The Pugland is the cross between the Pug and the West Highland white terrier. Being a designer breed, these dogs can have a short muzzle like the Pug or a long and heavy muzzle like the Westie. Because both the parent breeds are small in size, these dogs also have a compact body. They have short legs with a medium sized tail.
Temperament & Personality
They may suffer small dog syndrome and can get into a fight with a big dog. These protective creatures can go to any extent to protect their family. They mix well with other dogs, but should not be left alone with small creatures such as guinea pigs, rabbits or kittens. Puglands get well along with children of any age group.
The Puggies are an indoor breed, rather than an outdoor kind, which means they prefer the in-house life rather than stepping outside under the sun. It can also inherit the headstrong and independent nature of both of its parent breeds. They can also be a great guard dog because of their excellent barking skills.
These highly energetic creatures need regular exercise. The owner can also arrange indoor playtime sessions for this breed to keep it mentally and physically active. Depriving the dog of proper daily activities will make it destructive and disobedient.
The soft inner coat needs brushing once every week and the hard outer fur needs to be stripped two times in a year. Bathing is only recommended when the dog gets dirty and muddy. Clipping the nails, brushing the teeth, and cleaning the ears and eyes once every two weeks will keep the dog well groomed.
Major concerns are Addison’s disease, Brachycephalic syndrome, and Craniomandibular Osteopathy. Minor matters are Entropion, Skin-fold dermatitis, Glaucoma, Seborrhea, and Keratoconjunctivitis Seca. Occasional tests are Eye examination, Skin evaluation, Internal imaging (X-rays, CT scan, MRI) and Blood and urine analysis.
Because of their chasing instincts, leash training is a must for these dogs. Obedience training is the second most crucial thing and commands will allow the dog to dismiss its stubborn nature permanently.
The dog’s diet should comprise of proper nutrient-rich food given in an adequate measurement on a regular basis. The pups should be given appropriate Vet approved dog food.