The Pug Pit – A Complete Guide

When searching for your next dog, you will have to decide what you want out of it, as that will make it so much easier for you to determine what breed will work best for you.

If you neglect to do your research when it comes to dog breeds, that may come back to bite you (at times quite literally).

The Pug Pit is precisely what the name suggests. Consisting of a mix between a Pug and an American Pit Bull Terrier (also known as a simple Pit Bull), this is a unique dog breed that is nearly as recognizable as its Pug parent.

This is a charming small to medium-sized dog that has a few quirks.

Over the course of this complete guide, I am going to present everything that you need to know about the Pug Pit.

I’ll start by going over the things you should know about this dog’s puppies; then we can move on to physical attributes, behavior and intelligence, and much more, so bear with me.

Pug Pit Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Pug Pit is so small and energetic.

Before you purchase any puppy, you will want to know everything that you can about them.

Dogs can be wildly different when they are younger, and an older example of a breed will often fail to give you an idea of how it acted when it was a puppy.

Let’s start by seeing how much these dogs cost…

What Price are Pug Pit Puppies?

A Pug Pit’s price can vary based on a range of different factors, including the purity of the parents, the size of the dog, and quite a few other things, but they tend to be a little cheaper than other dogs.

Even a pristine example of this breed will often go for less than many other designer dogs.

Many Pug Pit puppies will be available for as little as 300 to 400 dollars, with the upper price limit reaching somewhere around 700 dollars.

The low price for this breed is due to the relative commonality of its Pit Bull parent, meaning that Pug Pit breeders are easier to find than you would expect.

How to Find Reputable Pug Pit Breeders?

If you have decided that the Pug Pit sounds like the right dog breed for you, it is likely that you will want to find a breeder that is both reputable and trustworthy.

The world of dog breeding can be a dark and shady one, with puppy mills running rampant around the country.

No dog lover wants their money to support these abominations, so you will want to ensure that you are dealing with a dog breeder that respects your new Pug Pit puppy.

The best way to avoid shady breeders is to ask around in the local community and find out how people (and dog owners in particular) feel about your chosen breeder.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pug Pit Puppies

  1. The Pug Pit may be a silly-looking dog, especially when it is younger, but this doesn’t mean that the pup is dumb. In fact, Pug Pit puppies tend to be more intelligent than other breeds when they are a similar age. Of course, they can also be clever, so keep a close eye on them.
  2. Unlike regular Pugs, these dogs will tend to grow quite a bit from their puppy stage, so don’t expect a Pug Pit to be all that small. Enjoy your Pug Pit’s puppy stage while it lasts, since these dogs can grow to be nearly as large as a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier.
  3. Pug Pit puppies have short legs that can make their proportions look silly, and this does not change with age. When compared to a standard Pit Bull, these dogs have much shorter legs relative to their body.

Physical Traits of the Pug Pit

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As you can expect from the parent breeds, the Pug Pit is a very recognizable dog with a hybrid of the Pug’s pushed-in snout and the Pit Bull’s more prominent one.

While both of these snouts are possible in this breed, pure examples will have one that is halfway between the look of both parent breeds.

While the head is very distinctive, the body of the Pug Pit looks a little more like the one you will find on other, similar mixed breeds.

The Pug Pit has the short, stocky, and muscular body that you will expect to see on pitbull and bulldog mixes, though dogs with more Pug in them will typically be smaller and less athletic.

Since this dog can be somewhat muscular, you may be surprised to learn that the Pug Pit is more athletic than you would expect. This dog can often keep up with larger canines, at least for shorter distances.

This breed of dog is an excellent choice for those who like the silliness of the Pug, but want to couple it with the athleticism of the Pit Bull.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pug Pit?

The Pug Pit isn’t an unusually large dog breed, but it tends to look larger than it is because of the different proportions than you would expect from a dog with a face resembling a Pug.

Regardless, mixes with a little more Pit Bull to them will indeed be rather large, but they will also have a more elongated snout, which helps make them look more proportionate.

These dogs will usually weigh around 30 pounds, which is more than substantial with a dog that is as athletic as the Pug Pit.

These dogs are usually around one foot tall, and there tends to be relatively little variation in their height.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Pug Pit?

You can expect a Pug Pit to live for around 10 to 12 years, which may seem short for a dog that is relatively small, but it is to be expected when you consider that both of its parent breeds have short lifespans.

