were well established in Europe by the 1200s. The Papillon is the modern version of those tiny dogs, and was given the name because of its upright and fringed ears which fanned out like butterflies. Papillon is French for "butterfly".  Those who still have the dropped ears are called a Phalene which means moth. Despite their strong French connection, it was in Spain and Italy that they became most popular. It is said that Italian breeders used to pop the dogs onto the back of mules to bring them to the court of Louis XIV. These dogs were painted by master artists including Rubens, Van Dyke and Rembrandt and were popular companions of court ladies throughout Europe. Marie Antoinette was also a fan and owner of the breed. Pugs were the pampered pets of ruling families in China, so highly valued that they were guarded by soldiers. These dogs with their wrinkly, short-muzzled faces, and curled tails, were also kept in Tibet by Buddhist monks.  The modern breed is descended from dogs imported to Europe from China in the 16th century. They also were popular at European courts and became the official dog of the House of Orange in 1572 when one little Pug alerted the Prince of Orange that assassins were fast approaching. They were also featured in the work of artists including Goya and William Hogarth who loved Pugs and did a self portrait of himself and his favourite Pug named Trump in the mid-1730s. Pugs from those times had longer legs but this changed when a number of dogs were imported from China in 1860 with shorter legs and the flatter face. The breed arrived in the United States after the Civil War, and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Pugillon Breed Appearance

The Pugillon is a hybrid breed and is a cross between a Pug and a Papillon. Common colors may include black, white, silver, apricot, red and sable. Their coats are fine and silky and can be short or long. Depending on which parent breed is more dominant your pup may have the prominent bulging eyes from the Pug side and deep wrinkles on the face. Pugs have short, black muzzles and an under bite. They have wide chests, short legs and a curly tail. Papillons are fine-boned and delicate with large erect ears that have long, fringed hair that grows out creating a butterfly-like appearance that the breed is known for. The tail is carried curled over the back.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pugillon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pugillon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pugillon coat
white Pugillon coat
silver Pugillon coat
sable Pugillon coat
red Pugillon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pugillon straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pugillon Breed Maintenance

If your Pugillon has the long, flowing coat of the Papillon parent breed they will need to be brushed and combed once or twice a week. A shorter-haired dog will only need weekly brushing. The Pugillon does not shed much and they are not strong-smelling dogs so bathing can be only as needed. When they are bathed or get wet, make sure any skin folds and wrinkles are dried thoroughly to prevent any skin infections. The ears should also be wiped clean when needed and try to brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a pet toothpaste. The nails can be clipped when needed.

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

Pugillon Temperament

The Pugillon is an alert, outgoing, playful dog that is known to be affectionate and loyal to its family. They are usually very sweet with children but because they are small dogs, care needs to be taken with younger children to make sure they play with them gently. These dogs are perfect for first time owners and are regarded as fairly easy to train. They are intelligent dogs although may have a bit of willfulness from the Pug side but with plenty of praise and positive reinforcement they will learn good canine manners eventually. While a Pugillon is an energetic little dog they will be perfectly happy to snuggle on your lap and won’t enjoy being left alone for any length of time. These dogs are friendly to everyone including strangers. They make good watchdogs as they are very alert and may bark to warn you but are not regarded as aggressive.

Pugillon Activity Requirements

The Pugillon is an energetic little dog who will love to go on walks around the neighbourhood or to the dog park to socialize with other dogs. They will enjoy outings to the beach but not when it is too hot as they can overheat. Always take water when you are out with your pet. They don’t need strenuous exercise but will be better behaved when they burn off their energy. These dogs are very playful and will enjoy interactive games with you. Mental stimulation will also prevent them from getting bored. These dogs adapt well to  living in an apartment as long as they go out every day. They do feel the cold and are particularly sensitive to the heat.

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

Pugillon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Pugillon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pugillon size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Pugillon size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pugillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Pugillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Pugillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Pugillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs

Pugillon Owner Experiences

3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Super friendly with everyone. Gets along okay with cats and very well with other dogs. Fairly low prey drive. Loves cuddling on the couch and also high energy play with toys. Does best with a couple of 20 minute walks each day in addition to playing in the yard or home in short bursts. Relatively easy to train with a desire to please. Prefers to be with his people at all times but can do just fine being left alone a few hours at a time.
6 years, 1 month ago
12 Weeks
6 People
House & Yard
Playing with rope bones, fetching, short bursts of
Super affectionate, cuddly, timid to new experiences, attached to the family, always nearby, short bursts of play time, seems very smart
3 years, 7 months ago
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