Also known as the Pugshund, the mix between our favorite Pug and the mighty Dachshund is an easy-going pet that is a delight to live with.
Anyone who is looking for a low maintenance family dog with not too many activity requirements will adore this pet.
The Daug is a designer dog specifically produced to serve as a dependable companion dog, while also being a vigilant watchdog.
Although it is a relatively newer mixed breed, the Daug is increasingly growing in popularity.
So whether you’re looking for a Dachshund and Pug mix, or are simply hoping to get a pet dog, it is helpful to find out more about this breed.
In this guide, you will be enlightened with all the necessary bits of information that are needed before one decides to get their hands on a Daug pup.
That being said, before getting into the specifics of the Daug, it will help to familiarize ourselves with the background of this crossbreed.
While both parent breeds of the Daug are ancient dogs that have been around for centuries, they were originally meant to serve different purposes.
Throughout history, the Pug served the role of a trusted companion to royalty, including some of the highest-ranking members of the nobility as well as the emperors in China.
The Dachshund, on the other hand, was bred as a hunting dog, with its origins in Germany. Over the years, this breed gained popularity for its agile physique and remarkable stamina.
With parents as revered as the Pug and the Dachshund, it only makes sense that the Daug is a fine mixture of confidence and protectiveness.
So let us dive into the plethora of qualities of the Daug by starting with its puppies.
The Daug Puppies – Before You Buy…
See if you can answer these basic queries about the price, breeders, and the compatibility of the Daug with your lifestyle:
- How much will a Daug puppy cost?
- Do I know where and how to find reliable breeders for a Daug mix?
- Will I be able to give the Daug the care and attention it deserves?
You will find the answers to these questions in the next few sentences.
What price are the Daug puppies?
More often than not, mixed offspring of two purebreds, pedigree dogs usually cost a lot less than their parents.
While the Pug is priced between $600 and $1500, the Dachshund is a relatively cheaper dog, falling in the $200 to $1000 category.
Considering the affordable price range of both parent breeds, a standard Daug puppy can be expected to cost buyers approximately $450.
How to find reputable Daug breeders?
While a lot of people may try to avoid the search for a breeder for fear of getting swindled, it is far easier to select a breeder that is not only honest but will also be ready to guide you through your puppy-buying process.
With the knowledge of a handful of indicators that show a breeder’s honesty, you can enhance your experience of getting a puppy by ten folds.
The first thing you need to get in order when you meet your breeder is to ask to see the medical history of not just the puppy that you’re going to buy, but also of its parents.
Careful breeders will always have their dogs tested for all necessary health regulations and will clear the dogs of any illnesses that may have shown up in the past.
In addition to that, try to get the breeder to let you meet the parents of the puppy that you’re potentially buying.
In this meeting, you would be able to deduce for yourself about the kind of qualities that will be found in your Daug puppy.
Moreover, be sure to take your time with the breeder.
A good breeder will also be patient and not rush you into buying the puppy, for he/she will understand how important this decision is to you.
3 Little-known facts about the Daug puppies
Here are some pieces of information about the Daug breed that you may not be familiar with:
- The Daug has little grooming needs
More often than not, a Daug puppy will have minimal maintenance requirements.
Depending on how long their coat is, the Daug will only need to be brushed about twice or thrice a week.
These dogs also don’t shed much, so keeping its coat brushed will prevent loose fur from covering your furniture.
- The Daug can be stubborn
While it is easy to train, owing to its eagerness to make its owners happy, the Daug can develop a rather obstinate streak.
To curb this rigidness, the owner will have to be firm, but gentle at the same time and teach the Daug what constitutes as good behaviors and what doesn’t.
- You will have to make a conscious effort to keep the barking under control
The Daug is a very vocal dog that will bark quite often to convey different messages to its owner.
To mitigate unnecessary barking, you can easily teach your pet some commands like “speak” or “quiet” to tell it when it is the right time to bark and when it is time to stop.
Physical Traits of the Daug
The size of the Daug is usually described as small or medium. Let’s take a look at how this dog does on various scales.
How big is a full-grown Daug?
Both the male and female Daug will measure between 11 to 13 inches in height, which makes it only about a foot tall.
A full-grown male Daug will weigh about a mere 18 to 25 pounds, while its female counterpart will have an even lighter weight of between 15 and 20 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Daug?
On average, the Daug is expected to live at least 12 and up to 15 years, which means that it will live a full, normal-spanned life as far as dogs go.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Daug
The most intriguing quality of the personality of this dog is its deep, strong bond with its owner.