Beyond that, the dog has to deal with the notorious issues present in its parent bred, the Pug.

We’ll discuss the genetic health problems of this breed in the appropriate section, but know that they do little to affect the lifespan of most Pug Pits.

You will find that Pug Pits with dominant Pug genes may still exhibit some of those very snout problems, though they are few and far between.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pug Pit

The Pug Pit eats a relatively standard amount of food.

The Pug Pit is a dog that gets most of its personality traits from a single parent, namely the Pug over the Pit Bull, though it will still get some of that breed’s sweetness.

The Pug in this mix helps make the Pug Pit one of the more intelligent pets that you can hope to come across.

Pug Pits aren’t quite obsessed with food like some other dog breeds, but they adore snacks and treats, and they will not hesitate to follow you around the house for some of them.

These dogs are also very easy to excite, and once they start running around excitedly, it gets hard to stop them.

If you have owned a pure Pug, you may have thought that the breed was highly energetic, but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve raised a Pug Pit.

The athletic form of this dog combined with its relatively small size makes for a pet that is there one minute and then gone the next.

The Pug Pit’s Diet

The Pug Pit will eat a relatively standard amount of food for a pet that is so small and energetic.

You won’t need to feed one of these dogs more than two cups per day to ensure that they stay adequately fed, and particularly exerting days can be rewarded with an extra half-cup of food.

The monthly cost of the Pug Pit comes out to around 30 to 40 dollars, depending on the quality of the food and whether or not it has been purchased in bulk.

Quality dog food is an excellent option for the Pug Pit, as food with filler can lead to your dog feeling full without getting the needed nutrition.

How Much Exercise Does the Pug Pit Need?

As the Pug Pit uses up a lot of its energy reserves just by running around the house, this breed will need less exercise than you may expect.

Only six miles of exercise per week is necessary for these pets, which is still quite substantial for a smaller dog. Around 45 minutes of daily exercise should fulfill these needs.

Pug Pit Health and Conditions

The Pug is a breed that is notorious for suffering from breathing issues due to the distinctive shape of its snout.

Thankfully, the Pug Pit typically doesn’t have that many problems since it is mixed with a Pit Bull that has a more elongated nose. Keep in mind that issues are still possible, however.

Serious Issues

  • Mange
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Pug Encephalitis
  • Hip Dysplasia

Minor Issues

  • Allergies
  • Eye problems

Supplements and Vitamins

Despite its small stature, your Pug Pit needs quite a healthy diet due to it being very energetic.

If you are absolutely sure that you are fulfilling all of its nutritional requirements with the food you feed it regularly, then you have nothing to worry about.

However, sometimes the body of your dog cannot absorb all the nutrients in the food properly.

Moreover, its diet might be missing one or a few of the essential nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy and grow.

In this case, you need to explore different supplements and vitamins which will help your dog stay active, fit, and energetic.

The first step is to find out whether your Pug Pit is allergic to supplements, and if so, consider hypoallergenic supplement options for it.

Once you settle on a supplement or vitamin, make sure you get the go-ahead from your vet who knows the safest supplements for your pet.

One very popular supplement that dogs love is the Healthy Breeds Multivitamin Daily Dietary Supplement which is a delicious blend of various essential vitamins.

This supplement will improve the condition of the skin and the coat of your dog besides improving its digestion and bladder support.

You should also consider organ meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products to provide your Pug Pit with sufficient Vitamin B12 which is extremely important for its cellular health.

If you Pug Pit experiences any hip, elbow, knees, or joint issues, you should look into joint health supplements such as the All-Natural Hip & Joint Supplement for Dogs.

Furthermore, the Doggie Dailies Glucosamine for Dogs is a supplement which will prevent joint problems and diseases such as arthritis.

Also, to ensure that the digestive system of your Pug Pit functions properly, regularly give it a small amount of probiotics.

Lastly, fish oil, such as Salmon Oil, is another popular choice of supplement which gives one of the most important nutrients to your dog – fatty acids in the form of Omega-3.

My Final Thoughts on the Pug Pit

The Pug Pit takes some of the best qualities of its parent breeds and combines them into a dog that is both caring and intelligent.

I hope that this guide has given you a good idea of what you can expect when you bring a dog of this breed into your home.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

8.5
Cost to Buy
9
Cuteness Level
8
Family Safety
7.5
Friendliness
5.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
7
Exercise Required
5.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.3 / 10

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Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, 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.
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