There are so many designer breeds sprouting about already giving joy to the word. For sure you have your own favorites!
But did you also know that while this seemingly strange union is absurd, these lots have graced the world already? We’re talking about the Pug and Labrador Mix!
Yes, you might think to yourself that due to the disparity of their size, this mix is impossible. But it is not!
So, are you curious about the Pug Lab Mix already? Let’s find more about its breed, personality, trainability and a lot more in this article.
What is a Pug Lab Mix?
Very easy to guess, a Pub Lab Mix is a cross-breed between the very famous Labrador Retriever and the unmistakable Pug.
Due to their size difference, to breed the Labs with a Pug, the mother must be a female lab or the bigger breed. Now, for sure it will be a struggle for the male Pug to reach the female, and you are right! It does so with some help!
The Pub Lab Mix is also known as the “Pugador” or the “Lug”, but we can both agree that using the former sounds more pleasing to the ears.
History of a Pug Lab Mix
Like most designer dog breeds or a mix between two purebreds, it is hard to trace where or when the Pugador started. So let’s take a look instead at both of their parents.
The Labrador Retriever has been around since the 1700s and was named after the capital of Newfoundland in Canada.
Back in the days, it was called St. John’s Water Dog as it used to help fishermen pull the heavy net and gather back fishes that fell off. Later on, it was named Labrador after the Labrador Sea.
The name Labrador is well-fitting this dog’s characteristics because it means “laborer”.
In the 1820s, Labrador graced London and the second earl of Malmesbury was the first to own one in the area. Since then it became popular due to its ability to retrieve while hunting. Come the 1880s, the breed almost became extinct but thanks to the Malmesbury and some English breeders who tried their best to continue this hardworking and easy-going breed.
It was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1917 and it is its 74th breed on the list. For many consecutive years also, the Lab is AKC’s most popular dog and surely is well-loved not just by the Americans but all over the globe.
The father of the Pugador and its second half is the “Pug”. The term Pug is believed to have originated from the Latin word “pugnus” which means “fist” reminiscent of how a clenched fist resembles its face.
Nothing spells royalty like the Pugs! If Corgis are known as Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite dog, the Pug used to be prized by the Emperors in China.
Yes! Pugs are quite an old breed that was believed to be around as early as 551 BC; some took note of the recordings of them during Confucius’ time. The forebears of the Pug are the Pekingese and the Lion Dog.
The ancient Pugs lived a life of luxury! Living with the Emperors, they are even guarded by soldiers. Only those gifted by the Emperor with a Pug can have the honor of owning one.
In the 1500s, Dutch merchants went back to Holland with the Pugs and even became the official mascot of the Royal House of Orange, the reigning house of The Netherlands. The Pugs were even accompanied by William and Mary of the Royal House to the UK where the breed also became popular.
AKC recognized the breed in 1885 and is at the 28th popularity rank.
How Does a Pug Lab Mix Look Like?
Curious what the Pugador looks like? Well, it is really hard to tell as it may look like a Pug with a crumpled face, short muzzle and stocky body or the athletic build of a Labrador Retriever. Regardless, the appearance of the Pug Lab Mix is surely unique!
The Pugador will take the color of its parents from black, white, brown, or tan. Like both parents, it will have a thick, straight, double coat that will shed a lot!
This breed will sport a beautiful colored eye of either hazel, brown or amber and a nose that can be black or brown.
Now here comes the size which is very interesting indeed. The Lab is a medium to large dog with a height range of 22 to 24 inches and a weight of 55 to 80 lbs.
The Pug meanwhile is relatively small and in fact belonging to the toy dog group! It can only grow as tall as 10 to 13 inches (yes, half of the Lab!) and weigh 14 to 18 pounds!
So what can you expect in terms of size for the Pugador? Either it inherits the built of either of its parents that may well range from 15 to 20 inches and weigh 30 to 50 pounds!
Somewhat in between both parents’ size.
Grooming a Pug Lab Mix
If you got the clue, this breed needs a moderate degree of maintenance primarily due to its coat!
Yes, you got it! This double-coated breed sheds a lot, thanks to both its parents. The Pugador needs regular brushing to keep its coat shiny and healthy.
Be prepared especially during the summer months when shedding will be at its craziest! It’s also wise to invest in a vacuum if you plan to bring home this breed.
In terms of bathing, once every two months or as needed is recommended. Be careful not to bring them to bath too often or it will dry their skin out.
If the Pugador also inherited the wrinkly face of its Pug parent, extra care and dedication is needed to clean and dry the creases often. When moisture is left on those wrinkles, it is prone to infections!
Like other dogs, daily brushing and trimming of nails regularly are also part of its good grooming habits.
Pug Lab Mix Temperament
AKC describes its most popular dog as friendly, active and outgoing. It is a very affectionate and even-tempered dog that is loyal to its family. It is even an excellent guard dog and will protect its family.