The Daug is a friendly and loyal pet that will be most at ease in the lap of its master. Its fondness of human company makes it even more fitting as a family pet.
If the Daug was to be described in one word, that word would be “laid-back”. This is a relaxed dog with a mostly calm demeanor.
While they long for interaction with other humans and animals, the Daug can get wary and reserved in the presence of unfamiliar faces in their vicinity.
Although this trait makes them vigilant watchdogs, it also means that the Daug can show its aggressive side to strangers.
Therefore, you will have to make clear to your pet that the strange person that it perceives as a threat is a friendly guest that needs to be welcomed.
Once the Daug is comfortable with a new person, it will not shy away from instantly getting along with them.
The Daug also has an inherent territorial streak, which should be controlled with proper socialization in the onset.
You will do both the dog and yourself a huge favor by emphasizing on letting your dog socialize with other species in different surroundings.
This will help get your pet accustomed and more easily adaptable to new settings.
The earlier you familiarize your pet with such experiences, the easier it will find to judge a good thing from a bad thing.
The stubborn streak if the Daug will also have to be gradually diminished, but can only be done with consistent, tactful training.
Like a lot of other breeds, the Daug should not be left on its own for long.
This is because this dog attaches itself very deeply to its master and can go into depression or anxiety when separated from its family.
The Daug Diet
Small-sized dogs like the Dachshund and Pug mix do not require large quantities of food, but in fact, need a good quality of nourishment.
One cup of dry doggy food per day will suffice for your Daug, provided that it is of top quality. Budget about $25 to $30 a month for your pet’s diet.
However, if it costs more, do not compromise on the quality of the diet that is going into your pet’s system. Talking to a vet about what kind of food will best be suited for the Daug will help immensely.
How much Exercise does a Daug need?
Fortunately for owners with busy schedules, the Daug is not a dog that needs to be kept active.
Although they’re full of energy, a couple of short walks a day, or one walk of 30 minutes at a stretch will be sufficient to meet the daily requirements of your pet.
The Daug will have no problem adjusting to apartment life.
Therefore, you can find various games and interactive sessions to keep your Daug engaged and its mind stimulated with toys and other kinds of playthings.
Interacting with the family is one of the biggest pastimes for the Daug. Thus, when the Daug starts playing, it expects the whole family to be involved in the routine as well.
While you can keep its hunting drive satisfied with chew toys, its socializing needs will best be met if you take it to the dog park frequently so that it can mix with other members of its species.
Obedience lessons and competitive dog games will be highly appreciated by this active dog.
The Daug Health and Conditions
In terms of health, the Daug inherits strong genes from both its parents. This makes it immune to a lot of diseases that other dog breeds may be at higher risk of developing.
Having said that, general care has to be taken to protect your pet from illnesses and other concerns.
Being a mixed breed, the Daug can be predisposed to some congenital health issues, including diabetes, epilepsy, nerve and back problems, eye and ear infections, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, Cushing’s disease, and allergies.
The Daug may also be prone to bloating, but you can easily control this by making sure it does not overeat.
My final thoughts on the Daug
There is not much about the Daug that will discourage you from getting it.
In fact, we could hardly find anything wrong with this adorable hybrid.
Loving, smart, obedient, and a cuddler, the Dachshund and Pug mix is the ideal lap dog for owners who want the experience of owning a dog but do not want to go through long hours of grooming and general upkeep of the pet.
Now that we have covered all the aspects of the Daug as a pet, you would have probably reached a conclusion on whether the Daug appeals to you or not.
To summarize the different traits we discussed previously, this designer pooch is a lively but docile pet that will treat its family members, especially children, with the utmost care and respect.
This playful dog will make the best playmate for your kids.
While it is an inherently sporty dog, it will often be found lazing about in a corner of the house when it is particularly tired or worn out from a day of lively activity.
Moreover, the Daug will always seek your attention, but that is not necessarily a bad thing,
We believe that the Daug is very similar to humans in its desire to mingle and interact with others.
So, if you can relate to the attention-hungry nature of the Daug, you will not mind its clinginess.
Finally, whatever traits of the Daug you find undesirable can easily be tweaked with proper training.
Our final verdict on this adorable hybrid pooch is that once you get a taste of its personality, you won’t be able to resist the courageous, lively, and protective nature of the Daug!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Daug Puppies – Before You Buy…
- What price are the Daug puppies?
- How to find reputable Daug breeders?
- 3 Little-known facts about the Daug puppies
- Physical Traits of the Daug
- How big is a full-grown Daug?
- What is the life expectancy of the Daug?
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Daug
- The Daug Diet
- How much Exercise does a Daug need?
- The Daug Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Daug