All About Jug Puppies
What Are Jugs?
A jug is a cross between a Jack Russell and a pug, so it's not a purebred dog but a hybrid of the two breeds. They are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and generally make wonderful family pets.
Jugs make adorable, loving companions and are great little family dogs with huge personalities.
Being individuals, with a mix of both Jack Russell and pug characteristics, each jug will have its own unique personality. However, here are some traits from both sides that are common in jugs:
- You should expect some of the fearless Jack Russell qualities, with a need for lots of exercising and sometimes an obsession with digging.
- Some jugs, like Jack Russells, are very dominant and may suffer from "little dog syndrome" where they feel that they are dominant over all other dogs (and humans for that matter). It is wise to instill in them the knowledge that you are the leader of the pack from a very early age.
- Typical pug-like qualities you may notice in your jug are sensitivity and a tendency to become jealous of other dogs (and children) in the home.
An ideal combination of the two breeds will give you a jug who has a fearless and protective nature, yet is highly sociable and easy to train due to the high intelligence of both breeds.
Jugs, depending on their mix percentages, tend to have pug type faces that are flatter than those of normal Jack Russells, with pug-like ears and a short snout. They may have leaner Jack Russell type bodies and will usually carry a curly pug tail. Coloring varies (depending on the parents) but the most typical jugs are various shades of either caramel or black. They are very endearing to look at and their cuteness and charm always guarantees a good deal of attention when out and about.
Jugs usually grow to between 10 to 14 inches in height and can weigh anywhere between 10 to 18 pounds (depending on the ratio of crossbreeding and the size of the parents).
Jugs are generally very sturdy and healthy little dogs and will live between 14 and 20 years if fed a healthy diet and exercised daily.