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  • Activity Level: moderate
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  • Shedding Level: low
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  • Grooming Level: low
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  • Trainability: high
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  • Good for Novice Owners: high
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  • Adaptability: high
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  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
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  • Prey Drive: low
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  • Watchdog: aware
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  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Registered?: other

Bugg Dog Breed Information





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Did You Know?

A Bugg is a cross between a Boston Terrier and Pug. These dogs tend to be small and are known for their adorable faces and gentle, fun, and comedic personalities.

As a designer breed, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more all recognize the Bugg.

Buggs are a great fit for single owners as well as families. They tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets. They tend to be sweet, affectionate, and love to cuddle. They also tend to have an upbeat, fun-loving, and sometimes clownish personality.

They don’t tend to have a protective instinct, but will tend to give a warning bark when strangers approach. If left untrained or not socialized properly, barking can become a nuisance behavior and they can also become territorial.

Although they are very sensitive to heat, the Bugg is a highly adaptable dog. They do well in apartments as well as larger homes with yards. They also do well in most climates, aside from heat.

But, they have a short coat, so they may need some winter dog products to stay warm in colder temperatures. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time because they are devoted to their families.

Potential health conditions to be aware of in the Bugg breed include luxating patella, cataracts, deafness, hip dysplasia, and encephalitis. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask about the health and genetic history of the parents.

As a brachycephalic dog breed, they will be prone to breathing problems, allergies, and will be very sensitive to heat. Their protruding eyes can also become irritated in the cold and you need to be careful to keep them clear of debris. As a small dog breed, they are also more prone to developing dental disease. So, practicing good dental care for dogs is also important.

Buggs are intelligent dogs that are eager to please even though they can be stubborn at times. This tends to make them a good fit for owners of all experience levels. Puppy training classes can still be a good idea as they strengthen the bond you have with your puppy and also offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.

As a small dog breed, house training can be a challenge. But, with consistency, some house training tips, and a lot of patience, you can get through it. Bugg puppies are also quite curious and energetic. They also tend to be prone to jumping up and climbing over people and furniture. So, you’ll need to set limitations for them and teach them boundaries and manners early.

The Bugg has a short coat that will shed a little year-round and potentially a little more as the seasons change. Weekly brushing and the occasional bath are usually enough to keep this dog’s coat healthy and looking great.

In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Bugg’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trimming can be enough to keep nails from growing too long. But, depending on how quickly your Bugg’s nails grow, you may need to cut your dog’s nails twice a month or more often.

Floppy ears are more prone to ear infections than ears that stick straight up all the time, but all ears need to be checked regularly. By doing weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed, you can help prevent ear infections.

Many dog owners overlook dental care, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. But, gum disease in dogs is serious and can lead to many other health issues. So, it’s important to take care of your dog’s teeth early and throughout their life. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal and can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.

The Bugg tends to have a moderate activity level. Daily walks plus some playtime or other activity are usually enough for this dog. Although they may have bursts of energy, they are small dogs and can wear themselves out quickly.

They love being around you, so they will likely be up for more activity if you are. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they are not overdoing it. As a brachycephalic dog, they are more sensitive to heat and can easily become overheated. But, there are safe ways to exercise brachycephalic dogs to help your Bugg get the movement they need to stay healthy.

A fully-grown Bugg usually stands 10-17 inches tall and weighs 15-25 pounds.

A Bugg generally lives for 10-13 years.

Although Bugg tends to be the most popular name, these dogs are also sometimes called a Bug, Pugin, or simply a Boston Terrier Pug Mix or a Boston Pug Mix.