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Pugapoo Hybrid Dogs (Pug-A-Poo, Pugoodle)

Updated on January 27, 2012

Pugapoo Puppy (Pugoodle)

Physical Description

As with many of the Poodle cross dog types, the Pugapoo, also known as the Pugoodle, may be a non-shedding hypoallergenic hybrid dog.

They are a cross between a Pug and a Miniature Poodle and are a smaller dog, usually weighing 10-15 pounds at maturity. They may more closely resemble the Pug or the Poodle in both temperament and physical appearance or they may be a true combination of both.

The Pugoodle is a sturdy and rather stout little dog, very athletic and up for a run or a game at a seconds notice. They have moderately long legs that are set to the sides of the body, a wide chest and a well-sprung rib cage. The back is straight and the tail is usually curled up over the back. The neck is shorter and the head is well balanced for the size of the dog.

The ears typically are larger and longer than on a Pug and the eyes are less prominent but still dark, alert and very expressive. Muzzles can range in length from very short to moderately long, with or without a beard.

The coat may be long and curly like a Poodle or very short and straight like a Pug. Some members of this canine hybrid breed may have a combination coat that is straight and shorter on the body and longer and curly on the legs, ruff and tail. Colors can range from tan with black markings through to white, creams, yellows, grays, apricots, blacks, chocolate or even parti-colors with or without white markings.


The Poodle hybrid breeds all seem to share the natural tendency to get along well with kids, people, dogs and animals and the Pugoodle is no different. These dogs are very loving and friendly, but they will bark when strangers approach. With proper socialization and training these smaller dogs make great traveling companions and are also excellent pets for families or senior citizens.

The Pug-A-Poo is known for its expressive face and its ability to seem to connect with the owner's emotions. They are highly affectionate dogs that need to be around their families as much as possible. This is not a dog that is going be happy sitting outside or living in a kennel, they need to be in the house with the family. While they are active in the house they are not hyperactive and are not prone to being destructive or engaging in problematic behaviors once trained. Very easy to housetrain these little dogs are a good choice for a first time dog owner.

Pugapoo (Pug-A-Poo, Pugoodle) Puppy

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Grooming and General Care

Since there are different coat types found in this hybrid breed, there are some different grooming requirements. Pugoodles with the Poodle coat will need regular, every other day grooming if they are not clipped. The short haired Pug-like coats only need grooming once a week to remove dead hair. The Poodle type coats shed very little while the Pug like coats will shed moderately year round. Both will have finer, silkier hair and some may be suitable for people with mild to moderate allergies to dog hair and dander.

The Pugapoo, like both parent breeds, may be prone to eye infections. Carefully clip the hair around the eyes and wash the eyes with a damp cloth at every grooming. Any signs of tearing should be examined by a vet to prevent infections. Check the ears as well for any wax build up that can signal the early stages of ear infections.

Those Pug-A-Poos with the short muzzles will be more prone to heat stroke than the long muzzled hybrids and should be carefully monitored when exercising in the heat. Any dogs with an undershot jaw need to have their teeth routinely cleaned and examined.

Clubs and Registries:

  • ACHC
  • DRA
  • ICA
  • UABR
  • APRI
  • CKC

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      aishani 4 years ago

      pugs are the best i also have a pug whose name is taquela . he is very naughty and intelligent i love pugs but from all the pugs my pug is the best

    • profile image 5 years ago

      Pug a Poos expected date 05-25-12....Mother full bread Pug 17 lbs...father Poodle 4 1/2 lbs. Can't wait until we see what they will look like.

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      Mary K 5 years ago

      I am looking for a female pugapoo anywhere in the US (I am expecting to have to ship it). I live in New Mexico. I have a muscular disability and would like to invite a dog into my family. I'd love to have a pugapoo companion because I LOVE pugs but am very allergic to dogs. I am looking for a pugapoo girl that is the offspring of a smaller-than-average toy poodle and a smaller-than-average pug. The problem is that I can often not lift anything heavier than eight or so pounds (that's the ideal weight for the adult dog). And the fur must be poodle-like rather than pug-like, because of my allergies. I would prefer a light or brown color, because I can't see dark things, so black dogs tend to look very blurry. I would also prefer a little girl because of territory marking. Because of how specific my needs/wants are, it is taking a long time for me to find my puppy. Anyone know any pugapoo breeders? Or toy poodle or pug breeders who will be having pugapoo babies? I am looking for a very, very young puppy (not unhealthy young, but after the time when the dog can be safely separated from its mother).

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      A~ 6 years ago

      I am looking for a pugapoo in the Ny/NJ area any suggestions

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      Laura 6 years ago

      Hi Amy, you do not mention if you are feeding your dogs any food other than your breast milk. Human breast milk does not contain all the nutritional requirements for your dogs. They may also develop psychological problems later in life, such as an unhealthy fixation on breasts. It is probably too late for your husband, but you CAN still stop this happening to your puppies.

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      amy hill 7 years ago

      i own 10 and i take it in turns to breastfeed them and they sleep after wards then i feed ny husband

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      Karen 7 years ago

      I own a Pugoodle and she's the best dog I've ever had. She's so affectionate and loves kids. My only problem would be her grooming because her hair is medium length and grows on her head area quicker than anywhere else and knots up easily everywhere else if I don't keep on it.

      Al in all, these are great dogs to have.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Look like the perfect small dog.

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      Carolyn 8 years ago

      I have a pugoodle, Bobby, he is two years old and I got him at 5 months because the previous owners didn't want him anymore (he'd lost a leg in an accident and I think he wasn't turning out as little and cute as they hoped - he's kinda ugly). You never know how the crossbreeds are going to turn out, how big they're going to get, how hairy etc. Bobby is an absolute joy, he is extremely intelligent, loyal, entertaining and eager to please. It would have been a travesty if the previous owner had him put down like they wanted. Lucky the vet liked Bobby and called a rescue organization.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Cute dogs. Grooming and Care tips are great as well - great additional information

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      BetsyIckes 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Awwww!! They are so cute! I have Puggles, half Pug, half Beagle. We just love our dogs!

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      laurie 8 years ago

      have a pugoodle myself she is called belle and looks very much like a pug except she has the longer nose in fact she is the double of the black one in your photo a fantastic little dog

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      brydie 8 years ago

      O.M.G, These dogs are so cute, esspecialy the lats Pic.

      LOVE IT!



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      jlstrine55 8 years ago

      Informative...detailed...thorough...nice post!

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks for all the comments - lots more hubs on these small nmixed breeds coming soon!

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I like animals but I don't like owning one. If I did have a dog it would have to be a bit larger than that one.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beautiful little pooch

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago


      These are some beautiful dogs.

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      Kathy Beaman 8 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

      Great Hub about the Pugapoo, especially for those of us who are learning about small doggies. Thank you! Kathy