Pugwich

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9-18 lbs
12-13"
United States
Pug
Norwich Terrier
The Pugwich is a sociable affectionate small to medium sized dog that has a cheerful disposition and loves to play. They make ideal family pets with their confidence and outgoing nature. Active and full of fun, these small dogs will always be a starter for a game or a cuddle. They bond closely with their family and may develop separation anxiety if they are left alone for too long. These dogs love being in the thick of the action, and they don't care what it is you are doing or where you are going as long as they can tag along. The combination of the Pug and the Norwich Terrier results in a well rounded little dog with a big personality. Be warned that they can have a stubborn streak as well, but with positive interaction and lots of praise and rewards, you can work your way around this minor flaw. Overall, the Pugwich is an adorable, loving and totally loyal little dog who will fit right in with your lifestyle.
Purpose
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Pug Dog, Norwich Terrier

Pugwich Health

Average Size
Male Pugwich size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 10-19 lbs
Female Pugwich size stats
Height: 12-13 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Epilepsy
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Demodectic Mange
Occasional Tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Spinal Tap
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Biochemistry Profile
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Skin Scraping Test for Allergies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Allergy Testing

Pugwich Breed History

The Pugwich is a rare hybrid breed so we must look to the parent dog to determine their lineage characteristics. The Pug originated in China and was prized by the Emperors of China. In the late 1500s when China began trading with the European countries, the Pug became known.The Pug quickly won hearts and became the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland after a Pug reportedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange after giving him a warning that the Spaniards were approaching. The breed arrived in England in the early 1800s. Two purebred Pugs from were brought from China to England and used to strengthen the Pugs lineage. A pup named Click who was the first born of the union was an outstanding dog and is credited with improving the overall breed. Queen Victoria had several Pugs and had a breeding program for their development. The Pug first appeared in the United States after the Civil War and was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1885. This royal small dog continues to enjoy a popular following to this day. The Norwich Terrier is a feisty, active small dog with a big attitude who originated from East Anglia, England. The Norfolk and Norwich Terriers used to be the same breed but had different ear types, and both were referred to as the Norwich Terrier. In 1964 the English breeders separated them, and the Norwich became the dog with the prick ears, while the Norfolk was the dog with the dropped ears. Another difference with the breed is that the Norwich was a rounded shape and quite stocky. They were used on farms to control the rats in the barns and to bolt foxes out of their dens. Small in size, they were ideal for flushing game out from their dens for the hunters to chase with their hounds. While the date when they arrived in the United States of America is unclear, the American Kennel Club recognised them in 1979.

Pugwich Breed Appearance

The Norwich Terrier has a small to medium sized stock body, and short strong legs with small rounded paws. Their faces can vary in appearance depending on the genetic influence of the parent dogs. The muzzle can vary from the flattened face of the Pug to the fine pointed muzzle of the Norwich Terrier. The eyes are round and dark, sparkling in anticipation. The ears may be erect or triangular and flopped over. Sometimes the Pugwich inherits the black mask of the Pug, and the wrinkled skin, but it depends on their genetics. The tail is medium in length and may curl up over their backs. The short coat can be either soft or wiry, and can be a single or double coat. Appealing to look at, sweet in nature, and with enough energy for the whole family, this sociable loving dog is a genuine loyal companion.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pugwich eyes
Brown
amber Pugwich eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pugwich nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Pugwich coat
Red
brown Pugwich coat
Brown
fawn Pugwich coat
Fawn
sable Pugwich coat
Sable
red Pugwich coat
Red
black Pugwich coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pugwich straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pugwich Breed Maintenance

The Pugwich will enjoy regular grooming sessions to keep them looking their best. A good brushing once a week should suffice, unless they have the double dense coat of the Norwich Terrier which will require almost daily brushing. It is a great time to check for any injuries or infection on your dog, and to treat accordingly. One area that does need frequent checking is a dog's ears. These can become infected through a build up of debris or foreign bodies such as seed pods. A gentle wipe out with a damp cloth, and then drying the ear carefully should keep them healthy. The Pugwich will normally wear their nails down naturally as they go through their busy day, but just check in case they need a light trim. Then a quick brush of their canine pearly whites will keep their teeth shining and their breath sweet.
Brushes for Pugwich
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pugwich requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pugwich Temperament

Playful and friendly, the Pugwich is an inquisitive lively small dog who makes for an ideal companion and loyal family pet. They love children and will happily play with them for ages. These dogs are quite active and will follow you everywhere you go, even if it is just outside to check the mailbox, and they will treat it as a huge adventure. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious and you will never be lonely with a Pugwich around. Like most dogs they are willing to please, but can get bored easily, a thing to remember during training. If its not fun, it will take your Pugwich longer to learn as their focus will wander. This habit can be frustrating, but a simple remedy is to keep training sessions fun, and when they start to lose interest switch to a game to liven things up. Plenty of praise and small rewards go a long way to getting the Pugwich to do as you ask. These small dogs will warn you when strangers are about, but are generally quiet dogs. They adapt well to apartment living but do need a walk each day to fulfil their exercise requirements. A house with a secure yard will be a haven to explore, and your small watchdog will take ownership and will get to know every inch. The Terrier influence can produce a strong hunting instinct in your Pugwich, so when you are out it would be best to keep them on a leash, as even a low flying bird is the signal to chase! With their cute dark mask, a few soft wrinkles and winning ways, the Pugwich is a real contender when considering a family dog or constant companion.

Pugwich Activity Requirements

The Pugwich is an active small dog who loves to be in on everything. Whatever you are doing, they want to help. While they will get a lot of exercise just being their busy body selves, they will still need a daily walk or two if you have the energy. Keep them on a leash though, because their hunting instincts are high and they can easily take off after some small furry animal and disappear from sight. A daily walk or play in the secure dog park is an ideal way to socialise your dog. As they meet other dogs and people, it builds their trust and confidence and produces a dog of well rounded character. Children will love these active little playmates, just teach them to be gentle with a puppy as rough play can damage little dogs. Overall the Pugwich is an active, loveable little powerhouse and is a loving loyal companion.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes

Pugwich Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $2.5
Monthly Cost
$30 - $40

Pugwich Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pugwich size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Pugwich size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pugwich size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Pugwich size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Pugwich size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Pugwich size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs

Pugwich Owner Experiences

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