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Pugapoo Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Meet the Pugapoo!

The Pugapoo Dog Breed is friendly, affectionate and fun to be with. These are Mixed-Breed Dogs or Designer Breed Dogs, developed from crossing the Pug with the Poodle. They bring happiness and joy wherever they go.

What Is It Like…

To bring Designer Breed home?

The best thing about mixed breed dogs or designer dog breeds is that none of them are exactly alike. A designer dog is supposed to have the best of two or more breeds, but the genes have their own way of manifesting.

So it’s hard to tell how your Pugapoo Puppy is going to be as an adult dog. Will it be more like a Poodle or a Pug? Only time will tell.

But that’s the part of the fun.

Look at your puppy closely. Does that look like a Purebred Pug or one of those Pug Puppies you’ve seen at the breeder’s place?  Or does it look more like a Poodle puppy? The Pugapoo is similar to the Lhasa Apso, a popular Tibetan breed.

You can compare your Pug Cross as it is also called, to other mixed-breed dogs such as the Puggle or Pug Beagle Mix, Pocket Puggles, Pomeranian Poodle Mix and Pitbull Beagle Mix.

What Pugapoo Owners Should Know

Pugapoos are family pets or companion dogs. They have been bred to be friendly, to love their human family. They have a strong need to live in the house with their family.

They are not the sort of dogs that you can leave outside in the lawn or backyard, all by themselves. These dogs crave human company. Pugapoo Puppies and Dogs want you to pay them a lot of attention and involve them in every activity.

Here’s More…

  • These mixed-breed dogs don’t require much exercise. They are happy to stay indoors all day long, as long as they get some playtime. They enjoy going on walks as well.
  • Pugapoos may or may not shed a lot depending on which side dominates. If the Pug side dominates, then they will shed. If the Poodle side dominates then don’t expect much shedding.
  • Pugapoos are better suited to homes with kids aged 5 or above. If you have a toddler at home, you should wait for a couple of years before bringing a Pugapoo puppy home.
  • Pugapoos are high maintenance dogs and require High-Quality Dog Food. You cannot compromise on that.


The reputation of Dog Breeders counts for a lot when bringing a hybrid puppy home.

Always buy a puppy from a reputable breeder, and not from someone who runs a puppy mill.

FYI: There are many Cockapoo Dog Breeders that supply Pugapoo pups as well.


You can choose to adopt an abandoned Pugapoo dog from an animal shelter run by a local Rescue Group. There are many Animal Rescue Organizations that specialize in Pug Rescue in the United States.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about such groups. Just ask your question in the comments below.

Pugapoo Dog Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Unclear but probably the United states

Original Purpose:  Companion animal

Height: 8 to 15 inches

Weight: 10 to 30 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  “Hybrid” or “Designer” dogs are not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Life Span: 12 to 14 years


The Pugapoo was developed from crossing Purebred Dog Breeds such as the Pug and the Poodle. Now, the question is when were the two purebred breeds first crossed.

We don’t know the answer to that.

The Poodle was first developed in Germany in the 15th century. The Pug is originally from China and has been around for thousands of years. It was brought to Europe in the 16th century by Portuguese traders.

The Pugapoo may have been first developed in the 17th century, but we can’t be sure of that.

What we do know

..Is that the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Pugapoo as it is a hybrid dog, not a purebred dog breed. However the Pugapoo is recognized by other Kennel Clubs such as the Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Physical Characteristics

The thing about this crossbred breed is that no two Pugapoo puppies are exactly alike. They can look the same as their parents – Pugs and Poodles – or completely different.


The Pugapoo is a Medium-Sized Dog. But its size, coat type and color and activity level will depend on which traits are dominant, that of a Pug or that of a Poodle.

That said however…

You’re best off by not “expecting” any consistency in their looks. But many Pugapoo puppies have a black mask and the same body structure as that of a Pug. They are also hairy like the Poodle. They may have the same short and wrinkled face of a Pug or the longish snouts and lips of a Poodle. Pugapoos are lightweight, easy to carry around and great at swimming.

They may also…

Have the same short and corked tail of a Pug puppy. Their coat may be of the colors white, black or gray.

But regardless of…

Which parent breed they most closely resemble, one should know that Pugapoos in “general” are a high energy breed. They like to run around the house all day long and are always in mood for playtime.

Personality and Temperament

Pugapoos are good with kids, much like Pugs and Poodles. They are friendly by nature, and great with strangers.

In fact…

They are just a loving, affectionate breed that has been bred to spread happiness and joy around the world. They are good with other dogs and cats too.

But be warned…

These dogs have a tendency to bark a lot. The constant barking can be a nuisance at times. With early training and socialization, you can put an end to that.

They are quick learners and do well at most dog sports such as obedience, flyball, and agility. But they can be stubborn at times. You have to be firm but gentle with them.

Health Problems

The Pugapoo is a healthy breed for the most part. It’s a hybrid dog and less likely to develop the same sort of hereditary conditions as purebred dogs. It has a reasonably healthy life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

But even a healthy dog breed such as the Pugapoo is prone to certain health problems such as…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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