Pugs meanwhile are touted as loving, charming yet mischievous! They are quiet but they also are very needy dogs of your care and attention! They do not want to be left alone for too long or they will suffer from separation anxiety.
While quiet, Pugs can be really stubborn!
Your Pugador will be on either spectrum but with the appealing personalities of both parents, it is expected to be a massively caring, affectionate, loyal, sweet and gentle dog.
Like both parents, the Pug Lab Mix is happy to be around kids and will love its family so much. It is the perfect combination of the Pug’s comic nature and the Lab’s friendliness. This breed will be fun to play with!
In terms of other pets, when socialized at an early stage, they can get along well.
Exercise Needs of a Pug Lab Mix
A Lab is a hardworking dog that needs its daily dose of exercise. But the Pug on the other hand, should not be strained so much. Since its muzzle is scrunched, strenuous exercise will make them hard to breathe. Be careful as this mix is prone to exercise-induced collapse!
With this, a Pug Lab Mix doesn’t need that much exercise. Daily, about 30 minutes of exercise will do and that includes walking, running or even swimming!
But do not allow them to swim if they inherited the pudgy face and stocky body of the Pug as this physique is not great for it.
Apart from moderate exercise, this dog needs mental stimulation from games, too! Keep them busy or they will find other entertainment at home such as destroying the upholstery or chewing the chair.
Exercise does not only ensure fit health for the dog but also will make them happy and keep them from being destructive.
Since the exercise level of a Pugador is not that much, apartment living will work well on this breed.
Training a Pug Lab Mix
Labs are known for their intelligence! It is at the top 7, one of the smartest dogs around. The top 10 most cunning dogs can understand new commands with fewer than 5 repetitions and obey the first command 95% of the time or better.
They are prized for many pursuits as they make an excellent show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog and even a therapy dog! Whew, that’s a lot of training!
Meanwhile, the stubborn Pugs are in the 57th spot and are considered to have fair working intelligence. Dogs at this tier follow new commands after 40 to 80 repetitions while obeying common commands 30% of the time or more.
That said, its offspring will have an average intellect level and suffice to say won’t be that much harder to train. That is, if the pup did not inherit the stubbornness of the Pug side.
This breed must be trained using positive training techniques like praising it when a job well done is made or peppering it with pats at the back.
While some dogs are okay to be given with treats, refrain from doing so to the Pug Lab Mix as it is prone to obesity.
Train the Pugador in socialization while still at puppyhood. Expose them to different kinds of people, animals, places and even smell and sounds.
General obedience and potty training are also some of the areas that should be worked on.
Common Health Issues of a Pug Lab Mix
The Labs are quite a healthy breed. However, because it is so popular, they have been overbred causing some congenital conditions.
On the other hand, Pugs are really prone to a lot of health concerns because they are brachycephalic. Because they were bred with a flat face, heat stroke, respiratory disorders and even eye problems are common to them.
Even if the Pug is bred with longer muzzled Labs, it still does not address the issue and is even susceptible to more.
Here are some of the common minor health issues of the Pugador:
- Corneal Ulcer
- Ear infections
- Otitis Externa
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
They are also predisposed to serious health conditions such as:
- Elbow and Hip dysplasia
- Heart issues
- Exercise-induced collapse (EIC)
- Gastric Torsion
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Pug Dog Encephalitis
- Renal failure
- Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
Preventive health care is very important when taking care of a Pugador. While pre-breeding health screenings are beneficial, it can only do so far.
If you are to bring home a Pug Lab Mix, be prepared for its list of health risks.
How Long is the Lifespan of a Pug Lab Mix?
A Pugador will live in a lifespan of 10 to 15 years provided that it is well taken care of with proper diet, exercise, grooming, a regular visit to the vet and tender loving care.
How Much is a Pug Lab Mix?
Labs are quite pricey to begin with. Mix it with a Pug and be prepared to shell out USD 800 to USD 2,000.
This is only an upfront cost. Bringing home a pup is like taking care of the child. It will have daily needs like food and grooming and regularly, it must also be brought to the vet for check-up.
Keep the other costs in mind if you are to take care of one.
Because some pet parents are also not prepared, some of these dogs end up in rescue centers. You may also consider taking home a dog from the rescue. The upfront cost is not as expensive and you also get to save a life!
You may just need extra patience in training the dog if they are not well-trained but it should be worth it!
Is a Pug Lab Mix a Good Family Dog?
Yes, the Pugador is a great family pet and kid-friendly too with all the wonderful characteristics of both parents.
Conclusion: Is the Pug Lab the Right Mix for You?
A Pug Lab Mix is indeed a unique and charming dog to welcome in your life! It does not need too much space and its exercise needs are not rigorous.
But, since it is a heavy shedding dog, be prepared for its grooming needs. Also, consider the possible health risks along the way.
Having known all of that, if you are well and good with all these, then a Pugador might be the dog you are looking for!
Just always remember that taking care of one is a life-long commitment. Do not worry, it will surely give back with unconditional love.