Puganese

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

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

A brief presentation of the Puganese

The Puganese is a cross between a Pug and a Havanese. The hybrid is small, averaging around 4.5 kilos, and generally a happy breed that will love to have your attention. Like a Pug, Puganeses will probably be curious and want to check things out. It will also have the willingness of its other parent breed, the Havanese. Puganeses may seek to run the household, resulting in aggression and lots of barking. Therefore, it's important for Puganeses to have a strong owner who will take charge and be clear that the adults in the house dominate the dog.

History of the Puganese

The Puganese is a relatively new hybrid, although the two breeds that make up the hybrid have a long history.

 

        

A little of the Pug

        
Evidence of the Pug was first documented in China during the Han dynasty. In those days, dogs of the breed belonged to emperors and were treated like royalty. After being brought to Europe by Dutch traders in the 1500s to 1600s, the dogs quickly became a favorite of royalty there too. Dutch traders brought the breed to Europe in the 1500s and 1600s, and the Pug quickly became popular among European royalty. In many countries, the breed was given a new name on arrival. After the Civil War, the Pug made its way to the United States, gaining recognition from the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Standard of the Pug

A little of the Havanese Bichon

When we look at the Havanese, this breed was created primarily as a companion dog, so it's loving and gentle with the ability to make people smile wherever it goes. The Bichon Havanais breed was originally created in Havana, where it takes its name, and is part of the Bichon family. Over time, this popular breed found its way into the hearts of the Spanish colonists who brought the dog to Cuba in the late 18th century. Once there, the Havanese's abundant silky coat became more insulated, contributing to its ability, and that of the Poovanais, to tolerate the heat very well. Despite the Havanese's popularity in Cuba after the Cuban Revolution, the dog felt left by the wayside and was all but forgotten. Fortunately, some of the dogs made their way to America with Cuban refugees, where their popularity grew exponentially. Accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1999, the Havanese has been a show dog and loyal family companion ever since.
Standard of the Havanese Bichon

Appearance of the Puganese

As with all mixed breeds, you can expect the Puganese to inherit more of the physical characteristics of the Pug or the Havanese, or to be a fairly homogeneous blend of the two. Depending on the size of the two parent breeds, your Puganese will probably be small and can inherit any number of coat colors. Your Puganese may inherit the large, deep wrinkles characteristic of the Pug breed, and as both parent breeds are double-coated, it's likely that your Puganese will also be double-coated. The exact appearance of his coat will depend on the traits your dog inherits. The Pug's coat is generally short, while the Havanese will have a long, wavy coat. Its eyes will be dark and may be very round like the Pug's, with a domed effect. They may also have brachycephalic characteristics.

Temperament of the Puganese

The Puganese will inherit its behavioral traits from its parent breeds, the Pug and the Havanese. Each offspring will inherit different traits from its parent breeds. Overall, the Puganese is a happy breed that will enjoy attracting the attention of its human and others it meets. Like a Pug, the Puganese will be a curious dog, and like a Havanese, it can have a mind of its own. Hybrid dogs tend to be courageous and eager to follow their own path. Puganeses tend to be the dominant member of the household, which isn't good for anyone and can lead to the development of aggressive tendencies and frequent barking. You'll want to take matters into your own hands right away and make sure your Puganese knows that the adults in his household are dominant. This will help your dog relax and feel more at ease.

Needs and activities of the Puganese

While both of your hybrid's parent breeds enjoy lounging and snuggling with their humans, they also require some degree of physical activity. The Puganese will need daily exercise, whether it's a long walk with its humans, a trip to the dog park or some outdoor activity. Due to traits inherited from the Pug, you shouldn't expect your Puganese to take part in intense exercise, especially during the warmer months of the year, as in hot weather the breed is prone to heat exhaustion. Because of the Puganese's small size, hybrid dogs do well in an apartment as long as they are given the opportunity to get the outdoor activity they need.

Maintenance of the Puganese

The Puganese's maintenance needs will depend on the coat it inherits. If your Puganese inherits the Pug's short coat, maintenance will be simple, involving weekly brushing and an occasional bath. If your Puganese inherits the much longer coat of the Havanese, it will need regular brushing to prevent tangling, and more frequent bathing. As with all dogs, it's important to brush his teeth several times a week to ensure his long-term dental health, as well as trimming his nails as necessary to prevent them from tearing or breaking.

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