American Pugabull

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the American Pugabull

The Pug originated in China. It was often part of the royal households of Europe and, in Victorian times, the Pug featured in paintings, postcards and figurines. The American Bulldog was bred for the now-defunct practice of bull-baiting, and farmers and ranchers used them as hunting and guarding dogs. Both the Bulldog and the Pug are great excretors. They are child-friendly dogs and very loyal to family members.

History of the American Pugabull

The American Pugabull may have existed naturally over the years, but breeders began intentionally crossing American Bulldogs and Pugs in the late 1990s in North America. Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to create the perfect companion dog. Mixing breeds can also help prevent certain problems linked to inbreeding in purebred dogs. They continued to create American Pugabulls as the demand for mixed-breed puppies grew. Although the American Pugabull breed made its debut as a specific crossbreed, some have ended up in shelters, so consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you.
        

A little of the American Bulldog

        
The American Bulldog is the closest relative of the English Bulldog in the USA, having arrived in the 1800s with immigrants to the country who brought their dogs with them. In the Americas, this line of Bulldog was popular as a working dog for farmers and ranchers in the Deep South. During the war, the breed almost disappeared, the surviving dogs being kept on farms mainly in the southeast, where they protected the farm and worked as cattle and herding dogs. John D. Johnson of Summerville, Georgia, was the main person responsible for preventing the breed's extinction by collecting and breeding the best examples of the breed he could find.
Presentation of the American Bulldog

A little of the Pug

There has been some speculation about the origins of this breed, which seems to come from the Orient. China is its birthplace, where brachycephalic breeds have always been popular. Dutch East India Company merchants introduced it to Europe. It was very popular in the Netherlands in the 1500s. So much so that it became the symbol of royal patriots. The Pug was introduced to England when William III came to the throne. Until 1877, only the fawn variety was seen in Britain, until a pair of blacks were imported from the Orient.
Standard of the Pug

Appearance of the American Pugabull

There is no uniform color or marking pattern for the American Pugabull. However, often the Pugabull will be fawn in color, much like the average Pug, with black markings. The American Bulldog is available in a variety of colors: red brindle, white, red, brown, beige, fawn and piebald. It's likely that a Pugabull could come in any of these colors or color mixes. Both breeds are short-haired, and neither has a waterproof coat. Both breeds have medium softness and density. There is a clear difference in the size of each parent breed. The American Pugabull generally grows to the size of an English Bulldog and looks very much like a construction English.

Temperament of the American Pugabull

The Pug is a lively, friendly little dog. The American Bulldog is highly protective, loyal, courageous and alert. A mix of personalities would produce a loyal, active, courageous and friendly Pugabull. This hybrid may not be as active as the Pug, but it will always need daily mental and physical stimulation. The Pug can develop a behavioral condition known as small dog syndrome, which is not a behavioral problem born in the Pug but the result of human interaction with the Pug. The Pug needs to know that its master is the boss. Similarly, the American Bulldog needs a strong leader, otherwise he'll assume the role of pack leader. The Pugabull can inherit this pack leader mentality, so it's important to be firm but consistent with the Pugabull.

Needs and activities of the American Pugabull

The American Bulldog is a very active dog, however, when kept indoors, it can become relatively inactive, especially in old age. The Pug is an excellent indoor dog, as it doesn't require much exercise. However, both parent breeds are prone to mischief without proper activity. Because the Pug is naturally brachycephalic, it's best not to leave the Pugabull outside for long periods unsupervised. Brachycephalic dogs can't overheat, so when exercising your American Pugabull, be careful.

Maintenance of the American Pugabull

Although the American Bulldog is only an average shedder, the Pug sheds constantly, so it's reasonable to expect the Pugabull to be an average, if not above-average, shedder. Both parent breeds have short coats. We recommend brushing your Pugabull every week, more if it's shedding season. Bathe your Pugabull only when necessary. Teeth should be brushed at least three times a week, but daily brushing will help prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Nails should be trimmed twice a month. If you hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor, they need trimming. It's a good idea to start grooming your puppy at an early age, so he can get used to a routine.

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