A Pugalier is the loyal and playful mix of a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While this cross has likely been around for a long time, the Pugalier, or Cavapug, has been gaining popularity since the designer dog craze of the 1990s and early 2000s. You might be wondering if one of these dogs would be the right match for you and your family. Luckily, we’ve compiled a lot of information into our Pugalier Puppies guide.
Where To Get Pugalier Puppies
Since Pugaliers are a mixed breed, they’re more likely to show up in unsafe breeding operations, including backyard breeding and puppy mills. This is why it’s very important to do your research when finding a responsible Pugalier breeder. You’ll want your money to go to someone who cares about the health of their dogs and of the mixed breed bloodline. If a breeder isn’t honest with you about health issues and isn’t willing to show you where they keep their dogs, we recommend staying away. Kiko…
While the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Pugalier, there are a few hybrid dog breed organizations that do. These include the Dog Registry of America, the International Designer Canine Registry, the American Canine Hybrid Club, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club. A certification from one of these organizations is a good sign you’ve found an ethical Pugalier breeder.
There are also a lot of options for rescuing and adopting a Pugalier. One may show up at your local animal shelter. While there isn’t a hybrid-specific rescue organization for Pugaliers, they may also show up at rescue organizations for Pugs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. While rescuing is great for a number of reasons, there are a couple of downsides. You’re less likely to find a puppy at a shelter or rescue, since these organizations are usually devoted to finding new homes for older dogs. In addition, the shelter or rescue may not have complete health and breeding information for a dog.
Whether you choose the breeder route or the rescue route, it’s important to do your research before choosing your Pugalier. Aurora…
Depending on a few factors, a Pugalier puppy will usually cost between $600 and $1000. As with any puppy, a higher price point is a good sign you’ve found a responsible breeder. Most ethical breeders will incorporate housing and care costs into the up-front cost of their puppies. This can also mean important vet visits, socialization, and even health screenings. The more you spend with a breeder for a puppy, the less likely your dog will have health issues later in life.
Pugaliers come in a variety of coat colors. While some are solid-colored, most will have some combination of coat colors. Their colors include apricot, black, brown, ruby, gray, white, and black and tan. They have slightly floppy ears which can perk up, a combination of their Pug and Cavalier heritage.
A Pugalier will stay small. Most measure 10-14 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 10-20 pounds. Ladynrai…
Pugaliers are friendly towards basically everyone. They’ll get along well with strangers and with other dogs. While they’re great with kids, you’ll still want to supervise interactions between them and any children. Since Pugaliers are smaller, they’re at more risk of getting hurt while playing with excited kids. As long as you teach kids who may interact with your dog how to play gently, they should get along great. Pugaliers are a great option if you have other pets in your house. As long as they’re introduced slowly to cats, rabbits, and other small animals, they’ll get along just fine. Milo…
While Pugaliers are playful, they don’t have high energy levels and don’t need a lot of exercise. Daily short walks, play sessions, and potty breaks should be enough. Most importantly, don’t leave them alone for long periods of time. Pugaliers need devoted family time and attention, or they may develop separation anxiety.
Pugaliers inherit some intelligence from their Cavalier parents. However, their Pug parents can give them a bit of a stubborn streak. Overall, they’re very eager to please you, their owner and pack leader. Use patience and positive reinforcement, as Pugaliers can also be sensitive to harshness.
Pugalier Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Pugaliers can inherit a number of health conditions from either of their parent breeds. These include hip dysplasia, heart conditions, dry eye, and patellar luxation. In addition, since Pugs are short-snouted dogs, this can affect their breathing and tolerance of hot weather. It’s best not to exercise with your Pugalier in very hot weather, since your dog risks getting heat stroke. A responsible designer breeder will screen for these health issues in their parents and puppies. However, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for symptoms, especially if your Pugalier is a rescue. Regular vet visits will help with diagnosis and treatment. Nova…
After bringing your Pugalier puppy home, you’ll want to schedule a vet visit for them every three weeks until they’re a few months old. At these visits, your vet will get to know your Pugalier better and make sure they’re growing up happy and healthy. In addition, this is where your vet will administer a series of puppy vaccinations. Along with an optional Bordetella vaccine, these include shots for distemper, rabies, and parvovirus. Read our puppy vaccine schedule to learn more.
Since Pugaliers are prone to weight gain and obesity, it’s important to keep them to a feeding schedule. Don’t leave their food out all day. Though it’s hard to resist their cute faces, it’s also best to limit treat consumption. Obesity in a dog can cause health issues or make existing health issues worse.
You’ll want to find a food specifically formulated for small breed dogs. Make sure any kibble contains easy to identify, well-sourced ingredients. You can also home-cook their meals if you’re really concerned about the quality of food they’re eating. Although raw and grain-free pet diets are gaining popularity, they do have associated risks. Make sure a raw or grain-free diet is right for your Pugalier before committing. Curly_tail…
Like with any dog, you’ll want to take your Pugalier’s age, health, and weight into account before choosing a food. Your vet or a certified pet nutritionist should be able to help you with this process.
Pugaliers do shed, so they’re not the best choice for allergy sufferers. However, they do have an easy to groom coat. Depending on their parents, they may have the shorter length coat of their Pug parent or a more medium-length coat like their Cavalier parent. A once a week brush will spread their natural oils throughout their coat if they have more of a Pug coat. If their coat is more Cavalier, you might want to brush them two to three times a week. Keeping baths on an occasional basis will help keep their skin and coats well-oiled.
Since Pugs don’t do well in cold weather, you’ll probably want to invest in a winter coat and booties for your Pugalier. In addition, during the summer months, you’ll want to put sunscreen on their ears and in any areas where fur is somewhat sparse.
Pugalier Puppies – Photos
You now know everything you need to about Pugalier puppies.