While the standard Pug is unique and lovable on its own, popular mixed breeds like the Puggle and Pug Husky mix win the hearts of many Pug lovers.
Let’s take a closer look at the Pugador dog and what you can expect if you decide to welcome one into your home.
A Pugador dog is a Pug Labrador Mix. Weighing 30-50lbs and standing up to 19-inches tall, Pugadors are medium-sized dogs that come with all the best (and worst) characteristics of their parent breeds. Loyal, affectionate, and usually even-tempered, Pugadors make the perfect pets for children. They love spending time around their humans.
Pugadors can also be very stubborn, and they inherit some of the health concerns common to both breeds and their hybrids. However, with adequate training and socializing, Pugadors can thrive in households with other pets.
What Do Pugadors Look Like?
Pugadors usually present like Labs, but with slightly abbreviated faces. They grow up to a size somewhere between their two parent breeds. With the lab and pug mix, some puppies inherit the Pug’s signature facial wrinkles, and some do not. The pug’s signature curly tail is typically longer on a Pugador.
Most have a short, black coat with white undersides, but they can also be blonde (yellow pugador), depending on the parentage.
Don’t be fooled by their short hair. Like Pugs, Pugadors tend to shed a lot, particularly in the summer months. So, they will require some grooming like other double-coat breeds.
Check out this short video of a cute black Pugador puppy!
When Did Pugadors Originate?
Nobody knows when or where this pug lab mix originally started (but we do know how they’re made!). Due to obvious, let’s say, logistical concerns, the average Pug weighs 16lbs and stands about 12-inches tall. The average Lab is 70lbs, 23-inches tall. A successful litter of Pugadors has to be bred through insemination, using a male Pug, and a female Labrador Retriever.
Both are ancient breeds, with long and storied histories—the Pug’s stretching back more than 2,000 years to Imperial China. But the Pugador is a relatively new hybrid; emerging, we think, in the United States, some time after the 1920s.
Common Pugador Health Problems
Like many hybrid breeds, the pug labrador mix suffers from many of their ancestor breeds’ inherited maladies, and a couple more all their own. Epilepsy, gastric torsion, and hip and elbow dysplasia are a few of the most common health issues for the Pugador.
Some significant health concerns can include:
- Gastric Torsion
- Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
- Pug Dog Encephalitis
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
Some other health issues to watch for include Entropion (an abnormality of the eye-lids which causes it to roll inward), Otitis Externa (also known as Swimmer’s Ear), and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (a degenerative disease that affects the photoreceptor cells of the eyes).
Although normally healthy and happy-go-lucky dogs, who live full lives, these issues are common enough in this pug and lab mix that they are something you should think about when considering whether or not a Pugador is the right breed for you. Enough so that most pet breeders recommend that Pugador owners look into pet Insurance.
Other Things To Consider
Most Pugadors are born with their father’s signature Pug snout and are prone to heatstroke, respiratory disorders, and eye trouble. Like their Pug parent, they are brachycephalic.
Even longer snouted Pugadors suffer from an increased risk of allergies, cataracts, ear infections, and corneal ulcers. Obesity can also be a problem, especially in dogs who affect more of a Pug temperament.
A common concern with pug owners is making sure their pug maintains a healthy weight. If a Pugador is more pug than Lab, they may have an increased risk of obesity. Since their dietary needs may be slightly different than a standard pug, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet to ensure your Pugador is eating a healthy amount of food.
Caring For Your Pugador Dog
The lab and pug mix Pugadors can be amazing dogs and some of the most loyal companions you’ll ever have.
Pugadors love to run outside or take long walks with their humans. And their longer legs mean they can keep up for longer and at a brisk pace. You’ll want to keep them stimulated, giving them time as much as you can, lest they get bored and turn mischievous to get your attention.
As with both pugs and Labradors, you’ll have to brush their teeth regularly, clip the ragged ends off of their claws, and keep up with daily brushing to help keep hair off of your floor. Don’t forget to clean their little facial folds with gentle, tear-free doggy shampoo.
It’s all worth it when you look into your Pugador’s eyes. Pugadors are beautiful dogs, and both parent breeds are considered to be relatively low-maintenance dogs. Most Pugador owners report a rewarding experience raising, loving and living with their Pugadors for long years of happy life. The Pugador life expectancy is around 15 years.
Final Thoughts About The Pugador Dog
As with all breeds, the pug and lab mix Pugadors come with a unique set of characteristics. Loving and energetic, Pugadors are ideal for families with young children, who have space for them to run and play; and time to spend giving them the attention their pug DNA demands.
Somewhere between a pug and a Labrador in size, your Pugador will be welcome at most hotels; so they will be able to join you on any adventures you decide to take on.With lineage stretching back to the Han Dynasty on one side, and 1830’s Canada on the other, Pugadors are a stately and gallant hybrid breed. Good dogs, who will make an excellent addition to any kind and loving family who decides to welcome a Pugador into their home.
Just make sure you’re ready to show them love and affection—and able to get them outside to perform an average amount of physical activity.
About the author
Rachael is the co-founder and editor at Pug Facts. Owner of one elderly Pug, she’s dedicated to helping other Pug owners create healthy, happy, lives with their furry best friends.