The Japug: A Complete Guide

If you are looking for a low-energy lap dog, then the Japug is a perfect match for you. They are incredibly affectionate little dogs and need a lot of care and attention to be happy.

However, you can expect the same from them. They are the happiest when they are curled up watching television with you or sleeping in your lap.

These lovable little dogs are the hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Pug.

Goofy Japug
The Japugs don’t have to get out of the house much.

The Japanese Chin has a history of being a companion to Japanese Royalty.

They are different from every other Japanese breed of dog because they were specifically bred to be lap dogs.

All the dog breeds in Japan were bred for hunting or for doing work around the farm. It is speculated that this dog was given as a gift to the Japanese royal family by a Chinese trader.

They are known for being very low-energy dogs, and needing constant attention and pampering from their owners.

Although the Pug is most common in America, it was originally a Chinese dog that was bred for companionship.

In the late 1800s, European merchants brought them back from China, and their popularity has since exploded as both a show dog and a companion.

In 2004, the Pug won the award for best show dog in the world. Pugs are also relatively low-energy dogs.

They are known for their complete loyalty to their masters and are very loving and affectionate.

When you combine these two dogs, you get the Japug, which is one of the cutest lap dogs that you could ever own.

They are great for retired people or individuals who spend a lot of time at the house.

Japug Puppies – Before You Buy…

These little dogs are very cute, but they require a lot of attention and need constant pampering, which can be a little bit much for most people.

Besides this, there is some other information that’s important for you to know. Let’s take a look at the most frequently asked questions by first time Japug owners.

What Price are Japug Puppies?

Unfortunately, these dogs do not come cheap. Pugs have become incredibly popular over the past few decades, and to get a purebred, breeders will have to shell out at least $1,500.

The Japanese Chin cost around $2,000. Needless to say, to breed your Japug, the breeder will have to spend a lot of money on the parents.

To get a Japug puppy, you should be prepared to spend at least $1,000 and be prepared to hear a price closer to $1,500.

How to Find Reputable Japug Breeders?

Unfortunately, the Japug looks a lot like a small pug.

Because of this, you will often find breeders who are trying to cheat you into buying what is really just the runt of a Pug litter and charge you twice the price for it.

When you are buying an expensive puppy like this, it is a good idea to check all of the pedigree papers for both parents.

3 Little-known facts about Japug puppies

  1. Japug puppies have relatively low energy levels, and they usually prefer to stay indoors instead of going outside.
  2. These dogs need a lot of personal attention and playtime from their owners. If they don’t get it, then they can become depressed and lonely, which is bad for their health.
  3. Japugs like to sleep a lot, so don’t be surprised if they nap for 15 hours a day. This is completely normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Physical Traits of the Japug

These dogs look more like tiny Pugs than anything else. The only difference between Japugs and Pugs is their hair length.

The Japanese Chin tends to have long wispy hair, similar to that of a Shih Tzu.  When combined with the traditional Pug, the resulting hybrid will have thick, medium length hair.

The Japug’s fur is usually a dark brown or black color, but it’s common to see white and cream-colored splotching that comes from their Pug heritage.

Japug on couch
The Japugs like sleeping a lot.

Thankfully the Japug is a very hygienic little dog.

They clean themselves multiple times a day, and they don’t get out of the house often which means that you don’t have to worry about them getting dirty and having fur that is clotted with a bunch of dirt and mud.

This makes them perfect for people who have homes full of antique furniture.

Japugs tend to have the small squashed faces of pugs, but the main difference is in the nose.

The Japugs nose is slightly raised in an imperial manner that could only be inherited from the Japanese Chin.

Their eyes also aren’t quite as prominent as one would expect from most Pugs.

Their eyes have a lot of extra skin around them which gives them the appearance of being constantly sad even when they are very excited.

How Big is a Full-Grown Japug?

Japugs are traditionally very small little dogs. It is rare to find one that grows any larger than 15 pounds.

If they take after their Pug genes, they may grow to be up to 20 pounds, but this is very rare. Most of the time, it’s more common to find a Japug that weighs about 11 or 12 pounds.

They are usually no taller than 10 inches. The tallest that you will ever see a Japug is around 12 inches, but this is uncommon.

Generally speaking, the males will be slightly larger than the females, but this is also hard to predict until you can take a good look at the parents’ size.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Japug?

These dogs have a relatively long life expectancy and can live to be up to 15 years old.

On the other end of the scale, they may only live to be 11 years old, but this is uncommon and is usually the result of them contracting a disease or sustaining accident-related injuries.

As with most dogs, you can increase their lifespan by making sure that they are happy, get plenty of exercise, and are fed a healthy diet.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Japug

The Japug is not an incredibly intelligent dog. It has survived over the years simply because it is a very lovable dog and finds itself under the constant protection of others.

The Japug was bred specifically for companionship, however, and has few other features that are necessary for survival in the wild.

Their temperament is very calm, and they don’t like to be around a loud and wild household. This means that they aren’t the type of dog that you’ll want to bring home if you have a large family.

They are far more suited to people who live by themselves or retired individuals who don’t have any relatives living with them.

Looking at the Japug’s personality, you will find them to be very sociable and loving dogs.

They need constant attention from their owners, or else they will get depressed, and their personality will become withdrawn.

For the most part, they will get along well with any other household pets that you might have as long as they are respectful of the Japugs personal space.

The Japug’s Diet

Concerned Japug
The Japugs are completely loyal to their masters.

Because these dogs are so small and lead such a sedentary life, they will rarely need more than 1 cup of food per day.

It is best to divide this into two feedings times; once at breakfast, and once at dinner.

It’s very important not to overfeed these little dogs, as their small body frame makes them prime candidates for canine diabetes in their later life.

How Much Exercise Does The Japug Need?

These dogs do not need much exercise at all.

Because of their tiny frame, they can get almost all of the exercise that they need from trotting around your house all day.

It’s still a good idea to take your Japug out on small walks so that they can get some fresh air and meet other dogs, but you will only have to worry about doing this a couple of times per week.

Japug Health and Conditions

Because they lead such safe and homely lifestyles, the Japug isn’t prone to developing a lot of the other health conditions that are commonly seen in other dogs.

They are rarely affected by a disease, and it’s very uncommon for them to fall victim to the bone and joint pain.

The one problem that you will have to look out for is Red Eye Syndrome. Because they have the large eyes of the Pug, they have been known to develop a case of dry, red eyes.

This is especially common for Japugs who live in arid climates. This can usually be solved with some special eye drops from the veterinarian’s office.

Final Thoughts on the JapugJapug guide

If you are looking for a calm, quiet dog to be your loving companion, then the Japug is a great choice for you.

They are very affectionate and will make you feel like the luckiest dog owner alive. However, they do require a lot of attention and don’t do well if they are left alone.

This means that they are not a good dog for people who lead hectic lifestyles and who are always at work or school.

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