Breed group : Toy
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GENERALBreed group: Toy Type: Hybrid
Talent: Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 7 - 18 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12 - 14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Puginese's distinguished parentage are two Chinese breeds, the Pug and the Pekingese. Both were bred and highly favored by Chinese royalty, with the Pekingese being owned only by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. The Pekingese were also temple guardians, and is also called the Lion Dog, after the Chinese guardian lions found at the entrance of edifices. Chinese art and literature abound with account of these two breeds. Long bred and kept by the Chinese, they were introduced to Europe and other parts of the world only from the 16th century onwards, when they were commonly gifted to heads of foreign royal houses. Its long affiliation with royalty notwithstanding, the Pekingese nowadays makes for a well-liked and popular breed, chosen for its suitability to small living spaces and its cheery disposition.
The Puginese's coat could come in all colors, as both parents' do, but a black mask is likely, or at the very least, black eyes, nose and lips. Albinos could appear, but these are often cautiously bred, as the gene signals several health defect as well.
The coat will be single-layered and smooth if inherited from the Pug parent. A Pekingese parent will contribute a double-layered coat, with the top one being long and coarse, as opposed to the short, softer undercoat. A mane could be present around the neck, and fur will be longer around the ears, legs, and tail. The Puginese will be a compact dog, low to the ground with a shortened muzzle, flat face and large eyes.
The Pekingese is a small dog, but not delicate, making it an ideal pet for a household with children. Too, the Puginese's excitability and playfulness will provide great fun and entertainment, while its sturdiness makes sure it is not easily injured. Young children will still need to be supervised, though, as the Puginese can sometimes have a mind of its own and might not take too kindly to rough play. It will tend to be barky at times, and will be so with a stranger around. It thinks highly of itself, and so will expect nothing less than attention and affection from its owner. It is charming and sweet-natured enough, however, to also return this affection. It will be sociable with other dogs and pets in the house.
The Puginese's fur, if allowed to grow long, should be maintained and groomed at least once every month. Otherwise, a daily brushing will sufficiently take care of the dirt. Wrinkles in the face should be carefully kept dry and clean, as well dirt around the eyes and on the fur in the buttocks area, as these could be sources of infection. The Puginese's shortened airway also makes staying outdoors a health risk, as hot weather could cause this breed difficulty in breathing and overheating.
Training should ideally start as early as possible, as the Puginese could be stubborn and opinionated. Rewards and praise will often be enough to reinforce good behavior; conversely harsh handling or punishments could damage the dog's personality.
Indoor living is greatly suited to the Puginese, who will not require vigorous exercise or extended walks or runs. To keep it stimulated and help ward off weight gain, a daily regimen of leashed walks or fun and games is best.