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8-13 lbs
United States
The Pugion is a crossbred hybrid between the Pug and the Papillon, both excellent companion dogs.  The Pugion is a small, toy-sized breed that may resemble either parent.  The Pugion requires a lot of attention and does not tolerate being left alone all day.  They can be a little difficult to housebreak, but with patience and consistency, they can learn.  Crate training is recommended to help the Pugion with house training, but owners should not leave their dogs alone in the crate all day.
Date of Origin
Pug and Papillon

Pugion Health

Average Size
Male Pugion size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Female Pugion size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • (Blood)
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests

Pugion Breed History

The Pugion is not a well-known hybrid and has little historical documentation.  The origins of the first intentional crossbreeding are unknown but is suspected to be in the United States in more recent years, as is most designer hybridization.  Owners who wish to understand the history and dispositions of their Pugion or are considering adopting a Pugion should review the parent breed traits for additional insight. The Pug is an ancient dog of China that came from the Tibetan Mastiff lines.  Pugs developed sometime between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. during the Han Dynasty in China and remained unknown to the world until the Dutch opened trade routes with the Chinese.  The Pug was imported to the West as early as the 16th century and quickly established itself among the nobility of Europe as an excellent companion.  The Pug was later introduced to the United States following the Civil War, and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885.  Today, the Pug enjoys a high popularity ranking as a companion dog. The Papillon is a small Spaniel type dog that developed in France as early as the 16th century.  Their name is French for butterfly and refers to their butterfly-like ears.  The dropped ear variation, known as the Phalene, exists as well and predates the Papillon.  However, the dropped ear variety is a rare dog.  It too has a French name.  The Phalene's name refers to ears shaped like a moth because they lay down, like the wings of a moth at rest.  The Papillon was a favorite in the French court and maintained its popularity even after Pugs and other short-nosed breeds were introduced by trade.  The Papillion made its way west to the United States in the early 20th century where it gained American Kennel Club recognition in 1915.

Pugion Breed Appearance

The Pugion is a toy-sized dog that is low to the ground with short, medium-boned legs.   The Papillon parent may make the Pugion slightly more delicate, but otherwise, the Pugion is a sturdy, compact, little companion.  The Pugion's coat may vary depending on which parent breed is most dominantly resembled and can range from soft medium-length hair to short and slightly rough.  Often, the Pugion will have a black mask marking on its face.  The Pugion's head is round with a short muzzle; however, the snout will always be longer than the Pug parent's snout.  The eyes are dark brown and large, and the nose is small and black.
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pugion nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pugion coat
brown Pugion coat
fawn Pugion coat
white Pugion coat
red Pugion coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pugion straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pugion Breed Maintenance

The Pugion is not a hypoallergenic dog and is a heavy shedder.  Weekly and bi-weekly brushing will significantly reduce the amount of loose and dead hair on the Pugion.  The hair along the ears and legs may be softer and slightly longer than the rest of the body and requires extra care to prevent tangling and matting.  The long hair may also trap dirt, debris, and moisture, which can lead to ear infections and foul smells.  Owners should remove any dirt from their Pugion's ears with a veterinarian approved solution or pet wipe but never stick any foreign objects down the ear as this may damage the Pugion's ears.  The Pugion may suffer from bad dentition and have an underbite, which is not desirable.  Owners can reduce the likelihood of their Pugion developing dental disease by brushing their dog's teeth a minimum of three times a week and should acquaint their Pugion with this practice as early in life as possible.
Brushes for Pugion
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pugion requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pugion Temperament

The Pugion is bred for companionship and has a low-key disposition.  Their low energy and love of laps makes the Pugion very affectionate toward their families.  The Pugion is not the best dog for small children who might be rough during playtime but loves spending time with the kids.  They are a sturdy little dog, but their size and energy levels make them somewhat delicate.  The Pugion can live in relative harmony with other pets, cats included, but socialization at an early age will help make them more friendly toward other pets.  When it comes to training, they are somewhat stubborn but intelligent.  House training is particularly challenging, and many owners may have to use crates to help train their Pugion.

Pugion Activity Requirements

The Pugion is a low energy companion who does not require a lot of daily exercise.  Most Pugions can get their activity needs met inside the home by following their owners around and occasionally playing ball.  Their short snouts and small noses make breathing a challenge so vigorous exercise is not suggested because breathing may become labored.  They are the perfect companion for apartment living because of both their size and activity needs, and they do not tolerate cold weather well.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes

Pugion Food Consumption

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

Pugion Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pugion size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Pugion size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Pugion size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Pugion size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Pugion size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Pugion size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs

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