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10-16 lbs
Pekeapug, Pugapeke
The Puginese is a popular designer hybrid between the Pug and the Pekingese.  Both parent dogs are similar in size and appearance.  The Puginese first developed in China and is well known for its looks and personality.  They are recognized by five breed registries and competitive associations including the American Canine Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.  The Designer Breed Registry, Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry also recognize the Puginese.  The Pupinese also goes by other designer names using the parent breed names, such as the Pugapeke and the Pekeapug; both adorable names for this adorable companion breed.
Date of Origin
Pug and Pekingese

Puginese Health

Average Size
Male Puginese size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Female Puginese size stats
Height: 8-14 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs

Puginese Breed History

The Puginese is a designer dog from China whose parents are also of Chinese descent, the Pug and Pekingese.  Little is currently known on the Puginese, though it is a popular hybrid companion dog.  Standards and predictable appearances are not possible for the Puginese due to the potential for variation in dogs; however, owners and people wishing to adopt a Puginese may review the histories and character traits of the parent breeds to understand their Puginese better. The Pug is an ancient dog of China and the Mastiff line, dating back tot he Han Dynasty in the 200 B.C.  The Pug remained isolated in China until the 16th Century when trade with Europe introduced the Pug to the West.  The short-nosed appearance and wonderful companion disposition stole the hearts of aristocratic and noble families and led to instant popularity for the Pug.  The Pug became so popular that it displaced other native companion dogs in Europe, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Pugs were bred in Europe and concurrently in China, and the two regional breeds developed variations over time.  The Chinese Pug was rediscovered during the British invasion in the 18th Century, and several pure Pug dogs were taken back to England to add to improve the European Pug lines.  The Pug came to the United States following the Civil War, and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. The Pekingese is another ancient dog of China but one whose history was far more guarded.  The Pekingese is known as a "Lion Dog," and Chinese legend claims a lion once fell in love with marmoset, which is a small monkey.  The Pekingese is the result of the union between the lion and the marmoset.  The Chinese Imperial court kept the Pekingese under guard, and the breed was not permitted to leave the palace, so it remained hidden from the world.  However, a guard of Pekingese was found in the palace following the British over after the Opium War and taken back to England as prize dogs.  The Pekingese remained rare and only smuggled dogs made their way out of China during the 19th Century.  However, by the 20th Century, the Pekingese was growing in numbers and popularity in the West and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1906.

Puginese Breed Appearance

The Puginese is a short-nosed hybrid of the Pug and the Pekingese; both dogs of China.  The hybrid often has medium to long hair, like the Pekingese, but with the black masks of the Pug.  Some Puginese coats may resemble the Pug parent and are short and dense.  The Puginese is a toy-sized dog that is low to the ground with large, round, prominent eyes.  They sometimes suffer from poor dentition and may have an underbite, which is not desirable and can lead to dental issues.  Their ears fold down and sit at the sides of their skulls, and their noses are small and black.
Nose Color Possibilities
black Puginese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Puginese coat
fawn Puginese coat
brown Puginese coat
sable Puginese coat
black Puginese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Puginese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Puginese Breed Maintenance

The Puginese has a high potential for shedding and requires weekly brushing to help remove dead and loose hair, especially if the coat resembles the Pekingese.  Weekly brushing will also prevent tangling and matting on the Puginese.  The Puginese may have loose skin around its face and hindquarters that require care.  Dirt, moisture, and debris can become trapped in the folds of skin and if left unclean, might develop into infections or foul smells.  These folds can be cleaned using a hypoallergenic, unscented pet wipe.  Owners also want to refrain from over bathing their Puginese because this hybrid's skin is very sensitive.  

Brushes for Puginese
Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency
Puginese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Puginese Temperament

The Puginese is a perfect companion for single and older people.  They are a relaxed and low energy dog that though affectionate with children, may not be able to keep up with the high energy of kids.  The Puginese is not particularly fond of strangers and will alarm bark to alert its owner.  However, this hybrid settles down once the threat is assessed.  The Pug parent bloodlines help to soften the leeriness toward strangers as well as the Puginese's friendliness toward other dogs and pets.  The Puginese should have early socialization with other dogs, people, and places often to help it adjust and grow in confidence.  With proper socialization, the Puginese is an excellent companion that can live in harmony with other pets.  When it comes to training, the Puginese might be slightly stubborn and requires a patient owner to work with it.  However, they love spending time with their people and are eager to please, which will help with training.  The energy levels of the Puginese are low, and this breed should never be overworked due to its breathing related issues.

Puginese Activity Requirements

The Puginese is a low energy dog that does not require a lot of daily exercise and can get most activity from following its owner around the house.  The activity levels and size of the Puginese make it an ideal companion for seniors and single people who live in apartments and urban areas.  Backyards are not necessary, but daily activities might include roaming through the grass while in a small backyard as well.  The Puginese does not tolerate cold weather well and should never be left outside.  The outdoors should be avoided during extreme temperature months as a hot climate is also intolerable for the Puginese.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes

Puginese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Puginese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Puginese size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Puginese size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Male Puginese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Puginese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Puginese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Puginese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs

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